Northeast’s Schlote earns NVMA recognition

Published on: August 27, 2019

NORFOLK, NE – A Northeast Community College veterinary technician instructor is considered one of the best in his field in Nebraska.

Joshua Schlote, LVT, was presented with the Outstanding Licensed Veterinary Technician Award by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association in 2017.

Schlote is a veterinary technician instructor in the Agriculture, Math and Science Division at Northeast.  He has taught at the College since 2007.

“Josh has been a shining example of a how a veterinary technician can grow within the veterinary medical field,” said Dr. Michael Cooper (pictured on left), veterinary technology program director at Northeast Community College, who presented Schlote the award. “Whether it is continuing their education, providing continuing education, or co-authoring a textbook, all veterinary technicians can expand their skills as a member of the veterinary health team.”

Schlote holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Technology Advanced Clinic Care. His areas of interest include anesthesia, pain management and emergency and critical care. He has six years of clinic experience.

Corinne Morris, dean of Agriculture, Math and Science, said Schlote is most deserving of the award.

“Josh is an outstanding technician and an incredible teacher for future techs. On many occasions, I have had the pleasure to observe him demonstrating best practices for our students. I know that he is making a positive difference every day in the work that he does with the animals at our clinic and for the students he is training to be conscientious and competent technicians.”

Morris said students speak very highly of Schlote and often comment on how much they appreciate his teaching style.

“They credit him for being very knowledgeable and able to explain difficult content to their levels of understanding,” she said. “Mr. Schlote is also well respected by his colleagues here at the College. As his dean, I am very fortunate to work with Joshua and have appreciated his positive, caring, yet challenging approach to education.”

Schlote co-authored a textbook related to his field. “Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technicians,” published by Bluedoor Publishing, shows learners how to position cats, dogs, horses and other animals for imaging procedures, including X-rays and ultrasounds.

The Veterinary Technology Program at Northeast Community College is designed to prepare entry-level veterinary technicians through classroom study, laboratory and clinical practice with fundamental veterinary technician skills. After successful completion of the program, students should be able to successfully complete the licensing requirements in their state of residence. This program will work toward meeting the needs of the State of Nebraska for well qualified veterinary technicians to perform duties under the scope of the Veterinary Medicine Practice Act.

The program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Funding for the$23 million project is currently being solicited to enhance and expand the agriculture facilities at Northeast Community College. In addition to the College’s commitment of $10 million, Northeast is seeking at least $13 million in private funds to begin the initial phase of construction, which includes a new farm site with a farm office and storage, a large animal handling facility and other farm structures for livestock operations, and a new veterinary technology clinic and classrooms. The new facilities will be located near the Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex on East Benjamin Avenue.

For more information, contact Northeast Community College Associate Vice President of Development and External Affairs Dr. Tracy Kruse,, 402-844-7056. Online donations can be made through the website Checks can be mailed to: Nexus Campaign, Northeast Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 469, Norfolk, NE 68702-0469.

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Joshua Schlote, LVT (Courtesy Northeast Community College)