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This program combines the study of college-level general education courses and extensive course work in science and animal health theory and practice designed to prepare graduates for careers as registered veterinary technicians. Acceptance into the program is competitive; the Veterinary Technology Admission Committee evaluates applicants. For admission procedures, contact either Veterinary Technology or the Office of Admissions.

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Veterinary Technology Admission Procedures

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Courses Offered
VAT101 Introduction to Veterinary Technology
VAT102 The Veterinary Profession
VAT103 Animal Care
VAT106 Applied Pharmacology
VAT107 Hospital Care
VAT108 Clinical Applications
VAT113 Principles of Clinical Medicine I
VAT114 Principles of Clinical Medicine II
VAT199 Veterinary Technology Internship
VAT250 Veterinary Hospital Technology I
VAT252 Applied Radiology
VAT256 Veterinary Hospital Technology II
VAT258 Clinical Pathological Techniques
VAT263 Equine Technology
VAT264 Laboratory Animal Technology
VAT265 Food Animal Technology

Required for Veterinary Technology:

Veterinary Technology Admission Procedures

  1. Prerequisites for the program are high school or college level biology and chemistry.  These courses must have been accompanied by a laboratory session and been completed within 5 years of the registration date into the Veterinary Technology Program.  The student must have completed the courses with a “C” or above.  For example, if you are applying for the fall 2011 semester, the date of completion for the biology and chemistry courses cannot be any earlier than 2006.
  2. Complete a general Application for Admission (denote Veterinary Technology as your major).  This application can be submitted to the Office of Admissions in Student Services or completed on-line at
  3. Pay the one-time, non-refundable $25 application fee.
  4. Obtain a Veterinary Technology Supplemental Application from the Veterinary Technology Department, Career Education Building, Room #001, or (636) 797-3000, extension 3424 or 3488.  Return the completed application to:
    Jefferson College
    Veterinary Technology
    1000 Viking Drive
    Hillsboro, MO 63050
  5. Pay the $30 Veterinary Technology application fee (please pay at the cashier’s window located in the Student Center) and enclose a paid receipt in the Veterinary Technology Supplemental Application.
  6. Submit official copies of high school and college transcripts to the Jefferson College Admissions Department.
  7. Complete the COMPASS placement exam given in the Testing Center at Jefferson College.

a.  Applicants are required to take the COMPASS Placement

     Exam within two years of application and are required to meet 

    minimum scores in each area to be considered for the 

    Veterinary Technology Program. 

     The minimum scores are as follows:


Reading   81 or above
Writing  70 or above
Math  Algebra; 42 or above


b.     In order for an applicant to take the COMPASS exam, he or she must make a general application to Jefferson College first.  Once the application is made, COMPASS is given on a walk-in basis anytime the Testing Center is open.  Be sure to bring a photo I.D. (Driver’s License, State I.D., or Jefferson College Student I.D.) and allow 2 1/2 hours for the test.  There is no charge the first time an applicant takes the COMPASS exam.  If additional attempts are needed to improve scores, a referral form is needed from an instructor and a $10 fee must be paid at the cashier located in the Student Center.   Please visit the Jefferson College website for further information regarding Testing Center policies and procedures, Testing Center hours of operation, and COMPASS Placement Exam informational literature.  

8.  Submit two form letters of professional or academic recommendation.  These letters should be sent to:
Jefferson College
Veterinary Technology
1000 Viking Drive
Hillsboro, MO 63050

9.  General Admission Applications can be completed and returned at any time.  The Veterinary Technology Supplemental Application can be completed and returned to the Jefferson College Veterinary Technology Department from July 1 through February 28 of each year.

10.  The Veterinary Technology Admissions Committee meets to review applications in March of each year.  ONLY COMPLETE FILES WILL BE REVIEWED.  A maximum number of 36 students will be accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program.  Letters will be sent to individuals informing them of the committee’s decision.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 )
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