Veterinary Technology Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Veterinary Technician?
Veterinary technicians are skilled professionals who are vital members of the Veterinary Health Care Team. Veterinary technicians perform many important duties in a veterinary hospital or clinic, including the following:
- Client education
- Performing a variety of animal nursing skills
- Performing diagnostic laboratory tests such as blood work, urinalysis and x-rays
- Taking x-rays
- Administering anesthesia and assisting in surgery
- Record keeping
What are the career opportunities for a Veterinary Technician?
The Veterinary Technician profession offers opportunities to work in a variety of settings such as animal hospitals and clinics, medical research, military service/government work, humane organizations, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, and personal ownership of pet stores, boarding kennels and grooming salons. Students may also continue their education by obtaining a Bachelor degree at a 4 year college and becoming a Veterinary Technologist. Additionally specialties exist in Veterinary Technology. Please see the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America website for more details.
What is the program mission statement?
The mission of the Veterinary Technology Program is to develop veterinary technicians that have both excellent technical skills as well as excellent people skills.
What type of person will make an excellent Veterinary Technician?
If a student loves animals and is willing to work hard, he/she can become an excellent veterinary technician. Other important qualities include a passion for excellence as well as a willingness to work as a team member on the veterinary health care team. People skills are necessary as veterinary technicians must communicate with clients in order to effectively assist patients. Please see the NAVTA website for more information on the profession.
What is the Veterinary Technology Program like at Delgado?
The Delgado Veterinary Technology Program provides students with a high quality fundamental and practical education in both the college classroom and veterinary clinical settings. Students attend lecture classes and some of the laboratory classes at the Delgado Jefferson Campus. Students practice many of their learned clinical skills in local veterinary and animal facilities. Students also are placed into three different externships during their time in the Program. These externships give them a variety of veterinary practice settings to work in, as well as opportunities to work in locations that work with animals such as the zoo, animal shelters, and research facilities. Each of the externships lasts 200-300 hours during a semester, and provides the student with broad exposure to various settings working with animals. The locations for externships are selected by the students with the help of the Program Clinical Coordinator.
How and when do you apply for admission to the Program?
Delgado Community College is an open admissions college; however acceptance into the Program is by selection. To be eligible to apply for admission to the Program students must:
- Provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent.
- Successfully complete all prerequisite general education courses. (See curriculum)
- Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all college courses. 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
- Love animals and be willing to work hard.
- Complete 75 hours of clinical observation at one veterinary hospital (Hours completed within the last two years are acceptable; hours must be completed at a veterinary hospital and completed at one facility)
- Submit three professional letters of recommendation (cannot be family, friends, or anyone the applicant has a personal relationship with)
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. Students wishing to apply for admission must submit a completed application to the Division of Allied Health Sciences NO LATER THAN May 1st of the year they wish to be accepted to the Program. Applications are available in the Allied Health Admissions Office, or by calling (504) 671-6201.Student are encouraged to meet with the Allied health advisor at least one semester prior to applying to the Program to ensure all requirements have been met.
How do you find out if courses you have taken at other schools will transfer to Delgado?
To find out if courses you have taken will transfer to Delgado Community College, call (504) 671-6203 and for information on meeting with an Allied Health Advisor to have your transcripts evaluated. It is strongly advised that you meet with the advisor at least one semester prior to applying to the Program. If you are currently enrolled in college courses at a college or university other than Delgado Community College, you MUST list the courses you are currently enrolled in and have an official copy of your final grades sent to the admissions office as soon as possible. You must also complete a Delgado Community College Application.
What should you do to get more information on the Program?
To get more information on the Veterinary Technician profession or on the Veterinary Technology Program here at Delgado, please contact the Program Director, Jennifer Limon EdD, RVT. You may reach her at (504) 671-6782, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to apply for the Program, please contact the Allied Health Admissions Office for a current complete Information and Application Packet, or obtain the application online and submit to the Allied Health Admissions Office. You may reach them by calling (504) 671-6201.
What are the program costs?
Veterinary Technology students pay the same fee for each term as other credit students enrolled in the college. To view the current tuition and fee rates, view the tuition and fees page of the college catalog.
Note: The veterinary technician program requires 65 credit hours of study.
In addition to the tuition and fees, other approximate costs for the Veterinary Technician program include:
- Textbooks - $1400.00
- Stethoscope - $50-$100
- Uniforms (scrubs, shoes, lab coat) - $200.00
- Trajecsys skills software - $150
- Health Requirements (tetanus and pre-exposure rabies vaccinations, TB tests, physical exam, background check/drug tests) - $1000
- VTNE Exam - $300.00 (See the American Association of Veterinary State Boards website).
- Louisiana State License - $55.00 plus notary fee (See the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine website).