COLLEGE TAB: Local veterinary tech students are perfect, three years in a row | Lifestyles

For the third year in a row, veterinary technology students at Kent State University at Trumbull have achieved the highest three-year average pass rate in Ohio on the National Veterinary Technician Examination (VTNE), administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB).

Kent State Trumbull’s 2021 Veterinary Technology graduates have taken the exam and all received 100%. The program, which is administered by Kent State University in Tuscarawas, now has a three-year average pass rate of 100%. The three-year national average score is approximately 70.5%. Kent State Trumbull now holds the prestigious honor of the highest three-year pass rate in Ohio.

“It’s an incredible achievement,” said Melissa Best, program director. “Although our cohorts are smaller, compared to other veterinary technology schools in Ohio, we provide an exceptional education for our students by offering more one-on-one instruction and smaller faculty-to-student ratios.”

According to Best, community partnerships and offsite clinical partners also play an important role in student success.

For more than five years, students have taken many of their classes at the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County. A few years ago, Kent State opened a vet tech lab that looks like a mini vet clinic inside the shelter, offering radiology, lab, surgery, and pharmacy. Students also gain experience at several large offsite animal farms, exotic facilities, and a laboratory medicine research university.

“We have a great relationship with the Animal Welfare League and the veterinary professionals in the community,” Best said. “It gives our students the opportunity to work in the field and leave our program for a career.”

Kent State Trumbull’s program received initial accreditation in 2018 by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA CVTEA).

Kent State Trumbull is now accepting applications for the Fall 2022 Veterinary Technology Program. For more information about the Kent State Trumbull Accredited Veterinary Technology Program, visit

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