The Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree program is designed to prepare students to work as Licensed Veterinary Technicians (“LVT”). Students completing the program will have technical skills and competencies to assist veterinarians in industrial, commercial, and research settings as well as in pharmaceutical companies and animal handling retail businesses.
The Veterinary Technology program was accredited in 1998 by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Accreditation allows graduates to be eligible to take the Texas State Licensed Veterinary Technician examination and the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Enrollment into the Veterinary Technology program by students with felony convictions could result in denial of licensure. These students would not be eligible for admission into the program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure board and proof of eligibility for licensure or certification is provided.
A limited number of qualified students are admitted to the Veterinary Technology program every fall semester. Prospective students must have the following to apply: meet the general admission requirements to Palo Alto College and be admitted to the college, have successfully completed each required prerequisite course with a grade of “C” or better, three letters of recommendation (one from veterinarian and two from other sources), have successfully completed 80 hours of work experience in a veterinary clinic, and a complete application. Applications must be received by June 1. All applications will be reviewed, ranked, and the selected number of qualified applicants will be accepted into the program and notified by June 15. Accepted students will be required to have a physical exam, tetanus prophylaxis and pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis before entrance for the fall semester. All VTHT courses must be passed with a grade of C or better. No VTHT course older than 5 years, prior to graduation, may be counted toward the AAS degree or certificate in Veterinary Technology.
For further information, refer to the Veterinary Technology website:alamo.edu/pac/vet-tech
Dr. John Clader, Chaparral Veterinary Center
Dr. Noberto Espitia, Texas A & M University
Dr. John Herbold, University of Texas School of Public Health
Dr. Anna Kaiser, Encino Park Veterinary Clinic
Dr. Dennis McIntosh, El Dorado Animal Hospital
Dr. Tom Vice, Broadway Animal Hospital
Linda Larson, LVT, VCA Mission Animal Hospital
Nicole Reininger, LVT, MWI
Candice Robinson, LVT, I10 Pet Emergency
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