Frequently Asked Questions
The Questions Most Frequently Asked By Applicants
Q. Is the admission into the Veterinary medical technology program selective?
Yes. Just because you have mailed in your application for the program, does not guarantee acceptance. You must meet the minimum requirements to even be considered.
Q. How are applicants selected for the program?
Once an applicant has met the minimum admissions criteria of the Veterinary Medical Technology program, points are assigned to each requirement based on level of completion. Once all points are calculated, the top 40 applicants will be offered acceptance to the program. See our sample point sheet on our Admission Requirements Page.
Q. How are points calculated?
TEAS Test – You must receive a minimum score for reading and math. If you receive the minimum score for each, you receive 1 point. If you score higher than the minimum score, you will be given a greater number of points.
Related Courses-For related courses completed within the curriculum (such as ENG 111), then 1 point is given. You must have earned a “C” or higher for points to be awarded.
Observation/Volunteer Hours-If you complete only 40 hours of observation/volunteer experience, you receive 0 points since it was the minimum number of hours required. However, if you complete more than 40 hours of observation/volunteer experience, points will be given based on the number of hours completed.
Q. Will I have to receive a Rabies vaccination?
The Rabies Vaccine is not required but highly recommended. Students preferring not to take the Rabies Vaccine will be required to sign a waiver releasing the college from liability should the student be potentially exposed to rabies during the course of school activities.
Q. Do I have to take courses as they appear in the curriculum sequence?
All of the courses that have the “VET” prefix must be taken in the sequence in which they appear. It is recommended that the student take all other courses in the semester in which they appear, unless the specific course in question is being transferred in from another college, making the student ahead of schedule instead of behind schedule.
The “VET” course sequence is designed to assure the student of graduation in a two-year period, provided the sequence is not broken. If the sequence is broken, the student will not be able to continue in the program without returning to the point at which the sequence was broken and continuing from there.
Q. What will the Vet Tech program prepare me to do?
The Veterinary Technology Curriculum prepares the graduate to assist the veterinarian in small and large animal practices, research and industry by obtaining and recording information about cases; preparing animals, instruments, equipment and medication for examination and surgery; collecting specimens; performing laboratory evaluations; applying bandages and splints; and feeding animals and maintaining proper sanitation of animals and their environment. Students also learn skills in office management, record keeping and communications.
Q. How long will it take me to complete the program? Will I have to attend classes full time?
It will take two years to complete the Veterinary Technology Program, which spans six semesters. Students who have had related courses prior to entering the program (or who are transferring courses in from another institution) will not have to repeat these courses unless the grade received was lower than a “C”. The number of courses taken ahead of time may decrease the amount of time spent in classes each semester, but will not decrease the overall span of the curriculum.
Classes will generally run from 8 am until 3 pm Monday through Friday. Beginning in the third semester, students will be required to complete kennel duty and animal care duty daily from 7 am -8 am and 3 pm -4 pm.
Q. Can I take the courses at night?
Currently the “VET” courses are not taught at night. Any course that does not have the “VET” prefix can be taken at night if the course is offered at night. All “VET” courses are taught during the daytime.
Q. Can I take the courses on-line?
The Veterinary Medical Technology Program at Gaston College is not an internet based program. Students must attend all classes on the Gaston College campus. The Veterinary Medical Technology Program is considered a full-time program.
Q. When will I actually begin working with animals in class?
The first “hands-on” skills courses in Veterinary Technology will begin in the third semester of the program.
Q. Will I get to work in a veterinarian’s clinic before I graduate?
Yes, each student will participate in an externship rotation during the sixth semester of the program. Each student will be assigned to a veterinary clinic near Gaston College. The externship will be a non-paid, supervised experience, which will afford the student the opportunity to apply the skills learned in the program prior to graduation.
Q. Does the program have a uniform requirement?
Yes, students will begin wearing name pins, a uniform, and laboratory apparel beginning in the second semester of the program and will continue to do so throughout the program.
Q. What kind of job can I expect with this degree?
Graduates may work in private veterinarians’ offices, diagnostic and research laboratories, veterinary pharmaceutical and supply businesses, and other areas dealing with animal health care. For more information on the field of veterinary technology, consult the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, (NAVTA) at www.navta.net.
Q. Will I have to have a license to practice as a veterinary technician in North Carolina?
What is an “RVT”? In North Carolina, a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) must graduate from an AVMA accredited Vet Tech Program and successfully complete both national competency exam and state exam. Questions regarding NC licensure should be directed to the NC Veterinary Medical Board (919) 854-5601.
Q. Will I be able to become licensed in North Carolina if I have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor?
Criminal background checks are not performed by the Veterinary Medical Technology program and are not required for admission into the Veterinary Medical Technology Program. However, a criminal history may prevent a graduate from the Veterinary Medical Technology Program from becoming licensed in the state of North Carolina as determined by the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Board. Please refer to the NC Veterinary Medical Board for specific requirements of licensure in the state of NC. www.NCVMB.org.
Q. What if I decide to further my education after I graduate from the Veterinary Technician program? Will I be able to transfer any of these courses?
Some of the courses within the Veterinary Technology Curriculum will transfer to four-year colleges. Only courses with a letter grade of “C” or higher can be transferred to another institution. VET courses will not transfer to schools of veterinary medicine.
Q. What is the entry level salary range for licenses veterinary technicians in this state?
A 2007 survey of veterinary technicians in the US indicated that the full-time experienced technician salary average for Registered Veterinary Technicians is approximately $30,500 to $36,120. Full benefit packages are usually provided. According to national surveys, salaries are increasing yearly.