Thomasville Times Enterprise

May 24, 2014

Vet tech students pinned

Staff report

THOMASVILLE — On Thursday, May 15, Southwest Georgia Technical College held a pinning ceremony for its second graduating class from the Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program. Six students were honored in this ceremony which signifies the completion of the program and all associated curriculum and externships.

Students who were pinned include Kelly Beaty of Quitman, Stephanie Butler of Cairo, Kenzie Harrison of Bainbridge, Sara Parramore of Thomasville, Barbara Pullium of Thomasville and Samantha Tyler of Cairo.

Each of these students is not only graduating with their Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree, but three of them have secured positions with local veterinary offices. Parramore will be working at Thomasville Animal Hospital. Pullium and Tyler will be working at Cairo Animal Hospital. Butler, Kenzie Harrison and Beaty have interviews set up with prospective employers.

 “I can truly say that this group of vet tech graduates will be missed by me and the entire college. They have made a very good reputation for themselves. I wish them all the best in the world," commented Sharon Poitevint, Vet Tech instructor.

Guest speaker Dr. V. Todd Cooley, DVM at Thomasville Animal Hospital, addressed students, family and friends by highlighting his immense contribution to the Vet Tech program by allowing instructor Sharon Poitevint to transition from working full-time with his practice into a part-time role allowing her to serve as a full-time instructor.

“Today marks the end of your formal education, but the beginning of your career. The solid foundation you built at Southwest Georgia Technical College will take you far, but remember this is a life-long learning process,” Cooley began. He advised the students, “Never lose your compassion for animals. Even the ‘land sharks’ are someone’s baby.” He closed by challenging them, “Be an ambassador for your profession. Embrace change with enthusiasm, even when it’s difficult.”

In April 2013, the program received official word of their accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Thanks to this new accreditation, these graduates are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination, the national board exam for prospective veterinary technicians. They will also be qualified to apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) in Georgia.

Following the ceremony, attendees enjoyed a reception to celebrate the graduates. Refreshments, all in a fitting animal theme, were provided by the second-year vet tech students.

For more information on SWGTC’s Vet Tech Program, contact Dr. Jennifer Mathews at (229) 227-3166 or or Sharon Poitevint at (229) 227-3174 or Information may also be found by visiting