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Admission

VETT Program Admission

We are so glad you are interested in becoming a Veterinary Technologist!  We've compiled some pointers to help you through the process.  We spend the majority of our time with our students, so please review the following information thoroughly and carefully before contacting the program.  Many of your questions will be answered throughout the website!

Applications for the 2018 school year will be accepted from February 1, 2018 until April 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Applications received after the due date are not guaranteed review, but may be considered if all candidate positions have not yet been filled.

  • Please read through the admission requirements below. 
  • Students applying to the program must be Texas A&M University - Kingsville students who have completed the required courses listed in the first four semesters of the degree plan (also known as prerequisites).  The prerequisites help you have enough background education in certain areas to successfully complete VETT courses.  The majority of the applicants to our program will be TAMUK Sophomores heading into their Junior year. 
  • If you are a high school student who is interested in our program, you can enter TAMUK as a student in the department of Animal, Rangeland, and Wildlife Sciences with an interest in veterinary technology.  This will set you on a path to complete the prerequisites.  High school students cannot apply directly to the program.
  • If you are interested in becoming a Veterinarian, first consider joining the Vet Tech side by reading our Why Veterinary Technology page!  If you are still interested in becoming a Veterinarian, we recommend following the pre-vet degree plan.  The Veterinary Technology Program degree plan will not fulfill requirements for admission to a college of veterinary medicine.
  • Please read all of the documents thoroughly
  • Qualified applicants who have submitted all of the required documents will be contacted during the Spring semester for an interview. 
  • Admission will be decided after the interview. 
  • All applicants will be contacted individually by the program regarding the admission decision.

VETT Program Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted during the Spring semester.  Use the following as a checklist to see if you fulfill the requirements for application to the program.  Application does not guarantee acceptance.  All of the following items must be submitted and complete for a candidate to be considered.

  1. Admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK). Applicants must have been accepted to TAMUK prior to admission to the Veterinary Technology program.
  2. Read Essential Functions for Veterinary Technology and Criminal History Information.
  3. Submit the Veterinary Technology Program Application Form after acceptance to TAMUK.
  4. Completion of the 64 hours of required General Core Curriculum, Science Courses, Animal Science Courses, and Business Administration Courses with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.85 in these courses.  These courses are outlined in the Degree Plan for Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Veterinary Technology).  All of the prerequisites do not have to be completed by the time of application as long as the application indicates when the courses will be taken.  The prerequisites do have to be completed by the time classes start in the Fall.
  5. Submission of the Veterinary Hospital Observation Time Sheet Form, documenting the completion of at least 80 hours of observations and discussions with a veterinarian and/or credentialed veterinary technician or technologist in a veterinary practice.  The specific items to be observed and discussed are listed in the Veterinary Hospital Observation and Discussion Form.
  6. Submission of official transcripts from any college or university that the applicant has attended. The transcripts may be submitted with the application; they do not have to be sent directly to the Program Director.
  7. Submit three letters of reference. One from a veterinarian, one from a professor and one from an employer or other professional.  The Letter of Recommendation Form is to be submitted by the applicant’s references directly to the Program Director unless the applicant chooses to not waive their right to view the letter(s).  Each reference needs to complete the form.  We have posted below a web-friendly version of the recommendation form for the convenience of your references.

Paper application materials can be brought to Dr. Hilton's office in Howe Agriculture Bldg. Room 205 or mailed to:

TAMUK Veterinary Technology Program
700 University Blvd, MSC 228
Kingsville, TX 78363


Printable Application Materials


Online Application Materials

The following forms have been developed for online submission.  You will need a PDF reader, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, to access the files properly.  Click here to download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.  The Letter of Recommendation form should be filled out by the applicant (top part), then forwarded to the appropriate professional for completion.  Completed forms should be emailed to VETTDirector@tamuk.edu.

Additional Requirements Upon Acceptance

Please note the following special requirements upon acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program:

  1. Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Veterinary Technology (VETT) courses. All VETT courses must be taken in sequence as per the Degree Plan. Failure to achieve a “C” or higher in any VETT course will disqualify the student from continuing with the program and the student must reapply for admission. Students may reapply one time to the program and, if accepted for readmission, the student will resume the program for the semester that contains the failed course(s).  Re-entry into the program is contingent on the availability of class space.
  2. Additional fees include, but are not limited to, the following:
    • Students must have a means of transportation to externships and any other off campus required labs
    • Professional uniforms must be purchased and worn throughout the program which includes scrubs, proper foot attire and a wristwatch with a second hand.
    • Laboratory course fees and material fees.
    • Meals and parking at off campus facilities.
    • Purchase of a stethoscope
  3. VETT students are required to assist in animal care duties as part of a class grade or as a requirement of the program. This may include early morning hours, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  4. It is highly recommended that once accepted into the VETT Program and prior to beginning classes, a student should have a physical exam performed by their own physician, and have a current tetanus vaccination. All students are strongly encouraged to receive a pre-exposure rabies vaccination series.  Students may decline the series for any reason, including religious beliefs or health status and are not required to state the reason for their declination.  For those students who elect to receive the series, it should be completed as soon as possible upon admission to the VETT program and, at a minimum, should be completed no later than Oct 15th.
  5. It is mandatory to attend the Veterinary Technology orientation meeting. This meeting is held the week before classes begin.

This page was last updated on: November 6, 2017