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    Lone Star College System
   
 
  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Veterinary Technology


 

The two-year Veterinary Technology Associate of Applied Science degree provides the graduate with information, skills and experience he/she will need to follow a fulfilling career in a veterinary hospital, a zoological garden, industry, a medical research laboratory, a governmental regulatory program or the Veterinary Medical Corp.

Gaining its accredited status in 1990, today the veterinary technology program boasts an overall 99.98 percent passing rate on the State and National Board Examination. This success rate is unparalleled in the State of Texas and is rated as one of the highest passage percentages of the 218 plus programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Because the veterinary technology program maintains full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association, students are eligible to take all State and National Board examinations for Veterinary Technicians, as well as work in all areas of animal health care. An individual spends time in laboratories working with cows, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, small mammals, birds and reptiles, even the more traditional laboratory animals like mice and rabbits. Upon graduation, the student is free to pursue any type of animal care situation they so desire.

Job opportunities for Licensed Veterinary Technician graduates have never been better. The job market for veterinary technology graduates continues to grow. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that 25,000 veterinary technology jobs will be added in the U.S. between 2012 and 2022, representing a 30 percent industry growth - well above the norm of 11 percent.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. The entire 60 hours of credit in the veterinary technology program will transfer to some traditional four year colleges so students may pursue a four year baccalaureate degree in either veterinary technology, animal science or agricultural business. Contact an advisor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

General Guidelines

Any student anticipating entrance into the veterinary technology program should ensure that remediation is not required after admission examinations are completed and have been reviewed. If admission examinations indicate the student is in need of remediation in math, writing or reading, the student must successfully complete those requirements before applying for entry into the veterinary technology program.

Admission Procedure

Students should submit a Lone Star College application along with current (official) college transcripts to the admissions department at LSC-Tomball. After visiting with an advisor, the student should submit a separate application to the veterinary technology program with duplicate of college transcript. Note: the application to the veterinary technology program should be co-signed by a LSC-Tomball advisor during the student's visit in the admissions department. Go to LoneStar.edu/veterinary-technology-dept-Tomball for the veterinary technology admissions application or contact Joyce Brod, LVT at 281-357-3714 or joyce.e.brod@lonestar.edu

BIOL 1406  (biology with biochemistry) and MATH 1314 - College Algebra , if completed the grade must be a C or better and the course must have been taken within the last five years.

Applicants for the Certificate program must meet the same admission criteria as for the AAS degree and complete the same application process.

Program applications are reviewed and evaluated for fall admission on June 1 of each year based on the following criteria:

A.  1. Degree holder
     2. Completion of all non-vettech courses/GPA
     3. Completion of a portion of non-vettech courses/GPA
     4. No college courses complete or a high school graduate

           B. Essay

All applicants will be notified by June 15 of their status. Students may be notified by letter, e-mail or phone. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all personal information on the application is current.

When admitted to the veterinary technology program, the student should ensure that non-veterinary technology courses (math, English, etc.) are never scheduled between 7:30 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00-9:00 am Saturday and Sunday. This time is reserved for all animal clinical laboratories at LSC-Tomball.

The veterinary technology program will have an information session at the end of June each year. Students that have received admission notifications are required to attend this mandatory meeting. Important information on rules and program requirements will be covered in detail by the program faculty and staff, and questions will be welcomed.

Students receiving admission to the program should be aware that books and other supplies are required for every class along with special clothing for all clinical laboratories. Externships and field trips while enrolled in the program will also incur additional costs due to travel. Students should expect to purchase all clothing supplies at the beginning of their first fall semester and all classroom supplies should be purchased during the first week of each VTHT class.

Progression Requirements

There are no specific progression requirements for the veterinary technology program. However, VTHT 1245 , VTHT 2223 , VTHT 2331 , VTHT 1441 , VTHT 1140  and VTHT 2360  should be completed within one calendar year prior to graduation. VTHT 2360  is offered more than once yearly.  All other VTHT courses are only offered in the semester indicated in the AAS outline.

Licensing Examination

Students in veterinary technology at LSC are considered eligible to sit for the State (LVTE) and National (VTNE) Veterinary Technology Board Examinations when they have completed all required coursework and have received their AAS degree in veterinary technology from LSC-Tomball.

Contact Joyce E. Brod, LVT at 281.357.3714 or joyce.e.brod@LoneStar.edu for more information or view the website for more information: Tomball.LoneStar.edu/vettech

Programs

Level 1 Certificate

Associate of Applied Science Degree