Date of Award


Document Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


STEM Education & Professional Studies


Occupational and Technical Studies

Committee Director

Reed, Philip A.

Committee Director

Ritz, John M.


The problem of this study was to determine the training needs of Licensed Veterinary Technicians in Augusta County, Virginia to improve their knowledge and skills in the veterinary field. The study was guided by research questions that were developed to determine what the training needs of Licensed Veterinary Technicians are, what their preferred method is for obtaining continuing education credits, what methods they use to obtain new knowledge and skills, and if on the job training is effective. A survey was designed to determine what training methods are being used, what is preferred, and what training is needed in the future. The survey was given to 33 LVTs, 24 of which responded during the two-week period. Data was collected that showed LVTs working in Augusta County, Virginia want to earn more than the required six hours of continuing education credits and that they prefer in person training. The data also showed that on the job training is the most favorable source of continuing education and the most effective means of gaining and improving new knowledge and skills for LVTs.


A Research Paper Submitted to the Faculty of Old Dominion University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE OCCUPATIONAL AND TECHNICAL STUDIES