Do you love caring for animals? Would you like a career path that’s among the fastest growing occupations in the country for those with an associate degree?

The Veterinary Technology program, unique to Cedar Valley College in the Dallas County Community College District, offers courses both on site and via distance education so that you can study in the way that’s most convenient for you.

Veterinary Technology At-A-Glance


What Can I Earn?

These rates are entry hourly wages for the following Veterinary Technology jobs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth.
Source: DCCCD Labor Market Intelligence

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.

What Do Veterinary Technicians Do?

Veterinary technicians or technologists perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to help treat animals’ illnesses and injuries, including:

  • Helping to monitor anesthesia and assist in animals’ surgeries
  • Sterilizing and maintaining equipment and instruments
  • Performing lab tests to help treat and diagnose animals
  • Preparing vaccines and serums

Where Do They Work?

  • Veterinary hospitals and clinics
  • Animal shelters and humane societies
  • College and university veterinary programs and teaching hospitals
  • Research facilities
  • Veterinary medical suppliers or distributors
  • Zoos and animal parks
  • Large-scale ranching operations
  • Government regulatory agencies such as the Texas Animal Health Commission 

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Veterinary technologists are listed as eighth overall and in the top 30 fastest-growing occupations requiring at least an associate degree by CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Vet techs are also listed as 12th in its top 36 occupations with the most openings through the coming decade. 

See more about Vet Tech careers.

Guided Pathways in Veterinary Technology

A guided pathway will help you earn a college credential and build a career. It’s a one-page document that clearly shows you what courses to take (and when) to best prepare you for success in college and in your career.

Learn more about Guided Pathways to Success.

Guided Pathway
Veterinary Technology (Distance Education Program)
Guided Pathway
Veterinary Technology (On Campus Program)

Veterinary Technology Degree and Certificate Options

Cedar Valley College

Cedar Valley College is the only one of the seven colleges of DCCCD to offer the Veterinary Technology program.

Find out more about degrees and certificates in Veterinary Technology.​

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​Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) Pass Rates

On campus VTNE first attempt pass ratesJuly 1, 2015- June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates100
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE70
Three-year VTNE pass percentage70%

DEVTP VTNE first attempt pass ratesJuly 1, 2015- June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates119
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE45
Three-year VTNE pass percentage73%