Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary technologist?
A technician is a person who has completed a two-year program of study and obtained an Associate in Science Degree. Veterinary technologists receive advanced technical training and tools needed to succeed in supervisory or managerial roles. Graduates of the four-year program will also be able to pursue other advanced degree programs upon completion of the degree.
Is the job market for a technician good? What is the pay?
There are approximately five job vacancies for each graduate. Pay will vary according to experience, locale, market and responsibility.
Where can a person learn to be a veterinary technologist?
There is currently one other exclusively online Bachelor’s in Veterinary Technology degree program in the United States. Our Veterinary Technologist program:
- Gives students a strong foundational science background coupled with communication and critical thinking skills
- Offers a strong educational foundation for students graduating in biology, veterinary medicine or related fields
- Supplies students with knowledge and skills beyond that of an entry level technician in advanced nursing skills, business organization and management and current issues in veterinary science
When do I know if I am accepted?
After applications are complete and all transcripts have been evaluated, you will be notified by the Admissions Office and the Veterinary Technology program. You can check your application status by going to the Admissions website and clicking the “Check Your Status” button.
Once accepted, you will receive a letter informing you of your orientation requirements, along with any other forms that will need completion prior to registration of classes.
When do new classes start?
New students may begin in either the August, January, or June sessions.
What does the program cost?
Registration, distance learning fees, and associated course fee estimates can be found using the online Tuition Calculator. An interactive guide is available to assist in understanding all related financial requirements. Additional information can be obtained by calling the Office of Business Services at (254) 968-9107.
What is expected of students in the Veterinary Technology Distance Program?
The Tarleton Veterinary Technology Distance Education Program is based on the following assumptions:
- Completion of 42 hours of general education and support courses including all communication, math and biology requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.
- Students have the initiative, resourcefulness, and perseverance to work independently.
- Students have a solid relationship with an employer veterinarian (recommended).
- Students have experience using a computer and have access to a computer and internet.
How many courses/credits should I take in a semester?
The recommended maximum academic load for distance students is nine credit hours. Although your online courses may meet for real-time sessions for approximately one hour each week, the course workload is equal to that required for the traditional on campus class, i.e. a three-credit class requires approximately nine hours of study and work. Distance Education students must obtain prior approval of the Program Director if they wish to enroll for more than nine credit hours in one semester.
How often do classes meet?
The distance classes may meet for a 45 minute chat once a week on Blackboard, the Tarleton on-line site for distance classes. Most of the distance classes are asynchronous. They do not have a set time to meet during the week. However, students will be required to login online several times during the week to complete requirements for the courses.
How do I find out what Vet Tech classes are available?
You can get the list of available courses by going to the Tarleton Course Search website, selecting the semester for which you wish to find courses, and then selecting the Veterinary Technology option under Subject.
Do Distance students qualify for financial aid?
Yes. Financial assistance consists of scholarships, grants, loans, or paid employment offered to help a student meet college expenses. The amounts and types of financial assistance are determined through federal, state, and institutional guidelines. For more information and applications for student financial assistance, call (254) 968-9070 or visiting the Financial Aid website.
When and where do I buy my textbooks?
Students should order books and course materials prior to the start of the session. Distance Education students are advised to order books through online retailers, such as Amazon.com.
How "computer literate" should I be to begin the distance program?
Distance Education students should have the following minimum computer abilities:
- Word Processing/General Configuration Knowledge
- Copy/Paste/Web Searching
- Saving/forwarding/file management in different formats (Word processing, text, JPEG, GIF)
- Installation of Software/Using Browser Software (Netscape, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox)
What other skills should I have to be successful in the online program?
Distance Education students must be capable of self-study. Additional online learning skills include:
- Active Learning
- Working Independently
- Good Time Management
- Organizational Skills
- Taking Responsibility for their Learning
- Apply Critical Thinking
How does testing take place in the online program?
Distance Education students are required to complete midterm and final examinations for each course. Examinations must be proctored through the Tarleton Testing Center or an independent testing service that is established by class instructors.
What is Blackboard and how can I learn to use it?
Blackboard is the online site where your classes take place. It has the entire contents of the course posted on the site. There is a reference section, message boards, links, exam sections as well as the "classroom" where the weekly chats take place. The Blackboard Learning Tutorial is available free of charge prior to beginning your course work.
Do I have to register for Blackboard?
No. If you have a course in Blackboard, the instructor will "import" you into that class, usually a day or so before the course actually begins. You won't be able to access it until right before the class begins though, and that leaves most students a little worried. If you have registered for the course, it will appear in your "My Courses" section in Blackboard as soon as the instructor has made the content available.
How do I keep in contact with my instructor and fellow students?
You can communicate with your classmates and instructor through established collaborations in Blackboard — it is vital that you access the message boards in your courses daily. This is where all the communication between classes takes place. Each course contains its own collaboration sites as well as its own e-mail for you to communicate with your instructor and fellow students in the course.
What can I do if I lose internet access or my computer "crashes?"
Emergencies happen. Remember, you can access your classes with a "borrowed computer" if you have an emergency. Have a workable contingency plan ready to go should something happen.