Veterinary Technology Program Details

Applications are accepted all year. Application for the starting Fall Term will be cut off on March 1 of each year. This deadline may be extended if program seats are still available. Upon acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program, all students are required to attend a group orientation in June of the year in which they are accepted. Below is some information about the orientation

  1. The group orientation will take at least 2 hours. Students will be given their fall semester schedule. Students will only be registered for classes after completing the orientation.
  2. Students will learn about the program expectations, dress code and rabies vaccination recommendations.
  3. Students will learn the program’s Technical Standards

Program Details

Program Entry

We have a competitive admissions process to be admitted to the Veterinary Technology Program at DMACC. All complete applications need to be submitted by March 1, 2024 to be considered for Fall 2024​​​​​​​​ admission.

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Submit high school or college transcripts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. High school transcripts or college transcripts if the students have 24 or more college credits.
  3. Submit evidence of grade “C” or better in one year of high school biology or equivalent (DMACC Academic Achievement Center Biology I & II or BIO 156).
  4. Submit evidence of grade “C” or better in one year of high school chemistry or equivalent (DMACC Academic Achievement Center Chemistry I & II or CHM 122).
  5. Satisfy required assessments with a minimum ACT score of 20 or ACCUPLACER Next Gen with a minimum score of 248 Reading and 254 Writing​.
  6. Complete the Veterinary Technology Program admissions testing (ATI TEAS Exam).​
  7. ​Attend a Veterinary Technology Program Informational Seminar with Program Chair/ Director. 
    Program Information Seminar dates are:
    9/21/2023 - 5pm FFA 215
    11/16/2023 – 5pm FFA 215
    ​​​​ 2/15/2024 – Virtual
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  8. A minimum of 20 hours practical experience verified by completion of the Experience Verification Form.
  9. Applicants satisfying the above requirements will be invited to an interview as part of the departmental selection process with the DMACC Veterinary Technology admissions committee.​ Applicants eligible for an interview will be invited to interview after April 15, 2024​​.
  10. Attend any required orientation meeting.

Due to the large volume of applicants relative to the number of available positions in the program, a point ranking system will be used. Each eligible application will be given a number for anonymity and demographic data will be removed. Applicants will be given points and ranked based on:

  1. GPA
  2. Scores on admissions exams
  3. Interview with Admissions Committee
  4. Bonus points, based on the grade are given for completion of general education requirements completed before admission to the program.
  5. Ties in point value will be ordered based on application date

Recommended High School Courses:

  • Composition
  • Speech
  • General Business
  • Bookkeeping
  • Computer Literacy
  • Human Relations
  • Business Math
  • Biology (This is required.) 
  • Chemistry (This is required.) 

Veterinary Technician Specialties are the next step to advance technicians in their career. Veterinary Technician Specialists are those technicians who excel at their professional discipline of special interest. Currently there are 15 areas of specialization:

  • Anesthesia and Pain Management
  • Behavior
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Clinical Practice
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Equine Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laboratory Animal Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Ophthalmology
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Surgery
  • Zoological Medicine

In order to receive the VTS designation, the technician must go through a program that has been approved by the Committee for Veterinary Technician Specialties (CVTS). For additional information, visit the NAVTA website.


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