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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

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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.

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As a student at the Vet Tech Institute of Houston, you'll take these concentration courses:

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VTNE Information
July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015


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o   Veterinary technology students will be required to perform kennel duty on a regular basis.

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The Vet Tech Institute's program is designed to provide students the necessary skills to work as a veterinary technician after graduation.

A sample of skills include:
- Safe administration of medicine to patients
- Perform analysis of laboratory specimens
- Conduct patient assessments
- Operate radiographic equipment, including x-rays and ultrasounds
- Provide surgical assistance
- Administration of anesthesia delivery and monitoring equipment, including pulse oximeters, oxygen sources, and defibrillators

See the full list here: CVTEA Essential and Recommended Skills List