How long will it take to go through the entire program? (show/hide)
There is no fixed length of time for completing the entire degree program. There are many variables that affect how long it takes a particular student to complete the entire program, including the number of courses you enroll in per semester and your previous college experience. The average student can complete the entire curriculum in three to five years.
How much will it cost for the entire DEVTP? (show/hide)
Based on current tuition costs of $319 per course for AAHA members, completing Levels 1 through 3 of DEVTP will cost $6,699. This cost does not include tuition and fees for General Education courses or the additional veterinary technician courses in Level 4 that are required for the degree. Prices for non-AAHA members are slightly higher. Textbooks, videos, postage, or faxing and other supplies are additional. Some of these materials may be shared by multiple staff members in a hospital. Total cost of program of approximately $9,000 for all tech courses (materials not included) and approximately $11,000 for the entire program, including general education. Tuition for level 4 and general education are dependent upon the student’s legal residence. Please see Tuition/Fees for more information.
How do I transfer credits from courses taken from other colleges? (show/hide)
Liberal arts, science, mathematics and some animal science courses can be taken at other accredited community colleges or universities and the credits can be transferred to CVC. After successful completion of a course from CVC or the Dallas County Community College District, you may apply for transfer credits for courses not taken from the district. Transfer credit is at the discretion of the director of the veterinary technician program, the deans of the science and liberal arts colleges and the registrar. Course descriptions must be equivalent to the course descriptions found in the CVC catalog. Students must provide a copy of the course description and a copy of their transcript(s) to the director when requesting credit transfers.
Official transcripts must be sent from each college or university they have attended. These need to come straight from the registrar at that college or university or they will not be accepted.
Processing time is approximately 2 weeks.
The address to send transcripts is:
Cedar Valley College
3030 N. Dallas Ave
Lancaster, TX 75134
Attention: Dr. Kelly Black
How do I register and order course materials? (show/hide)
In order to get started, you will need to register for your first course by calling the AAHA Member Service Center at 800/883-6301. You will be emailed admission materials, which must be completed and submitted prior to your start in the course. Registration and payment are made through AAHA for all Level 1, 2 and 3 courses. A detailed materials list for all the books and videos that you need for Levels 1, 2 and 3 courses can be found by clicking here. You can order those books and videos published by AAHA Press by contacting AAHA at 800/883-6301 or www.aahanet.org. Materials may also be ordered through the college bookstore at Cedar Valley College.
You will register directly with Cedar Valley College for Level 4 and general education courses at 877/353-3482. You will also order those books and videos directly through the Cedar Valley College Bookstore or AAHA.
Where do I seek advice on what courses I should take? (show/hide)
Advisement for students is available by contacting the DEVTP office and speaking with an instructor or Dr. Black. Students entering level 4 and taking general education courses must undergo advising in order to receive registration forms. The prerequisite for any course in the second or third levels is the course of the same title in the level below it. In other words, before you take Pharmacy and Pharmacology 2, you must have successfully completed Pharmacy and Pharmacology 1. This rule applies to all courses regardless of your prior experiences in the field. Students must complete all Level 1 courses prior to advancing to Level 2. Some exceptions may apply.
Can I take all three levels of a single topic without taking the entire first level? (show/hide)
With the exception of the General Hospital and Clinic Information courses, you cannot enroll in any Level 2 or Level 3 courses until you have completed the Level 1 course.
Why do I need a preceptor for Levels 2, 3 and 4? (show/hide)
Development of clinical skills is a very important part of DEVTP. Each student must have at least one approved preceptor (a veterinarian or credentialed technician designated as RVT, LVT or CVT) to demonstrate skills for individual instruction, and for feedback on how the student is doing. The preceptor also provides an opportunity for face-to-face discussion of student questions.
How much study time is required per week? (show/hide)
The three levels are designed to be increasingly difficult. Study time in Level 1 averages four to six hours weekly; less for those who are more experienced and more for those new to the material. This may increase to an average of six to 15 hours weekly for the advanced levels.
Can I take more than one course at a time? (show/hide)
The program is targeted for students currently employed at a veterinary hospital. The typical course load is expected to be two or three courses per semester. If you believe your workload is such that you can complete more courses in a semester, please discuss this with the instructor prior to registration. Students who have enrolled in distance learning coures before may take up to seven courses, though it is not recommended.
Can I use older editions of the textbooks listed? (show/hide)
You may choose to use an older version of a textbook. However, page numbers in reading assignments may not coincide with older editions of textbooks. You will be responsible for and tested on the material in the edition listed in the syllabus.
How can I get in touch with my instructors or fellow students for questions or extra help? (show/hide)
Although students work independently to complete their coursework that doesn't mean you're alone. DEVTP instructors are easily accessible by phone or email. In addition, DEVTP and CVC provide a variety of Internet-based opportunities to stay in touch with your classmates and to form study groups. Students also can access the student association following the directions listed in the course.
What else will I have to do to earn an associate's degree and become a licensed technician? (show/hide)
Students must have a high school diploma or GED and apply for admission to Cedar Valley College. You must complete 27 veterinary technology courses with a grade of “C” or higher, a practicum, six general education courses with a “C” or higher, be TSI compliant and complete at least 25% of the coursework in residence. The general education courses may be available at your local community college or through Distance Learning at inexpensive rates. Please email Dr. Kelly Black at CVC for details, firstname.lastname@example.org. To become licensed, you must take and pass your state's licensing exam for veterinary technicians.