Veterinary Technology

Program Overview

The Veterinary Technology Program is a full time, five semester Associate of Applied Science degree program. The Delgado program admits one class per year, beginning in the fall semester. The program is a limited enrollment program. Prospective students must contact the Allied Health Admissions Office to initiate the application procedure. The deadline for completed applications to the program every year is May 1, with applications available starting December 1st. The Admissions Committee for the program reviews and evaluates each application on an impartial basis. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. To be eligible to apply to the program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have a love for animals and a willingness to work hard.
  2. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent.
  3. Successfully complete all prerequisite general education courses. (See below.)
  4. Earn a cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. It is recommended that students maintain a 2.3-2.5 GPA in order to be competitive with other applicants.
  5. Be able to meet program's technical standards.
  6. Complete 75 hours of observation at a veterinary hospital
  7. Submit three letters of recommendation
  8. Be able to pass a background and drug screening upon acceptance into the program. 

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Official Program Description in the College Catalog

Mission Statement

The mission statement of the Veterinary Technology Program is to develop veterinary technicians that have both excellent technical skills as well as excellent people skills. Because veterinary technicians will have a lot of interaction with pet owners, it is important that they are able to communicate well with them.

Program Goals

  • Teach an attitude of personal student ownership of their education.
  • Teach an attitude of excellence.
  • Teach an attitude of teamwork.
  • Teach an attitude of professionalism.
  • Teach the difference between fundamentals (principles) and techniques (style).
  • Teach client education fundamentals wherever applicable.
  • Teach preventative health principles wherever applicable.
  • Teach a respect for animal owners, as well as their animals.
  • Teach technical skills with all of the latest technology and techniques of modern veterinary practices.
  • Prepare students for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) given upon graduation.

Articulation Agreement with Northwestern State University

Delgado Community College has entered into an articulation agreement with Northwestern State University for 2 + 2 A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology to B. S. in Biology with Veterinary Technology concentration.

Who to Contact:
Brenda Reams Woodard, DVM
Professor, Director of Veterinary Technology
325 Bienvenu Hall
Natchitoches, LA 71497
Phone: (318) 357-5915
Fax: (318) 357-4244
woodardb@nsula.edu

Northwestern State University Biology Program Website

Note: Students will not need to travel to NSU to complete this degree program. The courses are offered online/remotely. Please note at least 30 hours must be completed at NSU (online is acceptable) to graduate with this degree from NSU.

Graduates of the Delgado program must have passed the VTNE to receive credit for certain courses and to enroll in this program.

Course Equivalencies for Associate Degree

NSU Course Semester Credit Hours Delgado Course Semester Credit Hours
BIOL 1010, 1011 4 BIOL 141, 143 4
BIOL 2040 3 VETT 241 3
BIOL 2060-2061 (Sub for BIOL 2020-2021) 4 BIOL 210, 212 4
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 101 3
OR 1010 1 VETT 101 1
MATH 1020 3 MATH 130 3
PSYC 1010 3 PSYC 127 3
COMM 1010 3 SPCH 130 3
VTEC 1010, 1011 3 VETT 102 3
VTEC 1020 2 VETT 103 3
VTEC 1030-1031 3 VETT 211 2
VTEC 2060 1 VETT 125 2
VTEC 2090, 2091 4 VETT 105, 106 4
VTEC 2600 2 none none
VTEC 3100-3101 4 VETT 235 2
VTEC 3190, 3191 4 VETT 135, 136 4
VTEC 3200, 3201 4 VETT 131, 141 4
VTEC 3700, 3701 3 VETT 145 2
VTEC 3010 3 VETT 205 3
VTEC 2900 12 VETT 121, 157, 221, 227, 251, 257 12
- - Electives 5
TOTAL 70 TOTAL 70

 Additional NSU Courses for Bachelor's Degree

NSU Course Semester Credit Hours
BIOL 1020, 1021 4
BIOL 4900 1
CHEM 1030, 1031 4
CHEM 1040, 1041 4
ENGL 1020 3
ENGL 2110 3
FA 1040 3
HIST elective 3
MATH 1060 or 1090 3
MATH 2010 3
Soc/Behav Sci Elective 3
VTEC 4090 3
VTEC 4200 (or BIOL elective) 3
VTEC 4900 6
Electives 4
TOTAL HOURS AT NSU 50
TOTAL HOURS FOR DEGREE (Delgado + NSU) 120

Accreditation

This program is accredited by: American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

1931 N. Meacham Road Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL
60173
800-248-2862 ext. 6624
FAX:       847.285.5732
Email:  jhorvath@avma.org 
American Veterinary Medical Association Website

Program Effectiveness Data

Credentialing Examination Pass Rate (2015-2018)

Category Total July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018

  Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE

  43

  Number of eligible first-time candidates

  49

  Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage

  44%