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On-Site Veterinary Technology Program

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How to Get Started

To get started in the campus program, first contact the Veterinary Technology Department for an information packet. All prospective Vet Tech students are encouraged to attend an information session on the program.

Then complete the admissions and registration process at Cedar Valley College. If you have not finished high school, you should complete the GED before enrolling in the Veterinary Technology program.

When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Vet Tech program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take.

If you are planning to earn an associate degree or certificate, please note that you must complete 25 percent of your degree requirements at the college awarding the degree.

Getting Started in the Associate Degree Program

To apply to the Veterinary Technology associate degree program, you must complete or have in progress certain prerequisite courses.

Applicants are ranked for admission according to the grade point average achieved on these prerequisite courses. Applicants with the highest GPAs are admitted for the number of spaces available.

Associate Degree Application Deadline

You may submit an application to the program at any time during the year, but first-year students start the program each August. You must submit a completed application packet before June 1 to begin the program that fall. Initial selection for the fall class will be made around June 1 of each year, and applicants will be notified of acceptance status by July 1.

If you miss the June 1 deadline, you may still submit an application. If spaces are still available in the upcoming class, they will be filled from late applications. Any application received after Aug. 1 will be held for consideration for the next year’s class.

Getting Started in the Certificate Programs

Students who declare themselves as Veterinary Assistant certificate participants are waived from taking the ACCUPLACER exam or other alternative assessment exams.

After fulfilling admission requirements, admission to the certificate program is on a space-available basis. General education courses in biology, English, math and speech are offered in both day and night classes; courses within the major area of study are also offered as day or night classes depending on the semester.


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that’s $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Courses Offered (Curriculum)

The on-site program offers:

  • 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.
  • Small Animal Assisting Certificate, a credit certificate that can be completed in two semesters.
  • Large Animal Assisting Certificate, a credit certificate that can be completed in two semesters.

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 campus-based program.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the program that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us or see our Frequently Asked Questions.