Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP)

​​Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1978, our Veterinary Technology program has also partnered with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1998 to offer a distance-education component.

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

  • All courses are offered every semester (with the exception of general education courses).
  • Scheduling can be tailored to fit your routine; 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 features:

  • Specialized general education requirements, with courses such as speech and math that are designed to apply to 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, online assignments and in-clinic exercises.
  • Flexible scheduling designed specifically for working adults — no commuting or altering your work and family lives to accommodate class schedules
  • Optimal student-teacher contact — professors are available via phone or email for questions and support

Coordinating Your Coursework with a Designated Preceptor

Each hospital or clinic with a DEVTP student-employee 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 Veterinary Technology program or credentialed technicians designated as RVT, LVT or CVT.
  • Preceptors spend at least one to two hours per week assisting DEVTP students with coursework.

Complaints and Concerns Regarding the Care and Use of Animals in Teaching

Persons having questions, concerns or complaints regarding the use and/or care of animals in the Veterinary Technology program at Cedar Valley may file their concerns in one of several ways:

  1. By contacting the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Chair, Clayton Hancock, at chancock@dcccd.edu or 972-860-8097.
  2. By contacting one of the Attending Veterinarians:
  3. By sending a letter to the IACUC Chair, Institutional Veterinarian or Division Office at:

    3030 N. Dallas Ave.
    Lancaster, TX 75134

    COMMENTS MAY BE MADE ANONYMOUSLY.
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