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How it works

Program duration

DEVTP requires a total of 60 credit hours. Program completion time will vary greatly, depending on the number of classes you take per term and the number of terms you enroll in per year. On average, full-time students graduate in five semesters, and part-time students graduate in three years. If you wish to take a semester off, you may do so and then re-enroll when you are ready.

Three terms are offered per year, beginning in January, May, and September. Each term is 12-14 weeks long depending on the courses. All DEVTP courses are offered each term; each class is guaranteed to have room for all enrollees.

Program pace

Students are expected to complete work according to the course schedule. It is strongly recommended that students take only one or two courses in their first semester. Contact enrollment to determine the right pace for you. 

Course assignments

Assignments will take a variety of forms, such as:

  • Reading selected chapters in a text and taking a written test
  • Viewing a video and completing a video-based assignment
  • Practicing skills while being observed by a preceptor
  • Writing assignments
  • Online assignments
  • Making and submitting a video of yourself performing a skill or task
  • Submitting work products, such as radiographs, for evaluation

AVMA Task List

AAHA and CVC are given a list of required and recommended tasks by the AVMA that students must complete in order for DEVTP to be an accredited program. The task list is non-negotiable and in order to maintain accreditation, AAHA and CVC require that students complete the specified required tasks and didactic information. Therefore, there is no testing out of classes or granting credit for on-the-job experience. Even though some of the tasks and information in the lower level courses may seem simplistic or repetitive, students with work experience often use the information and opportunity to brush up on their existing skills and come away with new ideas.


Each hospital with a student performing AVMA-required hands-on tasks is required to provide a designated preceptor who acts as an in-house mentor to assist, tutor, and provide feedback to the student. Preceptors must be veterinarians, graduates of an AVMA-accredited program of veterinary technology, or credentialed technicians designated as RVT, LVT, or CVT. Preceptors spend one to two hours per week, per course, assisting DEVTP students with course work.

Degree and Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete all 16 technician courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Complete all five general education courses with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Transfer students must earn at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

eCampus: Your DEVTP connection

DEVTP students stay connected through our innovative eCampus system, which allows students to communicate with instructors through a user-friendly website. All students are given free access to eCampus, which features:

  • A private and secure webpage for each student
  • The ability to check grades online
  • Access to the student association

Learn more in our e-brochure

"The structure and flexibility of DEVTP are fantastic. I love being able to take as many or as few classes as I choose, and stop and start as needed. The program is very well set up and the instructors are helpful and knowledgeable."
Andrea Arnold, DEVTP student

"My instructor was wonderful: She responded to my emails, answered my questions, and gave me great advice regarding my job situation."
Jasmine Stringer, DEVTP student

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