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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. 

The veterinary field is one of the fastest growing health career fields in America. All students may not be granted admittance upon completion of all admission requirements.  Due to the growing interest in veterinary medicine, admittance to our program has become very competitive.  We require applicants to complete and submit all requirements prior to the June 1 deadline.  Only 50 qualified applicants are chosen for entrance each Fall semester using a selection process.  All applicants are notified of their admission status on or before June 15. 

Monthly information sessions and tours of the Veterinary Technology building are available for interested students.  At these sessions, students will have an opportunity to ask any questions about the program and admission process.  

All accepted applicants as well as a select number of alternates will be invited to attend a mandatory orientation held on a specific date in July.  Additional orientation information will follow after selected applicants have been notified of their status.

Accepted students will be required to have a physical exam, tetanus prophylaxis and pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis before entrance for the fall semester.  All Non VTHT and 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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  Veterinary Technology

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)