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Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP)

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Earning a degree or certificate via distance education provides maximum flexibility for busy people:

  • All of the courses are offered every semester (with the exception of general education courses). Regardless of enrollment numbers, there will always be room for you in the course you choose.
  • Scheduling of your DEVTP courses can be tailored to fit your routine. If your schedule permits, you can enroll in one, two, three or more courses. If you need to take a semester off, you can do so and then jump back in where you left off.
  • Courses are offered three times per year in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Our distance education Veterinary Technology program includes:

  • Specialized general education requirements with courses such as speech and math that are designed to apply to the world of veterinary medicine
  • Core content that focuses on an advanced education in pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical preparation and assistance, animal nursing, radiology and ultrasound, and laboratory and examination procedures
  • Multimedia courses that combine textbooks, videos, Web assignments and in-clinic exercises to deliver a challenging, hands-on education
  • Flexible scheduling designed specifically for working adults — no commuting or altering work and family life to accommodate class schedules
  • Optimal student-teacher contact — professors are available via fax, phone or email for questions and support

Coordinating Your Coursework With a Designated Preceptor

Each hospital or clinic with a student employee in the DEVT program is required to provide a designated preceptor who acts as an in-house mentor to assist, tutor and provide feedback to students.

  • Preceptors are responsible for verifying that students have completed exercises, assignments and examinations.
  • Preceptors must be veterinarians, graduates of an AVMA-accredited program of veterinary technology, or credentialed technicians designated as RVT, LVT or CVT.
  • Preceptors spend at least one to two hours per week assisting DEVTP students with course work.

Get more information about DEVTP admission requirements, courses and tuition costs, and see getting started checklists.


In order to get started, you will need to register for your first course by calling the AAHA Member Service Center at 800-883-6301. Cedar Valley College will email your admission materials, which must be completed and submitted before you begin the course.

After registering, you should check your email daily for registration information required by Cedar Valley College. This information can also be obtained from Plan to enroll at least one month before courses start to allow time to complete and process documents. This will also allow you time to purchase and receive the books and materials required to complete your assignments.

Distance Education Degree and Certificate Options

Cedar Valley’s Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP) program includes:

  • Veterinary Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree, available both on-site and via distance learning. The associate degree program may be completed in two years by a full-time student but may take longer if you are also working. Program graduates are eligible to take the Texas Examination for Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) and the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Both exams are required for registration in the state of Texas, and the Veterinary Technician National Examination is required for credentialing as a technician by several other states.

The distance education program also offers these non-credit continuing education certificates jointly with the AAHA:

Faculty Profiles

Our Vet Tech faculty members have not only relevant education and certifications but also real-world experience in veterinary medicine, so they can relate to the challenges you face at work.

Our instructors work closely with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed in school and on the job. See profiles of some of the faculty and staff in our distance-education program.

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If you have questions about the Veterinary Technology distance-education program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.