Online Vet Tech Program: Cedar Valley College
The distance learning program via Cedar Valley College, also called the Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP) is a nice option for many students because it does not have any geographic restrictions. This program is designed for anyone who is working in a veterinary hospital, and is too busy with their obligations to attend classes in-person on a school campus. This program is fully accredited by the AVMA, and is the only online school recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
The DEVTP curriculum is split into 4 levels, which get progressively more advanced as you continue through the program. For levels 2-4, you will be required to work with an approved preceptor, which is basically a vet or licensed veterinary technician that will be willing to supervise you and serve as your mentor. You can learn more about the clinical preceptor requirements in the section below.
Another nice thing about this program is that you can generally move at your own pace. While specific class assignments will always have pre-set deadlines, you can choose to take a semester off if you need to. This is a convenient option to have for people with really busy work schedules or a hectic home life.
This profile was last updated in February 2013.
|School||Cedar Valley College (Lancaster, TX)|
|Degree Type||Associate of Applied Science (AAS)|
|Program Length||No fixed time. Average student graduates in 2-5 years. (72 credits)|
|Tuition & Fees|
|Tuition||Total cost of the program for Levels 1-3 is approximately $9000. Level 4 courses: $39-$115 per credit hour depending on county and state residency.|
|Fees & Other Expenses||Textbooks and materials
AAHA Membership: $50/year
|Financial Aid||Available for 36 of the 72 credit hours.|
|Assignments include textbook readings, video-based assignments, web-based assignments, performing tasks under the supervision of a clinical mentor, writing assignments, and submitting videotapes of certain procedures. Students will receive all necessary coursework and grades through eCampus software.|
|Clinical Work/Mentors/ Preceptors|
|Students must find a clinical preceptor at the veterinary hospital they are working at. This preceptor will serve as the student’s mentor, and will assist, tutor, and provide feedback to the student as they go through the coursework. The preceptor will spend roughly 1-2 hours per week with the student, and must be a vet doctor or a licensed veterinary technician. Preceptors are only required for levels 2, 3, and 4 of the program.|
|Volunteer/Work Experience||Must be working in a veterinary hospital|
|Degree/Diploma||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Required Classes||General education requirements – speak to admissions office|
|Other||Proof of Meningitis vaccination|