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Veterinary Technology

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Veterinary Technology

“The quality education and hands-on training I received at Palo Alto College has allowed me to achieve my dream.”

Kristie McCann
Veterinary Technician, SeaWorld
Class of 2006

About Us

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.

Program Highlights

  • 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

Mission Statement

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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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills will I use on the job?

The Palo Alto College Veterinary Technology Program will develop your knowledge and skill in the following areas:

  • nursing and restraint of companion animals, laboratory animals, and food animals
  • clinical laboratory procedures in hematology, serology, microbiology, and parasitology
  • animal anatomy - (large and small animal)
  • use of the x-ray machine; film processing and radiation safety
  • administration of pre-anesthetics, tranquilizers and general anesthetics
  • formulating doses and administering pharmaceuticals to patients
  • diseases of companion animals, food animals, equine, and laboratory animals
  • client education in animal nutrition and preventive medicine
  • filling prescriptions and use of microcomputers

How much can I earn?

A registered veterinary technician's salary is comparable to compensation in other fields requiring similar education and training. There is wide variation, however, because of location, type of practice, experience and responsibility.

Who will hire me?

Most veterinary technicians work in veterinary hospitals and clinics. You may also find job opportunities in a variety of other facilities, including:

  • Laboratory and/or research facilities, such as the University of Texas
  • Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Zoos and wildlife parks
  • Pet stores, animal control, and animal welfare shelters
  • USDA Veterinary Services
  • Private companies producing and marketing pharmaceuticals
  • Animal production facilities
  • Jobs are available in rural and urban areas nationwide and overseas.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Laurie Pawelek, A.A.S, L.V.T

Veterinary Technology (VT-100)



Program Recruiter:
Leanna Ruiz, L.V.T

Veterinary Technology (VT-109)