School and Ranking Information
There are currently four schools within 30 miles of Houston, Texas, that offer training programs for aspiring veterinary technicians. Two of these schools are public community colleges and two are private, for-profit institutions. Based on number of degrees awarded, level of degrees available and rankings, the following school is considered the top school in the Houston area for veterinary technology:
- Winner: Lone Star College System, located approximately 30 miles from Houston, is the largest public school in the Houston area offering veterinary technology programs. It is also the only Houston area college to offer award both certificate and associate's degree programs in this field of study.
School Info Chart
|Category||Lone Star College System|
|Rankings||Ranked as a top producer of associate's degrees in 2013 by Community College Week magazine*|
|Location||The Woodlands, Texas|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $1,408 (in-district); $3,088 (in-state); $3,448 (out-of-state)**|
|Veterinary Technology Degrees Offered||Certificate, Associate's|
|Veterinary Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||27**|
|Most Popular Veterinary Technology Degree Level in 2012-2013||Certificate (14 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||11%**|
|Noteworthy||Fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA); High success rates of students passing state and national board exams|
Sources: *Lone Star College System; **NCES College Navigator
Lone Star College System
- Internships available at local veterinary hospitals, offices or specialty hospitals
- Certificate in veterinary technology can be earned in just three semesters
- Fully accredited studies allow students to work in all areas of veterinary technology
The Lone Star College System (LSCS) includes five colleges, two university centers and six additional locations. The college was founded in 1972 as the North Harris Community College District. As of 2014, approximately 64,000 students were enrolled in the Lone Star College System, making it the largest educational system in the state. The Tomball campus is home to the Veterinary Technology Department, which offers degree and workforce training programs for aspiring veterinary technicians.
Students can earn a Certificate of Completion or an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. In both programs, students complete lab and lecture courses, as well as an internship in a professional veterinary setting. Courses include veterinary terminology, animal nutrition, clinical management techniques and surgical assistance procedures. Labs allow students to work with dogs and cats as well as large or exotic animals, including horses, cows and reptiles. The Veterinary Technology Building at the Tomball Campus includes a lecture hall with more than 120 seats, surgery and recovery rooms, dog runs and separate rooms for reptiles, small mammals and birds.