VET Tech students attend Annual Convention

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Pictured back row from left: Laure Wajda, Alison Silveira, Rachel Barile, Dr. Darlene Jones-VET Department Chair, Maria Veliz, and Ashlee Julius.  Front row from left:  Sydni Martin and Jennifer Demers.

Veterinary Technology (VET) students and graduates attended the 152nd Annual American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Convention held July 10-14, 2015, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.   The 8,900 convention attendees included veterinarians, veterinary students, veterinary technicians, veterinary technician students, and exhibitors.  Nearly 590 attendees were veterinary technicians or veterinary technician students.  More than 1,000 educational sessions and 300 exhibitors were on hand.  The college’s VET students received complimentary registration provided by the AVMA.

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Congratulations, Gavin Estey

Gavin EsteyGavin Estey has joined the Office of Student Support Services as a Student Advisor.  He previously held several positions at Mount Ida College including Counselor in the Student Transition and Retention Services program, Learning Specialist in the Learning Opportunities Program, and Resident Director in the Office of Residence Life. Gavin has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate in Arts degree in History from Dean College. Gavin will work with students in the Animal and Veterinary Management/Veterinary Practice Management, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking, Graphic Multimedia & Web Design, Plumbing and Heating, Refrigeration-Air Conditioning and Veterinary Technology programs.

Two Technologies Join Forces

RICSAROn April 6, 2015, the Criminal Justice Club hosted the Rhode Island Canine Search and Rescue Team (RICSAR) at New England Tech’s Access Road campus. The event is part of the Club’s quarterly speaker series and was attended by many NEIT students and faculty.

For this event, the Criminal Justice Club extended an invitation to NEIT’s Veterinary Technology students. This workshop was a great opportunity for students from two very different technologies to interact and perhaps pave the way for future collaborations.

Carrie Barna (pictured above), a recent NEIT Criminal Justice Technology graduate, is an active volunteer with RICSAR and was instrumental in bringing the dogs and their handlers to campus. She began her work with RICSAR as a result of her New England Tech Criminal Justine Technology internship. For more information on RICSAR, please visit their Facebook page or link


Veterinary Technology Students Are Honored

17-Vet Tech PinningOn March 18, 2015, Veterinary Technology students were honored at the Graduate Pinning Ceremony held at the Hall of Fame room on the Post Road campus. Graduates were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin by Donna Davidson, DVM, in recognition of completing their course of study. The pin is to be worn by Veterinary Technicians worn as a symbol that they are an educated, credentialed professional. The graduates then recited the Veterinary Technician’s Oath which serves as a reminder of their commitment to the animal kingdom as a pledge to their profession.

Congratulations to the following graduates who earned their Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology on March 18, 2015. (Front row from top) Ashley Cunha, Kyla St. Laurent, Shelly Blanchard, Emily Darling, Abigail Dasilva, Cathleen Donovan. (Back row from top) Kelsey Allen, Sammi Jo Cornicell, Kristianna Dellaposta.


Working Together To Help Animals

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Using a canine manikin, VET students Jillian Jaena and Lisa Criscione position the 3D printed mock x-ray machine built by MCT students Taylor Badessa and Vishnu Harnarine. Pictured with the students is VET Assistant Professor, Donna Fortin-Davidson, DVM

Students and faculty from the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) and Veterinary Technology (VET) programs collaborated on a unique project to assist with dental care for animals.  Veterinary Technology Department Chair, Dr. Darlene Jones, along with lab assistant, Nick Raimondi, met with MCT students, Vishnu Harnarine and Taylor Badessa, whose task was to design a mock dental x-ray machine.  It will be used by the VET students to practice the positioning of and the taking of animal dental x-rays.

First, Taylor and Vishnu studied existing veterinarian x-ray machines and similar devices.  Next they documented the x-ray machines features and developed concept drawings and project charts. The design phase included 3D designing and modeling, structure engineering analysis, material selection analysis, and prototyping.  The x-ray camera head was produced on New England Tech’s 3D printer.  The support mechanism/arms and dolly were fabricated in the MCT laboratory. Finally, the prototype was assembled, adjusted, and tested.   As part of their final project, Taylor and Vishnu demonstrated the x-ray machine to the very appreciative Vet Tech students and faculty.

Dean Plowman, Mechanical Engineering Department Chair, stated, “This was a great interdisciplinary project between Mechanical Engineering and Veterinary Technology students using MCT and 3D printing techniques.  It was great to see students working together from very different programs to achieve a common goal. We are all so very pleased with the outcome.”


NEIT Faculty Named Vet Tech of the Year

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

RIVTAs 2014 Veterinary Technician of the year, Melanie Donnachie, CVT.

The Rhode Island Veterinary Technician Association (RIVTA) named NEIT’s Veterinary Technology instructor, Melanie Donnachie, CVT, as the 2014 Veterinary Technician of the Year. The presentation was made at the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Meeting at the Audrain Auto Museum in Newport, RI. She began her career at NEIT as a Veterinary Technology lab assistant and now serves as a full time Vet Tech instructor.  

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Purdue University and an Associate in Science degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College (FL). Teaching Assistant in the Vet Tech. 

Congratulations to Melanie on this well-deserved recognition.


VET Tech Club gets All Access

VET Tech Mystic Aquarium

Vet Tech Club students visited the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut and were given a behind the scenes tour of the medical facilities by the aquarium veterinary technician.  The field trip was arranged by the club secretary, Cathleen Donovan, who is a volunteer at the aquarium.

Animal Shelter Supply Drive

BradyMonday, March 2 – Friday, March 13, 2015

Coordinated by the Veterinary Technology Student Club 

Donation Box locations are located on all three campuses. All items donated will be donated to local animal shelters.   ITEMS REQUESTED: laundry detergent, dish soap, bleach, paper towels, canned cat food, unscented cat litter, dog and cat treats, new dog and cat toys, cat scratching posts, towels, blankets, cat and dog beds, new collars, leashes and harnesses, brushes, combs and grooming supplies.

Your help is GREATLY appreciated!

Vet Tech Students Learn About Dentistry

Vet TechOn Thursday, December 4, 2014, Quarter 5 Veterinary Technology students attended the 2014 Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Scientific Seminar at the Hyatt Regency in Newport, Rhode Island. These students participated in an all day Veterinary Technician program in dentistry which included dental charting for veterinary patients, intraoral radiography, anesthesia and the small animal dental patient, and client communications. This seminar provided students the opportunity to network with more than 450
veterinarians, technicians and practice managers. New England Tech is proud to offer Rhode Island’s
only American Veterinary Medical Association accredited Veterinary Technology program.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Veterinary Technology.

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VET Tech grads get pinned

16-Vet TechGraduates from NEIT’s Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology program were presented with the Veterinary Technician Pin in recognition of completion of their course of study as a Veterinary Technician. It is worn as a symbol that the technician is an educated, credentialed professional. The ceremony was held on September 24, 2014.  Congratulations to Taylor Anicelli, Deneige Arguin, Brittaney Benjamin, Lauren Chardon, Lindsey Dias, Alyssa Fugere, Jennifer Hogan, Sarah Hurd, Kathryn Lincoln, Meghan McClain, Shannon McCusker, Gabrielle Pensis, Audrey Perkins, and Meagan Stockhecker.