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Veterinary Technology, A.A.S.

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The Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree 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.

With this award, you may seek jobs such as:

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Related Award:

Veterinary Assistant Level 2 Certificate   

Total Credit Hours Required: 60

Milestone Course(s)

*** denotes Milestone course(s)

A milestone course is a course that is critical for success in this program as determined by the Faculty of the Alamo Colleges District.

Additional Program Information

Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited the Veterinary Technology program in 1998. Accreditation allows graduates to be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and the Texas State Licensed Veterinary Technician Examination (LVTE) to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician.

A limited number of qualified students are admitted to the Veterinary Technology Program every fall semester. Prospective students must submit application and documentation by the deadline of June 1. All applications will be reviewed, ranked, and notified by June 15. For further information regarding application process requirements, applicant selection and application packet, refer to the Veterinary Technology website:

Accepted students will be required to have a tetanus prophylaxis and pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis before entrance. Documentation verifying both prophylaxis will be requested prior to registration for the fall semester. 

All veterinary technology courses must be passed with a 75% grade or better to remain in the program. Students who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to continue and will be released from the program. One-time readmission to the program will be considered if space is available. Students must complete the program within three years from the date they first received acceptance to the veterinary technology program. Students who cannot complete the program within this timeframe will not be readmitted. No veterinary technology courses older than 3 years, before graduation, may be counted toward the AAS degree or certificate in Veterinary Technology.

Upon completion of Program and College requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA-accredited program, the graduate is eligible for the national examination (VTNE) and state LVT exam. Passing of a national certification exam is not required for awarding the AAS degree in Veterinary Technology and completion of the AAS degree does not guarantee passage of these exams. A graduate is not an LVT until s/he meets the requirements of the state credentialing agency. Graduates are eligible to be credentialed upon successful completion of the VTNE and, in Texas, the LVTE.


If a prospective student has a felony conviction this could result in denial of licensure. These students would not be eligible to sit for their National and State credentialing exams upon graduating from our program until a declaratory order process is completed with the licensure board and proof of eligibility for licensure or certification is provided. Applicants with a criminal record should contact the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. 


For additional information please contact:


Advisory Committee Members

  • Dr. Bradley Book, Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital
  • Dr. John Clader, Chaparral Veterinary Center
  • Dr. Norbeto Espitia, Texas A&M University
  • Dr. Wayne Deason, Deason Animal Hospital
  • Dr. John Herbold, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Dr. Dennis McIntosh, El Dorado Animal Hospital
  • Ms. Amy Ramirez, LVT, LAT, Blue Pearl Specialty & Emergency Pet Hospital
  • Mrs. Nicole Reininger, LVT, MWI Animal Health


For further information, refer to the Veterinary Technology website:



* Capstone Course
CIP Code: 01.8301.00
Major Code: VETT

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