The Veterinary Technology Program is a two-year program with a competitive admissions process that admits new classes only in the fall semester. Students must be accepted into the program before taking VTHT courses. All courses required within the listed curriculum must be passed with a “C” or better in order to progress to the next semester’s course. The Veterinary Technology Program is a collaborative effort with Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, which is where second year students receive much of their clinical education. The Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Upon the successful completion of the Program, students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology and are eligible to sit for their national (Veterinary Technician National Exam) and state (Texas State Registered Veterinary Technician) credentialing exams. Successful completion of both exams leads to the conferring of Registered Veterinary Technician status by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Students in the program are prepared with knowledge and skills to work in a number of animal health fields. While most RVT’s are employed in private veterinary practices, other employment opportunities include animal shelters, stables or reproductive facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities, pharmaceutical sales, the military, and homeland security. While the goal of most RVT’s is to promote animal health, some contribute to human health as well through biomedical research activities by working in laboratory facilities where they assist veterinarians and other scientists in medically-related fields such as gene therapy, cancer research, and cloning.
Applications will be accepted starting April 1, and the application deadline is May 31. Applications can be obtained by attending one of several informational meetings. See link on the home page to register for an information session. If extenuating circumstances, such as distance, prohibit attendance, please contact the Director of Veterinary Technology, or the Facilitator for Health Sciences Programs, or the Program Administrative Assistant (see links under Faculty) to receive additional information and an application packet.
Prior to the application deadline, applicants must have 1) completed all prerequisite course work with at least a “C” in each course, 2) gained at least 40 hours of veterinary supervised clinical experience, and 3) taken and passed ONE of the following exams with the minimum required score: the HOBET exam (>70%), OR SAT (> 1050 verbal/math composite, OR ACT (> 24 verbal/math composite). Refer to the “Admission Criteria” link for more information. Basis for acceptance into the program includes total GPA (a GPA greater than 2.5 is strongly recommended), completion of general education courses, letters of recommendation, additional veterinary supervised experiences, general animal experiences, and community and/or military service. Top applicants will be selected for an interview with the Selection Committee.
Applicants accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program must attend a mandatory orientation that will be scheduled prior to the start of the fall semester. Additionally, accepted applicants must provide proof of current immunizations (including Hepatitis B which is a three – six month series, and arrange to take Rabies prophylaxis vaccinations), current TB test, CPR certification for Healthcare Providers and submit to a criminal background check and drug screen.
The Veterinary Technology Program was approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on January 29, 2010 and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) on May 6, 2010, and accepted its first class Fall 2010.