Photo Caption: The 2012 graduating class of veterinary technology students graduate from Columbia State Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. (Front row, left to right) Amy Myatt, Elizabeth Adams, Dawn Hickey, Kristy Powell, Kelsey Senn and Amber Venable. (Middle row, left to right) Amber Gordon, Jan Boxer, Abbie Robertson, Kasey Rye, Carrie Fox and Shannon Hines. (Back row, left to right) Jessica Nelson, Katie Freeman, Mary-Elizabeth Gibson, Lindsey Schoelen, Jenna Murphy and Pamela Dodson.

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 30, 2012) - - - The graduating veterinary technology students were honored at a pinning ceremony on Saturday, April 28 at Columbia State Community College. They will each receive an Associate of Applied Science degree at this Saturday’s graduation ceremony.

A veterinary technician primarily functions as professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Qualified veterinary technicians are trained for a variety of responsibilities, including but not limited to clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, and office and hospital management.


Photo Caption (Vet Tech_Award Winners): Amber Gordon, Dawn Hickey and Jan Boxer were recognized at Saturday’s ceremony. Gordon, a resident of Maury County, received the Clinical Excellence award; Hickey, a resident of Williamson County, received the Academic Excellence award, Student Leadership award and the Vet Tech Discipline award; and Boxer, a resident of Davidson County, received the Academic Excellence award. (Pictured left to right) Amber Gordon; Dawn Hickey, class president; and Jan Boxer.
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