About the Program
The Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP) started more than ten years ago as a joint effort by Cedar Valley College and the American Animal Hospital Association. As part of the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), Cedar Valley College (CVC) has offered a campus-based, AVMA-accredited veterinary technician program since 1978.
In September 1998, the CVC/AAHA Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program enrolled its first students, and in September 2001, it was accredited by the AVMA. The college's distance learning program enrolled close to 1,000 students in 2009.
Established in 1933, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is an international association of veterinary companion animal care providers. It is the only organization that accredits veterinary hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. With the goal of helping our members provide the best possible clinical care and effectively manage their practices, AAHA has established a reputation for excellence in continuing education. DEVTP is the hallmark of our veterinary technician-specific programs.
Graduates of DEVTP receive an Associate of Applies Science (A.A.S.) degree from an AVMA accredited program of veterinary technology. By obtaining this degree, you qualify for any registration, licensing or certification exams needed to become a credentialed veterinary technician.
AAHA and CVC are given a list of required and recommended tasks by the AVMA that students must complete for DEVTP to be an accredited program. The task-list is non-negotiable and in order to maintain accreditation, AAHA and CVC must require that students complete the specified required tasks and didactic information. Therefore, there is no testing out of classes or granting credit for on the job experience. Even though some of the tasks and information in the lower level courses may seem simplistic or repetitive, students with work experience often use the information and opportunity to brush up on their existing skills and to obtain new viewpoints and ideas for performing their duties and responsibilities.
DEVTP is one of few distance learning programs for veterinary technician education that is accredited by AVMA.
Why is this important?
To become a licensed veterinary technician, DEVTP graduates must take the Veterinarian Technician National Exam (VTNE), administered by American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). The VTNE is used to evaluate entry-level veterinary technicians' competency to practice and be licensed. The exam is given in January and June of each year and is constantly updated, reviewed and reevaluated by highly-qualified item writers so that it remains a valid tool, useful in the evaluation of candidates for licensure.