2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Veterinary Technology
Degree Plan: Veterinary Technology A.A.S.

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Cedar Valley campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.VET.TECH.19

This program is designed to help meet the need for graduate veterinary technicians as indicated by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The graduate serves primarily as an assistant to veterinarians in private practice, functions in biological research or serves to meet the needs of allied health industries.

The Veterinary Technology curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with information, experience and skills needed to perform all technical duties in a practice, excluding diagnosis, prescribing and surgery. The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and graduates are qualified to take the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Examination to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

Admission to the Veterinary Technology program is limited and applicants should be assessed and advised prior to enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to have a good academic background in English, mathematics, and the biological sciences.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors 1 4
Prerequisite Total 7
Course Course Title Credit Hours
+Elective Mathematics Elective 3
VTHT 1301 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VTHT 1413 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology* 4
VTHT 2321 Veterinary Parasitology 3
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
++Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3
VTHT 1349 Veterinary Pharmacology 3
VTHT 2201 Canine and Feline Clinical Management 2
VTHT 1217 Veterinary Office Management 2
VTHT 2223 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 1 2
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
VTHT 2331 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 2 3
Course Course Title Credit Hours
++++VTHT 1160 Clinical-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant (1)
Cooperative Education Course in Semester V

Course Course Title Credit Hours
Cooperative Education Course in Semester V 3-4
Semester Total 3-4
Course Course Title Credit Hours
+++Elective Social/Behavioral Science 3
VTHT 1341 Anesthesia and Surgical Assistance 3
VTHT 2325 Large Animal Assisting Techniques 3
VTHT 2213 Lab Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2205 Equine Clinical Management 2
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
VTHT 2209 Food Animal Clinical Management 2
VTHT 1345 Veterinary Radiology 3
VTHT 2439 Veterinary Nursing Care 4
Course Course Title Credit Hours
++++VTHT 2280 Cooperative Education-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant (2)


Course Course Title Credit Hours
++++VTHT 2380 Cooperative Education-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant (3)
Semester Total 11-12
Minimum Hours Required 60

+Mathematics Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.

++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.

+++Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Sciences.

++++Clinical/Cooperative Education Electives - students must complete 3 credit hours of Clinical or Cooperative Education selected from these options. Students must select Option 1 or Option 2:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
VTHT 1160 Clinical-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 1
Course Course Title Credit Hours
VTHT 2280 Cooperative Education-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 2
Course Course Title Credit Hours
VTHT 2380 Cooperative Education-Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant 3

*VTHT 1413 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology taken prior to Fall 2015 does not fulfill the requirement for this degree.

A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.