About DEVTP

About AAHA and CVC

The Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP) started more than ten years ago as a joint effort by Cedar Valley College and the American Animal Hospital Association. As part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Cedar Valley College (CVC) has offered a campus-based, AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program since 1978.

In September 1998, the CVC/AAHA Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program enrolled its first students, and in September 2001, it was accredited by the AVMA. The college's distance learning program enrolled close to 1,000 students in 2009.

Established in 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of veterinary companion animal care providers. It is the only organization that accredits veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. With the goal of helping our members provide the best possible clinical care and effectively manage their practices, AAHA has established a reputation for excellence in continuing education. DEVTP is the hallmark of our veterinary technician-specific programs.

Both organizations are responsible for ensuring that the education provided through DEVTP:

  • Conforms to AVMA requirements and AAHA Standards of Accreditation
  • Adapts to meet the changing needs of students
  • Aptly prepares students for the National Veterinary Technician Examination
  • Leads to an associate’s degree in veterinary technology
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