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 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, humane organizations, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, and personal ownership of pet stores, boarding kennels and grooming salons.

 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.

 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 City Park 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 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.

  • Love animals and be willing to work hard.


 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.

 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.

 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, RVT. You may reach her at (504)-671-6782, or

If you wish to apply for the Program, please contact the Allied Health Admissions Office for a current complete Information and Application Packet. You may reach them by calling (504) 671-6201.