Northeast’s Schlote earns NVMA recognition

Published on: February 20, 2017

Schlote Vet Tech Award

A Northeast Community College faculty member has earned statewide recognition.

Joshua Schlote (pictured on right), LVT, was presented with the Outstanding Licensed Veterinary Technician Award by the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association at the NVMA’s annual banquet and awards program here recently.

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.”

This past year, 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.