NOVA’s Loudoun Campus held its first annual Veterinary Technology Networking event. Representatives from area veterinary practices met current students in the Veterinary Technology Program at NOVA and veterinary technology alumni who may be considering a change in their employment. All facets of veterinary medicine were invited, including small animal, large animal, exotic animal, laboratory, emergency, critical care and specialty medicine practices such as surgery, neurology and ophthalmology.
Licensed veterinary technicians are in high demand all over the country. NOVA’s veterinary students are required to successfully complete a 16-week preceptorship before graduation. During this semester, the students are legally permitted to practice their skills in an established veterinary hospital under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. The veterinary practice representatives are hopeful that students will decide to complete their preceptorship with them and remain on board as a full-time employee.
The students had the opportunity to ask specific questions about the prospective hospitals that would help them determine if the hospital would be a practice that shared the same values, qualities, philosophy and goals. The students asked questions and the practice representatives asked the students things that they would normally ask a prospective employee during a job interview. This gave the students an opportunity to practice job interview skills. The representatives provided anonymous, constructive suggestions to help improve the student’s interviewing skills.
The networking event was a huge success and organizers received compliments from both the students and veterinary practices. The event will be held annually in October.