Thomasville Times Enterprise

January 13, 2014

Brotherton named SWGTC’s Vet Tech Program Director


THOMASVILLE — Southwest Georgia Technical College (SWGTC) has named Regina Brotherton, DVM, CCRP, PhD, the new Veterinary Technology (Vet Tech) Program Director.

“Dr. Regina Brotherton is second to none and that is why SWGTC is so fortunate to have her lead the Veterinary Technology program. She arrives to Thomasville with over 13 years in the profession and experience with undergraduate and graduate level programs as well as serving as an accreditation site visitor for the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). We are blessed that her passion resides with instructing veterinary technicians,” commented Dr. Annie McElroy, SWGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Brotherton will start at SWGTC in their Spring Semester 2014, which begins January 7th. In this role, she will serve as the staff veterinarian and lead faculty member for the Vet Tech program. She will also be responsible for maintaining the program’s AVMA accreditation by ensuring their adherence to accreditation standards and acting as a liaison between SWGTC and the AVMA’s CVTEA.

“I am very excited about joining Southwest Georgia Technical College. I believe the newly established Veterinary Technology program at Southwest Georgia Technical College has great potential to positively impact veterinary medicine in southern Georgia and beyond. I have several years’ experience in veterinary technology education and fully understand the importance of technical education to the local industry and economy. After an accreditation visit to the College, I was most impressed with the college administration, faculty, staff, and facilities in addition to the program operations. My focus in accepting the position as Director of the Veterinary Technology program is to further develop it as a program of excellence that produces competent and professional graduates for years to come. My husband, Rick and I and our four children and pets will be moving to Thomasville from Tennessee. We are looking forward to joining the SWGTC family and Thomasville community,” said Dr. Brotherton.

Brotherton holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from University of Tennessee, a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Human Development – Higher Education Administration from Marywood University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Finance from East Tennessee University. She is also a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner.

Currently, Brotherton works as a consultant and independent veterinary professional with multiple emerging veterinary medical colleges and veterinary technology programs.

Brotherton has over 10 years of experience working in higher education in various teaching and leadership roles. Her most recently held position was at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, as the Associate Dean of Veterinary Student Programs & Assessment/Associate Professor for their College of Veterinary Medicine. She has also chaired and instructed veterinary technology programs at both Johnson College in Pennsylvania and Mississippi State University.

SWGTC’s Vet Tech program was launched in Fall Semester 2011, along with the opening of their new Health Science Building. This six semester program prepares graduates for careers in the field of veterinary technology. This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accreditation Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Program graduates receive an Associate of Applied Science degree, and are eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination and apply for credentials as a Registered Veterinary Technician in the state of Georgia.

For more information on SWGTC’s Vet Tech program, please contact Sharon Poitevint, Vet Tech Faculty, at or visit

SWGTC offers more than 80 certificate, diploma, and degree programs. Many of these programs provide training for some of the nation’s fastest-growing career fields including Nursing, Automotive Technology, Clinical Laboratory Technology, and Emergency Medical Technology. More information may be obtained by calling 229-225-4096 or by logging onto

Spring Semester 2014 begins January 7th. Don’t wait, enroll today!

Southwest Georgia Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.