Veterinary Technology Program Application

General Information:

  • Volunteer State Community College has Initial Accreditation by AVMA
  • Graduates of this program may take the National Veterinary Technician Exam and apply for licensure as a Licensed Veterinary Medical Technician (LVMT) in Tennessee
  • Enrollment in the program is limited to 24 students every Fall semester
  • Once in the program, you must maintain a C or better in all VET classes to proceed through the program
  • Each VET class must be taken in sequence (minimum of 4 semesters)
  • Students may be enrolled in 10 to 17 hours a semester, depending on the number of general education classes completed prior to acceptance into the program
  • Students should refer to their individualized DegreeWorks plan, created with their advisor
  • Essential Expectations of a Veterinary Technology Student

To qualify for an interview, you must complete the following and submit to the Math and Science Division Office (Warf 100) by the deadline:

1. Admission to Volunteer State Community College

  • Transfer students must submit official transcripts to Vol State’s Admissions Office

2. Completion of all learning support (if applicable)

  • High School students must have the following minimum ACT scores to apply: English – 18, Reading – 19, and Math – 19

3. Completed Veterinary Technology Application (separate from college application) to include:

  • Passport type photo (head shot - 2 x 2 inches)
  • Completed Observation Form
    • 20 hours of observing, volunteering, or work experience under the supervision of a veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician is required
    • If a Veterinarian is unfamiliar with the program, please give them this letter which explains the program, the reasons why observation is required, and what we expect from the clinic.
  • One reference letter: not from close family or observation location 
  • Signature that student has read and can fulfill the expectations of a veterinary technology student

Applications for Fall Semester 2017 are due no later than April 14, 2017. Interviews will be the second week of May.

 Applicants are selected based on:

  • GPA : overall plus science (weighted based on completed hours) (Science courses: AHC 115, CHEM 1030, BIOL 1110, & BIOL 2230)
  • Reference letter, hours of experience, personal statement (what is said and how it is said)
  • Interview

The top 24 will be granted conditional acceptance

Conditional acceptance - additional requirements:

  • Must pass a background check (students expense)
  • Must submit proof of health insurance (students expense)
  • Summer Orientation and Advising with the Program Director

Official Veterinary Technology Advisors:

Dr. Hope Wright DVM
Program Director
hope.wright@volstate.edu
615-230-3279

DJ Smith LVMT
Clinical Coordinator
donna.smith@volstate.edu
615-230-3567

Dr. Doug Shaw DVM PhD
Associate Professor
douglas.shaw@volstate.edu
615-230-3287