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Please contact Sarah Ferguson to register at Sarah.J.Ferguson@lonestar.edu or 281-357-3615
Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates. We are so proud of all of you! Your courage and commitment to endure hardships have shown your strength, determination and passion for Veterinary Medicine.
In Fall 2011, we moved into our 20,000 square foot new facility. The building complements the existing Large Animal Facility in a rustic setting on the west side of the Tomball campus. The two story, building is designed to integrate standard veterinary technologies and practices while exploring new possibilities in veterinary science. It houses a l24 seat teaching lecture hall, twelve canine runs, reptile, avian and small mammal rooms, prep, surgery and teaching recovery rooms, administration rooms, a computer room and locker room facilities.
The Veterinary Technology program at LSC-Tomball began in 1988, and has grown to become one of the finest veterinary technology programs in the United States. The program has been recognized twice as an exemplary program by the Texas State Coordinating Board for Colleges and Universities and its students have one of the highest success rates in passing the state and national board exams among the 221 accredited programs in the United States, Canada, New Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The program accepts 40-60 college entry-level students once a year, specifically each fall. Most courses are taught on campus with Clinical and Practicum course are spent off-campus completing the required clinical (internship) at a veterinary clinic or hospital, a research hospital (MD Anderson or University of Texas), a specialty hospital (orthopedics, oncology, radiology, dermatology), or other approved clinical site.
Because the Veterinary Technology program is fully accredited by the AVMA, students are allowed to work in all areas of animal heath care. A student typically spends time in laboratories working with cows, dogs, cats, horses, pigs, sheep, goats, birds, exotic animals and traditional laboratory animals like mice and rats. As a result of the outstanding reputation of LSC-Tomball’s Veterinary Technology program graduates, our students typically have 8-10 jobs available in the immediate Harris County area.
Both the Veterinary Technology Certificate (C2_VET2) and the Associate of Applied Science degree, Tech Prep (AAS_VETT) are offered.
Both the LVT and CVA routes can be found here.
Academically serious students anticipating entrance into the Veterinary Technology program must be at college level in Math, English, and Reading [after admission examinations are completed and have been reviewed]. If admission examinations indicate the student is in need of remediation, the student must successfully complete those requirements before applying for entry into the program. Application deadline is June 15th of each year.
Applicants for the Certificate program must meet the same admission criteria as for the AAS degree and complete the same application process.
In addition to the admission requirements of the Lone Star College, the following are requirements for admission into the Veterinary Technology program
1. College-Level Readiness
2. All prerequisite courses on the program must be passed with a grade of 'C' or better.
Will be required when applying for licensure by the Texas Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
No required immunizations but Tetanus and Rabies are recommended.
Physical ability and stamina sufficient to restrain, lift, & assist in the care of a variety of species of animals. Ability to stand for extended periods of time. Ability to withstand extreme weather conditions. Immune system competence. Safely lift, position and restrain animals such as; dogs, cats, cattle and horses, and supplies for treatment. Surgical assistance. Daily clinical routine, cleaning cages and feeding animals. Year round treatment and care of outdoor animals. Exposure to a wide range of chemical and biological agents.
1. Some Examples of Skills and Aptitude Needed for Success in a Veterinary Technology Career:
Per LSC board policy, students must be 18 years of age by the application deadline for consideration of acceptance to any LSC Health Occupation program, including Veterinary Technology.
VI.A.2.1. Health Occupation Programs Admissions Policy Health Occupation programs do not consider applications from Prospective Students not at least 18 years old at the time of the program application’s deadline—except that LSC-Tomball may honor a current contractual obligation with Klein ISD requiring the admission of students below the age of 18 years old. Any applicant that willfully misrepresents Material Information on the application will not be accepted or conditionally remain in a Health Occupation Program.
After visiting with an advisor, the student should submit a separate application to the veterinary technology program with a duplicate of the college transcript(s).
Program applications are reviewed and evaluated for fall admission starting on June 15th of each year based on the following criteria: Degree holder, Completion of all non-vet tech courses/GPA, Completion of a portion of non-vet tech courses/GPA, No college courses complete or a high school graduate, Essay.
All applicants will be notified of their status. 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.
The veterinary technology program will have a mandatory orentation session prior to student's first semester with our program. Students that have received admission notifications are required to attend this mandatory meeting. Important information on rules and program requirements will be covered in detail by the program faculty and staff, and questions will be welcomed.
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 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00-9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. This time is reserved for all animal clinical laboratories at LSC-Tomball.
Students receiving admission to the program should be aware that books and other supplies are required for every class along with special clothing for all clinical laboratories. Externships and field trips while enrolled in the program will incur additional costs due to travel. Students should expect to purchase all clothing supplies at the beginning of their first fall semester and all classroom supplies should be purchased during the first week of each VTHT class.
To remain in good standing and progress within the veterinary technology curriculum, students must:
Costs incurred while in the veterinary technology program include tuition and fees for the veterinary technology courses as well as additional expenses for textbooks, uniforms, testing fees, clinical/lab equipment, and licensure fees. Veterinary technology students are also responsible for the costs of their background checks, and transportation to and from clinical agencies for day and evening learning experiences. Students enrolled in the veterinary technology program are required to take nationally-normed tests throughout the curriculum and to make satisfactory scores on each test. All costs for the exams and remediation are the student's responsibility. Review the veterinary technology website at https://www.lonestar.edu/tomball-vettech.htm for further details.
Students are responsible for attending orientations and following all policies and procedures at any facility to which they are assigned. The annual medical requirements must be current. Professional behavior is expected at all times.
The VTHT programs will only allow a student to be admitted into the Lone Star College VTHT program up to 2 (two) times. Students who have failed or withdrawn from the VTHT program will be considered on an individual basis. Readmission is not automatic and is based on remediation of an individual problem area and space availability. Students who request readmission to the program might be invited to interview with the program's Readmission Committee. At this interview the student will be asked to describe what steps have been taken in the intervening months to improve the chance of success and an action plan for improvement of academic and/or clinical performance. Readmission into the associate degree program must occur within two years of non-completion. Readmission into the veterinary technology programs must occur within one year. Upon readmission, students who previously failed or withdrew from a veterinary technology course must repeat all concurrent/co-requisite courses. A student may be readmitted one time only.
The readmission rule does not apply to first semester veterinary technology students. Students who fail or withdraw in the first semester of the program may reapply for a potential second admission but will only be accepted one additional time. Students who have reapplied and been accepted into the veterinary technology program are required to repeat all veterinary technology courses. The student must also meet all current veterinary technology program requirements.
Transfer requests will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Students in veterinary technology at LSC are considered eligible to sit for the State (LVTE) and National (VTNE) Veterinary Technology Board Examinations when they have completed all required coursework and have received their AAS degree in veterinary technology from LSC-Tomball.
Because the program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, graduating students are eligible to sit for the State and National Veterinary Technology Board Examinations when they have completed all required course work. Out-of-state students may take both examinations in Texas or they are eligible to return to their home state for examination and registration/Licensing or certification.
We do not provide applicants with a list of clinics where clinical hours may be obtained. We have applicants from all over the state and even out of state, so we allow the students to make contact with a clinic of their choice to complete the clinical hours. We do require the clinical hours be supervised by a DVM or an LVT. The hours required may be paid so if you are employed at a vet clinic or find employment before the application period ends, hours worked may count toward your application.