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Vet Tech program received AVMA accreditation

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Morehead State University’s Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) program has been granted full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

The accreditation is granted through the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Thanks to this re-accreditation, MSU Vet Tech graduates will be eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, the national board exam for prospective veterinary technologists. Program graduates also will be qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in the state of Kentucky.

“We are thrilled to get word of our AVMA accreditation. This is not only great for our community and potential students, but also for the veterinarians in our area who will now have easier access to qualified vet techs,” said Dr. Phil Prater, professor of veterinary technology.

Gaining accreditation is an intensive and lengthy process. CVTEA personnel made an on-site visit to the Morehead State campus in early December 2013.

Following this site visit the AVMA identified strengths and weaknesses, and submitted recommendations to enhance the program. MSU then took those recommendations and responded to the AVMA with a plan of action.

MSU received the official notice on May 5 from the AVMA that they had achieved the accreditation.

The MSU program was first accredited by the AMVA in 1977.

MSU offers two-year and four-year degrees in Veterinary Technology, a program offered at few other Universities in the region. The University has partnerships with several veterinarians in the region to help students with job placement after graduation. While students work toward their degrees, they will receive hands-on experience in fully-functional small animal and equine clinics, located at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.

Students in the Vet Tech program take classes on the expansive 350 acres of the Derrickson Agricultural Complex. The facility houses 40 horses, 150 cows, a unit of 60 sows and swine, 40 sheep and fully functional small animal and equine hospitals. At the farm, Vet Techs will get top priority when working with and studying animals up close. In addition, students will be required to take a semester-long practicum and courses where you manage a laboratory under University supervision to give them the ability to hit the ground running when they start their career in veterinary technology.

Additional information is available from Dr. Prater at 606-783-9364 or visit


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