Veterinary Technology Program Overview
At the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, for those attending full time, you can earn your of Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree (AAS) in as little as 18 months. The program contains all elements required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
While veterinary technicians do get to spend time cuddling and loving the animals in their care, veterinary technicians are also an important part of the veterinary medical team. As a Vet Tech Institute of Houston graduate, you’ll be prepared to assist veterinarians by doing the following*:
- Treat ill or injured animals by monitoring their clinical symptoms.
- Prepare for and assist in surgery.
- Administer, monitor, and maintain anesthesia during surgery.
- Monitor animals recovering from surgery.
- Perform laboratory tests by collecting and analyzing test specimens to assist the veterinarian in diagnosing conditions.
- Take and develop radiographics using x-ray equipment.
- Fill medications and maintain a drug inventory and log book.
- Perform injections, administer medications and vaccines, and run IVs.
*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info
Graduates of the Vet Tech Institute veterinary technology program have the education and experience that employers are looking for in their employees. The placement rate as of October 31, 2012 for graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 and as reported to ACICS was 88% for the degree program.
The last 2 months of your education are spent in an externship. This is an opportunity to get real-life experience in an animal clinic, hospital, research facility, or a farm animal practice.
As a student at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, you'll take these concentration courses:
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o The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) taxonomic coding scheme was developed in 1980 by the National Center for Education Statistics to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of fields of study and program completions. The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. The institution is required to choose one CIP code for this program and believes that a code of 51.0808 is the best representation of expected occupations. The institution is required to list the following occupations (by name and Standard Occupational Classification—or SOC—code) that the O*NET crosswalk identifies as a representative sample of identified occupations for completers of a program with a CIP code of 51.0808.
25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
29-2056.00 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
31-9096.00 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
The institution notes that, due to the nature of CIP codes and SOC codes, this list of representative occupations may be expected to comprise a subset of actual graduates’ occupations; further, graduates may or may not work in each of these listed occupations.
o The on-time graduation rate as defined by the U.S. Department of Education for students who completed the program between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 is 96%. The definition is the percentage of graduates that completed the program within the normal timeframe.
o The placement rate as of October 31, 2012 for graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 and as reported to ACICS was 88% for the degree program. More graduates may have been placed subsequently, as may be shown elsewhere on this site.
o Tuition and fees charged for completing the program within the normal time for students who start the program between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 is $28,730. (Note that financial aid is available for those who qualify and the net price paid may be materially less; please visit http://houston.vettechinstitute.edu/aid.)
o The typical costs for books and supplies for completing the program within the normal time is expected—as of the fall of 2012—to be approximately $1,148 for students who start the program between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
o Potential applicants may find the following information at http://houston.vettechinstitute.edu/catalog.pdf: institutional accreditation; programmatic accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.
o Veterinary technology students will be required to perform kennel duty on a regular basis.
o Median federal loan debt for graduates between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 was $15,890. Median private loan debt and median institutional loan debt for graduates between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013 were each zero.