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Veterinary Assistant Certificate Level I

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The one year veterinary technology certificate 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.

An individual spends time in laboratories working with cows, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, exotics and 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.

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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

In addition to the admission requirements of the LSCS, the following are requirements for admission into the veterinary technology associate of applied science degree program:

ACT Scores

  • Math 24+
  • Writing 19+
  • Reading 19+
  • College Math TSI met (if within 5 yrs)

SAT Scores

  • Math 520+
  • Writing 500+
  • Reading 500

THEA Scores

  • Math 270+
  • Writing 220+
  • Reading 230+

ASSET scores

  • Math IA 45+ or CA 23+
  • Writing 45+ and 6 essay or 7+ essay
  • Reading 41+

COMPASS scores

  • Math Alg 60+ or
  • College Algebra 0-40
  • Writing 85+ and 6 essay or 7+ essay
  • Reading 81+


  • Math 86+ Writing 80+
  • Reading 78+


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 LSC-Tomball advisor during the student’s visit in the admissions department. Go to LoneStar.edu/veterinary-technology-depttomball for the veterinary technology admissions application.

Program applications are reviewed and evaluated for fall admission on June 1 of each year. All applicants will be notified of their status following applicant review date. 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 and 8:50 am, Monday through Friday, or 8:00 - 9:00 am, Saturday. 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 as important information on rules and program requirements will be covered in detail by the program faculty and staff. Questions will be welcomed.

Students receiving admission to the Veterinary Technology program should be aware that books, supplies, and special clothing will be required and should be purchased within the first week of each semester the student is enrolled in the program.

Program Accreditation

The Veterinary Technology program at LSC-Tomball is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association and students are eligible to take all State and National Board examinations to become licensed veterinary technician (LVT) in Texas to work in all areas of animal health care.


Please contact Joyce E. Brod, LVT at Joyce.E.Brod@LoneStar.edu or call 281.357.3714 for more information.

Stackable Credentials

This certificate can be stacked and earned credits can be applied toward a Veterinary Technology AAS Degree.

First Year

First Semester Courses 13 Credits
VTHT 1301 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTHT 2217 Exotic Animal Clinical Management 2
BIOL 1406 Biology I for Science Majors 4
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework: 1st Year Experience 3
Second Semester Courses 12 Credits
VTHT 1413 Vetrinary Anatomy and Physiology 4
VTHT 1109 Veterinary Nutrition 1
VTHT 2209 Food Animal Clinical Management 2
Math 1314 College Algebra 3
VTHT 1125 Pharmacological Calculations 1
VTHT 1166 Practicum Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician 1
Third Semester Courses 6 Credits
VTHT 2321 Veterinary Parasitology 3
ENGL 1301 Compostition and Rhetoric I 3
Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program Total 31 Credits


  1. Capstone Course

Additional Program Notes

  • Students should not register for VTHT or any other classes from Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. These times must be left open for clinical rotations.
  • VTHT 1125 (Distance Learning available)
  • VTHT 1245, 2223, 2331, 1140 and 1441 should be completed within one calendar year prior to preceptorship (VTHT 2360).. VTHT 1105, 1413 and 2360 are offered more than once a year. All other VTHT courses are offered only in the semester indicated.

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Career Options

Median wage: $34,420
Hourly wage: $14.27

Representative career titles and job positions for this program plan include:

  • Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT)2

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation."


  1. Texas Wages and Employment Projections is brought to you by the Labor Market & Career Information (LMCI) Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. TexasWages.com
  2. Position titles vary by employer and location.


Figuring out how to pay for college is one of the toughest parts of earning a degree but attending LSC is an affordable option for most students. Tuition rates are based on residency and you can get an estimate of your costs by using our LSC Tuition & Fees chart.

Average full-time tuition is $862 per semester.

Financial Aid

Financial aid helps students and their families pay for college. There are several types of financial aid available to LSC students and financial aid packages may include more than one type of award.

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