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Campus-Based Veterinary Technology Program FAQs

 
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What are my chances of being accepted into the Vet Tech program at Cedar Valley? How tough is the competition?

In general, we have a full class of students (about 45) who start the campus program in the fall each year. If you have completed all prerequisite courses with a grade of C or better, it is very likely that you will be accepted into the program. We strive to place all qualified students (meaning that they have the prerequisite courses) into the program.

What are the class hours like?

As a general rule, students in the first year of the program have classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Depending on which lab group you are in as a first-year student, you may also have a lab on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. Second-year students have class on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

When you are on the college campus, we try to maximize your time. Classes are scheduled so that you don’t have large gaps of time between them. You can expect to be in class from 8 a.m. to 4 or 5 p.m. on most days. We do allow time for breaks and lunch.

How rigid is the curriculum? Can I schedule courses when I want them?

It takes two complete years to complete the Veterinary Technology associate degree at Cedar Valley College. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will attend courses year-round until graduation. We work on a trimester system with Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. The summer is not divided into two sessions as in other programs. Summer courses generally begin in early June and end in mid-August.

Can I finish in less than two years?

No. Because of the nature of the courses, you cannot take an increased academic load to speed up the process.

Will my general studies courses from other colleges and universities transfer to Cedar Valley? Will other courses transfer?

In general, similar courses from other regionally accredited colleges and universities will be accepted for transfer to Cedar Valley and other colleges of DCCCD. Courses intended to substitute for degree requirements must be nearly identical in course content and outcomes. Substitution for degree requirements is at the discretion of the Vet Tech program director, the dean of Business/Science/Technology and the vice president of Student and Academic Affairs of the college.

When requesting substitutions, it is important to include course descriptions from the college catalog where the course was completed. This does not guarantee acceptance, but it is important for verifying course content and outcomes. Course descriptions should be included when submitting transcripts for evaluation.

What are Vet Tech courses like? Are they difficult?

This is a technical program, meaning that a great deal of time is spent on learning and practicing technical skills and tasks. In addition, we expect students to develop a fundamental knowledge in many areas of veterinary medicine. The difference between a registered technician and an assistant trained on the job is knowledge. The RVT not only knows how to do technical tasks, but why it is being done in a specific manner, what to do if something goes wrong and how to improvise when appropriate.

How much will the program cost?

The cost for the program will vary depending on your residency status. Tuition in the Dallas County Community College District is based on residency and is classified as in-county for students residing in Dallas County, out-of-county for students residing anywhere else in Texas and out-of-state/country for anyone residing outside of Texas.

In most semesters, you will take an average load of 12 semester credit hours. Other costs include textbooks, uniforms and other needed supplies. On average, it will cost approximately $4,000 for an in-county resident for the entire program.

Dallas County residents pay $156 per three-hour class — that is $52 per credit hour, or just $624 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

  See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for qualifying students. Contact the Cedar Valley College Financial Aid Office at 972-860-8280 for details on applying for and obtaining financial aid.

Once I graduate, will I be able to find employment?

The employment outlook for registered veterinary technicians is great. RVTs are scarce in Texas and nationwide, and veterinarians are searching to hire them. On average, we post several jobs on our jobs listing for every student that we graduate from the program. Jobs are readily available in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, across Texas and nationally.

Is this a hands-on program?

As a technical program, Vet Tech includes a significant amount of hands-on learning. From your first semester in the program, you will begin working with the college-owned animals as well as the equipment you will encounter later in your career as a veterinary technician. On average, you will be in lectures approximately eight to 10 hours per week and in labs another eight to 10 hours per week.

Can I get into the program if I don’t have all of the prerequisite course requirements?

It is possible to be accepted into the program if you have completed three of the four prerequisite courses. Students can be “conditionally” accepted into the program. The condition is that you successfully complete the remaining prerequisite course while you are in your first semester of the Veterinary Technology program.

Can I transfer credits from my associate degree to earn a bachelor’s degree elsewhere?

The Vet Tech program is a technical program and is not designed for university transfer. You can continue your studies, but it is likely that a substantial portion of your courses will be accepted only as elective courses at most four-year institutions.

However, an articulation (transfer) agreement between our program and the University of North Texas allows students to apply all of their courses toward a bachelor’s degree in applied technology and performance improvement.