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NCC Instructor Named Vet Tech of the Year

Gail Harrell, Nash Community College’s Director of Veterinary Medical Technology, was recently named 2021 Vet Tech of the Year by the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians (NCAVT). Representatives from the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians surprised Harrell with the award during a recognition ceremony held in the college’s Brown Auditorium on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

The NCC Veterinary Medical Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to assist veterinarians. The curriculum includes instruction in anatomy, nutrition, parasitology, pathology, physiology, radiology, terminology, zoology, office practices, laboratory techniques, dentistry, and clinical practices.

The NCC Veterinary Medical Technology program is accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians. Graduates of accredited programs may be eligible to take the state exam administered by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board and the national exam administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). They often seek work in veterinary clinics, diagnostic, research, or pharmaceutical labs, zoos, education, and other areas associated with animal care.

Gail Harrell has worked in the veterinary medicine field since 1975 in emergency medicine, animal clinics and shelters, adopting animals of her own, serving on the NCAVT Board, and ultimately becoming the director of Nash Community College’s Veterinary Medical Technology program. Her hard work and commitment to serving students and helping animals make her truly deserving of this award.

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NCAVT President Maureen Susi and Director of Veterinary Medical Technology Gail Harrell


Pictured from left: NCC President Dr. Lew Hunnicutt, Director of Veterinary Medical Technology Gail Harrell, Vice President of Instruction and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jay Sullivan and Allied Health Department Chair Andrea Milks.