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Veterinary Technology at a Glance

 
photo of a veterinary technician with a dog

What does a veterinary technician do?

  • Executes lab tests such as blood counts and clinical procedures such as taking blood samples or giving injections
  • May specialize in small animals such as pet dogs and cats or large animals such as cattle and horses
  • Works in laboratory conditions, performs medical tests to treat and diagnose animals, interacts with veterinary staff and pet owners and has some direct contact with animals

What is the career outlook?

  • Most vet techs work in private veterinary clinics or animal hospitals, though opportunities are also available in research facilities, wildlife medicine, livestock management, pharmaceutical sales or increasingly in biosecurity and disaster preparedness
  • Registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) are in demand across the nation with jobs readily available in Texas
  • In Texas: projected job growth of 40 percent through 2020; median salaries of $13.05 per hour or $27,100 annually*
    In Dallas County: median salaries $12.88 per hour or $26,800 annually*

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be obtained at college information sessions.

Veterinary Technology program

Awards and coursework Cedar Valley (campus-based) Cedar Valley (distance learning) Mountain View Credit hours Continuing Education contact hours
Veterinary Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree X X 72  
Small Animal Assisting Certificate X 20-21
Large Animal Assisting Certificate X 16
Veterinary Assistant Certificate-Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP) X 21
Continuing Education coursework for specific skills training X X varied
Although registration is not required to work as a Veterinary Technician in the state of Texas, employers may prefer to hire registered veterinary technicians.  To become registered you must pass the State Regulatory Exam and the Veterinary Technician National Exam. For more information, visit the American Animal Hospital Association website. 


Measures of effectiveness Cedar Valley

Licensure exam pass rates for students**

Licensure/Certification through the American Veterinary Medical Association

70%

Employment rates for graduates***

100%

What are the program prerequisites?

Following is a list of links to the current course catalog pages listing all of the prerequisites, courses included and the length of the programs.

Other helpful links:

Who can help me decide which health science career is right for me?

Contact the Health Careers Resource Center.

What more do I need to know?

  • Admission to the campus-based Vet Tech associate degree program is based on GPA ranking of completed prerequisite courses. Admission to the certificate programs is based on space available.
  • Learn more about Veterinary Technology.

*America’s Career Infonet 2011 data for veterinary technologists and technicians
**Licensure Data Reporting System from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board 2009-2010
***Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Perkins 2009-2010