Admission into the Veterinary Technology Program is considered depending upon educational background, practical experience and references from veterinarians and educators. The following are requirements for admission into the Veterinary Technology Program:
Applicants must have completed or be in the process of completing all required general education courses and 360 hours of practical experience prior to the Fall or Spring semester for which they are applying to begin Veterinary Technology courses.
Vet Tech General Education Requirements
- BIO 103: Principles of Biology 1; 4 hours
- ENG 101: English Composition 1; 3 hours
- MTH 116: Mathematical Applications; 3 hours
- MTH 116: preferred but any MTH 100 or above will be accepted
- CIS 146: Basic Computer Elective; 3 hours
- CIS 146 preferred but any 3 hour computer elective will be accepted
- Social and Behavioral Science Elective; 3 hours
- PSY 200: General Psychology is preferred but any ASOC 3 hour elective accepted
- Humanities/Fine Arts Elective: 3 hours
- SPH 107 or SPH 106 (public speaking/ oral communications class); 3 hours
- ENG 102: English Composition II; 3 hours may be substituted for the 3 hour Speech Elective
- Applicants can have no less than a grade of “C” on any required general education courses.
Additional Admissions Requirements
- Applicants must have a minimum of 360 hours of practical experience prior to the term in which they are applying to start the Veterinary Technology Program. Practical experience must be under the supervision of a veterinarian in either a volunteer or paid capacity.
- Applicants must apply and be admitted to Jefferson State Community College or currently enrolled students must be in good standing with the college.
- Applicants must apply to the Veterinary Technology Program by deadlines found on the website.
- Veterinary Technology applications should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation (one of these letters must be from a veterinarian).
- Applicants must provide proof of health insurance.
- Applicants meeting all Admissions Criteria will be invited for an interview with the Program Admissions Committee shortly after the Application Deadline. Interviews are held on the Jefferson State Community College Main Campus
- Accepted students are required to attend a mandatory orientation for Veterinary Technology. Orientation is held on the Jefferson State Community College Main Campus
- Accepted students are required to work or volunteer at an approved veterinary clinic 20 hours per week while enrolled in the program
The student is responsible for securing a facility to work in and the program will evaluate the facility prior to the student starting their first semester.
Only veterinary hospitals within the state of ALABAMA may be used as a clinical site
Completion of the above requirements certifies eligibility, but in no way implies or guarantees admission into the Veterinary Technology Program. Acceptance into the program is at the sole discretion of the Program admissions committee.
Enrollment is limited to students who have fulfilled all application requirements necessary for the Veterinary Technology Program. New Students are accepted in both fall and spring semesters. Once the application deadline has passed; students will receive written notification of their status and details concerning an interview with the Program’s Admission Committee. Students will not be allowed to register for Veterinary Technology classes until all necessary paperwork is completed and attendance of orientation is verified.
Jefferson State does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its admissions, programs and activities in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Students wishing to be re-admitted to the Veterinary Technology Program must do so in writing one semester in advance of the anticipated date of re-entry. After reviewing the student’s records the veterinary technology admissions committee will determine if the student will be re-admitted to the program. Readmission is not guaranteed, regardless of the reason for dismissal and will only be considered if there is class space available. A student dismissed from the Veterinary Technology Program a second time for any reason will not be readmitted. Due to rapid changes in the veterinary technology field, an elapsed time of 5 years or more shall necessitate the repeating of veterinary technology courses.