Columbia State Vet Tech pins 26 graduates

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
(Front row, left to right) Amber Ingram, Laura Pierce, Ricky Watkins, Cynthia Riddley, Bailey Frazier, Lexi Meyer, Kristina Presbitero, Hannah Luna and Emily Bain (Back row, left to right): Alexis Wright, Logan Whaley, Kelsey Allen, Christina Gaskins, Brandie Miller, Jessica Stacy, Mandy Smithson, Amber Pilkinton, Ashley Rainey, Amy Dillon, Amy Aldrich, Valeria Young, Alexa Anderson, Heather Patton, Catherine Harris, Madi Nichols and Monica Arroyol.

COLUMBIA, TN -- Columbia State Community College honored 26 veterinary technology program graduates in a pinning ceremony May 2.

The following area students were among those who were pinned in the ceremony: Cynthia Riddley of Belfast; and Alexis Wright of Lewisburg.

“This rigorous program meets the growing demands of the professional community for highly-competent, entry-level technicians to assist veterinarians in providing quality care for clients,” said Dr. Kae Fleming, dean of the Health Sciences Division and professor of radiologic technology. “The Vet Tech program at Columbia State offers students a unique opportunity to combine passion and vocation in preparation for rewarding careers.”

A veterinary technician primarily functions as professional technical support to veterinarians, biomedical researchers and other scientists. Qualified veterinary technicians are responsible for clinical pathology, radiology, surgical assisting, office and hospital management and other related duties.

Columbia State has one of only five vet tech programs in the state of Tennessee. This program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and offers students the opportunity to become a veterinary technician and receive an Associate of Applied Science degree.

Columbia State is a two-year college, serving a nine-county area in southern Middle Tennessee with locations in Columbia, Franklin, Lawrenceburg, Lewisburg and Clifton. As Tennessee’s first community college, Columbia State is committed to increasing access and enhancing diversity at all five campuses. Columbia State is a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents, one of the largest higher education systems in the nation. For more information, please visit

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. We offer associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs and transfer pathways to four-year degrees.