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

Admission/Interview Requirements

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