Veterinary Technology Program Application

General Information

  • Volunteer State Community College Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA as a program for educating veterinary technicians
  • 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 Spring 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. Contact us for the correct sequence of classes in the program.
  • 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
  • All courses are in-person on the Gallatin campus
  • Students should refer to their individualized DegreeWorks plan, created with their advisor

Admission Requirements

1. Admission to Volunteer State Community College

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

2. Acceptable Placement scores or 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. Minimum overall college GPA of 2.5

  • Must have completed or be currently enrolled in either Biology or Chemistry.

4. 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
  • Short essay as to why you want to become a veterinary technician
  • One reference letter: not from close family or observation location
  • Signature that student has read and can fulfill the Essential Expectations of a Veterinary Technology Student

Applications for Spring admission are due the first Friday in November. Submit applications to Dr. Hope Wright, Veterinary Technology Program Director. (scan and email to or bring in person to the Vet Tech Building, room 104A, on the Gallatin campus).

Interviews & Selections

Interviews will be the week of Finals in December.

Applicants are selected based on:

  • GPA : overall plus science (weighted based on completed hours) (Science courses: CHEM 1030 (or higher, BIOL 1010 (or higher))
  • Application and documentation components plus any relevant experience
  • Interview

Additional requirements, if accepted:

  • Must pass a background check (student's expense)
  • Must submit proof of health insurance and tetanus vaccination (student's expense)
  • Must start the process of getting a Rabies vaccination (student's expense)

Official Veterinary Technology Advisors

Dr. Hope Wright DVM
Program Director

Clinical Coordinator