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Distance Education Veterinary Technology Program (DEVTP)

Accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) since 1978, our program has also partnered with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) since 1998 to offer the distance-education component of our Vet Tech program.

Earning a degree or certificate via distance education provides maximum flexibility:

  • All courses are offered every semester (with the exception of general education courses). 
  • Scheduling of your DEVTP courses can be tailored to fit your routine. If your schedule permits, you can enroll in one, two, three or more courses. If you need to take a semester off, you can do so and then jump back in where you left off.
  • Courses are offered three times per year in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Our distance education Veterinary Technology program includes:

  • Specialized general education requirements with courses such as speech and math that are designed to apply to veterinary medicine
  • Core content that focuses on an advanced education in pharmacy and pharmacology, surgical preparation and assistance, animal nursing, radiology and ultrasound, and laboratory and examination procedures
  • Multimedia courses that combine textbooks, videos, Web assignments and in-clinic exercises
  • Flexible scheduling designed specifically for working adults — no commuting or altering work and family life to accommodate class schedules
  • Optimal student-teacher contact — professors are available via fax, phone or email for questions and support

Coordinating Your Coursework With a Designated Preceptor

Each hospital or clinic with a student employee in the DEVT program is required to provide a designated preceptor who acts as an in-house mentor to assist, tutor and provide feedback to students.

  • Preceptors are responsible for verifying that students have completed exercises, assignments and examinations.
  • Preceptors must be veterinarians, graduates of an AVMA-accredited program of veterinary technology, or credentialed technicians designated as RVT, LVT or CVT.
  • Preceptors spend at least one to two hours per week assisting DEVTP students with course work.

Complaints and Concerns Regarding the Care and Use of Animals in Teaching

Persons having questions, concerns or complaints regarding the use and/or care of animals in the Veterinary Technology Program at Cedar Valley College may file their concerns in one of several ways.

  1. Contact the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Chair: Clayton Hancock, chancock@dcccd.edu, (972) 860-8097
  2. Contact one of the Attending Veterinarians: 

    Dr. Kelly Black, kblack@dcccd.edu, (972) 860-8164

    Dr. Jean Eye, peye@dcccd.edu, (972) 860-8056
  3. Send a letter to the IACUC chair, Institutional Veterinarian, or Division Office:

    Cedar Valley College, 3030 N.  Dallas Ave., Lancaster, TX 75134


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