The Palo Alto Veterinary Technology Program is designed for the student who wants to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT). This is a rigorous academic program with a strong emphasis on practical application. Veterinary technicians work as part of the health care team under the supervision of licensed veterinarians providing medical, surgical, and laboratory procedure support. Students completing their Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology are eligible to take the Texas state LVT exam and the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become a credentialed LVT.
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.
50 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 are accepted from January 1st-June 1st and must be completed and 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.
- Contemporary, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment
- Strong hands-on learning program
- Dedicated, enthusiastic Program faculty and staff
- Graduates excellent performance on VTNE and Texas state VT Examination
The mission of the Palo Alto College Veterinary Technology Program (PACVTP) is to teach students to work as veterinary health care professionals; to interact with other health care professionals and patients in a professional and ethical manner; to develop the highest possible technical skills required in the veterinary field; to always demonstrate the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve; to demonstrate creative thinking and problem solving; and to provide assistance to graduates and facilitate continuing educational opportunities for fellow technicians.
This program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
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