Veterinary Technology

ProfileWelcome to the Veterinary Technology Program at Blue Ridge Community College. Our program prepares students to become an important part of the veterinary health care team as licensed veterinary technicians. Graduates are eligible to take the National Veterinary Technician Examination and the program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Please visit our program page to learn more.

3 Veterinary Technology Information Sessions

Posted by on Sep 23 2014 | Uncategorized

Please come learn more about the on-campus and distance education Veterinary Technology Programs at the following three locations:


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

4:00 p.m.

Plecker Auditorium

Virginia Western Community College

Thursday, October 30, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Room HP208 in the Fralin Center for Science & Health Professions

Tidewater Community College-Virginia Beach Campus

Thursday, November 6, 2014

5:00 p.m.

Room K320 in the Virginia Beach Campus Student Center

For more information call 540-453-2279

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Veterinary Technology lost one of its shining stars with the death of Patricia MacKenzie, LVT

Posted by on Mar 28 2011 | Uncategorized

Patricia MacKenzie, LVTPat, a 1976 graduate of the veterinary technology program at Blue Ridge Community College practiced in the Tidewater region in small animal practice for 35 years.  She was a dedicated professional who was always willing to share her vast knowledge and experience with students and peers alike.  She was an avid cat lover and enjoyed helping people provide the best care they could for their animals.

Pat continually gave back to her profession, serving the Virginia Association of Licensed Veterinary Technicians for most of her career.  She served as treasurer and President of the Association in the 1980’s and was recognized as the VALVT Technician of the Year in 1989.  She continued her service to the profession and the association as the regional director of the Tidewater association and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Continue Reading »

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What is a Licensed Veterinary Technician?

Posted by on Oct 31 2008 | Uncategorized

A licensed veterinary technician (LVT) is a trained, credentialed professional who is an integral member of the veterinary health care team. In Virginia, licensed veterinary technicians working under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian may perform those tasks related to animal health except the diagnosis of disease, prescribing drugs, or performing surgery.  Those tasks include complete dental prophys, dental extractions of single rooted teeth, routine skin closures, diagnostic microscopy, and placing intravenous catheters among many others.  All work performed by the LVT is done under the direct supervision of licensed veterinarians and is carried out in compliance with state law.  As the field of veterinary medicine becomes more sophisticated and complex, veterinarians utilize the skills of licensed veterinary technicians to help them provide the highest quality of care possible to their patients.  If you have a strong compassion for animals, have an aptitude for science and math and are dedicated and hard working then veterinary technology may be a rewarding career for you.

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