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Veterinary Technology Program

Veterinary technicians primarily assist the veterinarian by preparing animals for medical and surgical procedures, performing lab procedures, and applying bandages and splints. Responsibilities may include conducting physical examinations, administering medicine and vaccines, collecting samples, administering anesthetics, assisting during surgery, taking X-rays, cleaning and polishing dental surfaces, educating clients and managing office administration.
Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, TTC's Veterinary Technology program includes the study of animal breeds and husbandry, veterinary anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, diseases and zoonosis, and small animal surgery.

The Veterinary Technology associate degree program is one of only three in the state and one of 70 in the nation. Graduates will be able to assist veterinarians who specialize in large and small animals. In addition, there are opportunities for careers in research laboratories as well as the pharmaceutical and veterinary supply industries.

The Veterinary Technology program is located on Trident's Berkeley Campus in Moncks Corner, SC. The Veterinary Technology Building is impressive with a multi-use treatment center and separate kennel space for dogs and cats, a simulated veterinarian's office and X-ray and research labs. The surgery area has cameras focused on the operating table and amphitheater-style seating behind glass so 26 people can watch and learn.

Veterinary Technology students work with animals from local shelters, treating their illnesses and providing shots and treatments including spaying or neutering them.  The students also clean and groom the animals so they are more likely to be adopted when they return to the shelter.

WHO TO CONTACT REGARDING ANIMAL WELFARE CONCERNS

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) is mandated to evaluate concerns raised by anyone, regarding the care and use of animals at Trident Technical College. If you suspect mistreatment of animals or non-compliance with approved protocols, College policies, local, state or federal regulations, please contact the Animal Care and Use Committee Chairman, the attending veterinarian or the office of the College President immediately. The contact can be made by telephone, fax, in-person, orin writing. Individuals making the report do not have to identify themselves, unless they wish to do so. If you are relaying your concerns in writing, you may use the Animal Welfare Concerns Reporting form and the allocated drop box located within the veterinary technology facility.

Please use the following contact information to relay your concerns:

A. Attending Veterinarian

Paul Kerwin, DVM

Office: 843-899-8011

Cell: 843-442-8414

Fax: 843-899-8103

Email: paul.kerwin@tridenttech.edu

B. Animal Care and Use Committee Chair

Theresa Piurkowsky, Department Head

Office: 843-574-6023

Cell: 843-670-6826

Fax: 843-574-6159

Email: theresa.piurkowsky@tridenttech.edu

C. Office of the College President

Helen Sughrue, Administrative Coordinator I

Office: 843-574-6649

Email: helen.sughrue@tridenttech.edu

All concerns will be investigated and immediate action will be taken by the Committee as necessary to resolve any issues that are or may be a threat to animal health or safety. The minimum report must include, nature of complaint, location of where the activity being reported occurred, date and approximate time of the incident. Whenever possible, indicate the name(s) of the individual(s) involved in the activity.

Mistreatment is physical or psychological, wrongful or abusive treatment of an animal. Non-compliance means that procedures or policies are not being followed, and this may be willful or stem from confusion or misunderstanding. The Animal Welfare Act protects the rights of individuals reporting animal welfare concerns and prohibits discrimination against or reprisal for reporting violations of regulations or standards under the Animal Welfare Act

 

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