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June 8, 2011
Theresa Snook has come full circle in the Veterinary Technology program at Piedmont Technical College.
“The program was wonderful from the start,” said Snook.
Snook was working with South Carolina Veterinary Surgical Specialists in Columbia when the veterinarian there recommended that she pursue a degree. The Lexington native chose PTC because of the conveniences provided by the program.
“Most programs are five days a week,” she said. “At Piedmont Tech, I took classes and got a degree while holding a full-time job. Plus the location made it an even better fit for me.”
Snook completed the program in 2009, earning her associate degree. She took a position at the Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Columbia, but she stays connected to the Veterinary Technology program at PTC. In addition to her full-time position in Columbia, Snook works part-time as a lab instructor for the program in Newberry.
“I chose to come back as a part-time instructor because it is very rewarding,” she said. “I am able to help the animals at the Newberry Animal Shelter and the students who are learning the field.”
The program introduces the students to a variety of areas in veterinary medicine. Students have visited farms, research labs and have worked closely with the Newberry County Animal Care and Control Center. Snook says this variety is what makes the Veterinary Technology program so appealing.
“The program here is very well rounded,” she said. “We took many field trips to experience the different areas that are available.”
Snook says the program was exciting, but more challenging than many people expect.
“The Veterinary Technology program is a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work,” she said. “You learn a lot about animals, but you also see some hardships that anyone should be prepared to see. Just like with human medicine where you see some very sick and critical people, it also happens with animals and it can be very sad.”
Snook hopes that she can help the students currently enrolled in the program become successful in the field.
“Throughout the many different courses I took, I became very well-prepared for my job and was able to fit right in with what was expected,” said Snook. “The program continues to prepare students to be placed directly into a veterinary practice where they have a high success rate just like I did.”