2012-2013 TMCC College Catalog
The TMCC associate degree from the veterinary technician
program prepares the student to practice as a licensed veterinary
technician (LVT). Graduates may practice as a LVT in general
or specialty private veterinary practices, universities, research
facilities, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, or other areas
where veterinary technicians’ skills are needed. The TMCC
veterinary technician program meets all of the minimum
degree requirements for the associate of applied science degree.
The associate in applied science in veterinary technology will
be awarded upon completion of all general education and core
requirements. Upon completion of the degree the student will be
eligible to apply to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam
(VTNE) leading to licensure as a licensed veterinary technician.
Students may also need to apply for individual state exams
depending on the state in which they choose to work. The TMCC
veterinary technician program is accredited by the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Special Admissions Procedures
The following requirements MUST be fulfilled by June 1 of the
year in which you are applying for consideration for selection to
the veterinary technician program.
• Must be an admitted student at TMCC.
• Must have completed BIOL 190 and BIOL 190L, ENG 101 or
113, and MATH 120 (or higher) or equivalent courses. Students
must complete each class with a grade of “C” or better.The records
office must receive an official copy of your transcript containing
the course and grade.
• Submit veterinary technician program application and all
required paperwork as described on the application (which is
available online in the spring).
• Submit official transcripts of all college education.
If spring semester course work has not been posted to your
transcript, a letter from the college’s registrar documenting
course work completed and final grade(s) must be provided to
the records office.
Admission to the veterinary technician program will be based
on completion of the special admissions procedures and the
number of points an applicant receives. Eligible students will
be numerically ranked, according to total points. In the event
of applicants having an equal number of points, the students’
GPAs (in all course work applying toward an associate of applied
science veterinary technology degree) will be used to rank the
tied group. In the event of a further tie, individual essays will
be assessed to rank the tied group. Please see the veterinary
technician program application for more information. From
this ranked list, the fall class will be selected. Selection to the
veterinary technician program occurs on a yearly basis for the
fall semester. Applicants not selected will not be carried forward
to the next year and must reapply for consideration.
An accepted student must submit to the veterinary technician
program the following information on or before the first day of
1. Evidence of current medical insurance.
2. Evidence of required immunization status for
Diphtheria and Tetanus, and Measles, Mumps, and
Students’ progression in the veterinary technician program
is contingent upon attaining and maintaining a grade of “C” or
better in each class of the veterinary technician program (VETT
classes). Veterinary technician courses are to be taken in the
sequence outlined in the college catalog. General education
support courses other than prerequisites may be taken at any
time though it is strongly suggested classes be taken prior to
acceptance into the program.
Veterinary technician students who are unable to progress
from one course to another may apply for re-entry within one
year of exiting the program. All re-entry admissions are on a
space available basis. Re-entry is not guaranteed. Upon the
student’s re-admission, the program coordinator will outline
the necessary course work. Re-admission to the veterinary
technician program is limited to one time only.
Veterinary technician graduates are eligible to take the
Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and to apply for
licensure in the state of their choice. Each state has specific criteria
for licensure eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to contact
the state to ascertain eligibility requirements. Graduation from
an AVMA accredited program is only one of the requirements
and does not mean automatic licensure as a veterinary technician.