Vet Tech Application & Information

Veterinary Technology Program


Please carefully read the following to successfully complete the application process.

You may access the Veterinary Technology Program Application here.

1. Submit the following to the Veterinary Technology Program:

(a) completed application – Deadline for 2024-25 will be March 22, 2024
(b) three letters of recommendation
(c) college transcripts
(d) a copy of ACT or SAT test results – If you are a current Crowder student, we have this information in our system.
(e) a copy of any certifications or licenses relating to the medical field
(f) a statement from a supervising veterinarian confirming completion of 40 hours shadowing/employment (may be included in a letter of recommendation)

The top thirty (30) applicants may be invited to interview with the selection committee before the end of April and a decision will be made.

2. Applicants to the Veterinary Technology Program must also apply to Crowder College. Please visit the Crowder Application website or contact the Admissions Office for a general college application.

All Veterinary Technology application materials are to be submitted to:

The Veterinary Technology Program Director
Agriculture Division
Crowder College, 601 Laclede Ave.
Neosho, MO 64850.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the office at 417-455-5590 or email to sestep@crowder.edu


1. The applicant must be approved for admission to the college and will have completed the application requirements for the Veterinary Technology Program.

2. The applicant will have a high school diploma or G.E.D. certificate.

3. The applicant must be at least 19 years of age by completion of the program.

4. The applicant must:

A. Have a minimum ACT or placement test score for Math100
B. Have a minimum ACT or placement test score for English 101
C. Have a minimum ACT or placement test score for college-level reading
D. Have completed a college biology or zoology course with a minimum grade of “C”.

Students having taken college classes that place them at these levels in math, reading, and English need not take the placement test. Prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application, but they must be completed successfully during the spring semester (or before) for students to begin the program the following fall. It is strongly recommended that a student currently taking biology or zoology ask his or her instructor to provide a mid-semester grade report to the Program Director. An ACT or SAT test result must accompany the application, regardless of courses completed or degree attained.


1. Applicant files are reviewed for submission of required application materials.

2. Applicants will be selected for admission based on the following criteria:

a) Grade point average on general education core. (Minimum GPA for application consideration is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale).
b) The number of non-developmental general education courses already completed.
c) Experience in the field of animal care/ veterinary medicine. (Applicants must work for or observe a licensed veterinarian in a veterinary practice for a minimum of 40 clock hours to be considered for admission. Students with more experience have an advantage in the admission selection process.)
d) ACT (SAT) scores (Current Crowder student’s ACT score can be accessed without submission.)
e) References- letters from three individuals
1. A veterinarian (See above.)
2. A college instructor, but that instructor should not be a member of the Crowder College Agriculture Division faculty
3. A person of the applicant’s choice (An employer who can speak to work ethic is a good option.)

Required Functional Abilities

In order to complete the Crowder College Veterinary Technology Program, the student must be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Fine and Gross Motor Skills:
Sufficient to move freely, maintain balance. Manipulate small objects, lift/ move 50 lbs. and demonstrate appropriate body strength.

2. Visual Acuity:
Sufficient to accurately see close objects within 20 inches away. Distant objects up to 20 feet.

3. Auditory Abilities:
Sufficient to hear faint sounds of various pitches and tones.

4. Physical Stamina:
Sufficient to perform nursing care for 8-12 hours.

5. Intact:
Sensory functions necessary for physical assessment.

6. Reading/ Mathematical Abilities:
Reading ability college level, with mathematical ability sufficient to perform medical calculations.

7. Demonstrate Empathy:
Emotional stability sufficient to handle stress. Demonstrate accountability and responsibility and provide emotional support to clients.

8. Analytical Thinking:
Purposeful outcome directed thinking that aims to make decisions based on sound evidence or critical thinking analytical skills in the use of nursing process.

9. Therapeutic Relations:
Establish with clients, peer and interdisciplinary team members.

10. Communicate Effectively:
In oral and written modes.

11. Background Check:
National and state drug enforcement agencies and licensing agencies may require that students handling controlled drugs have a background check. Students with drug convictions or other felony or misdemeanor charges may not be able to administer drugs to patients and may not be eligible for national and state licensure as a veterinary technician. Decisions about sitting for board examinations and licensure will be made by the State Veterinary Medical Board of the state in which a student wishes to obtain a license. Students are responsible for the cost of any
background checks.

Veterinary Technology Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Associate of Applied Science Program in Veterinary Technology, the graduate will demonstrate the ability to:

1. Utilize current veterinary medical knowledge and clinical skill as a basis for animal care and support of the veterinarian in charge.

2. Apply appropriate skill and knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care.

3. Establish priorities and assist in planning patient care, recognizing the needs of the individual animal.

4. Demonstrate competency in the performance of clinical techniques.

5. Develop effective interpersonal relationships with the client and patient.

6. Utilize principles of learning to provide health instruction which will meet the needs of the client and patient.

7. Utilize community resources to promote continuity of care.

8. Develop effective interpersonal relationships and communicate effectively with members of the veterinary medical team.

9. Assume accountability for the standard of care, acts, and judgments.

10. Assume responsibility for self-direction and continuing personal and professional growth.

11. Practice within the ethical and legal framework of the registered technician as outlined in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Practice Act.

General Information

1. The Crowder College Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

2. Crowder College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action educational/employment institution and is nondiscriminatory relative to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, and qualified disability. Crowder College is committed to providing educational opportunities to all qualified students regardless of their economic or social status. The Director of Human Resources, Newton Hall, coordinates compliance efforts with federal and state EO rules and regulations. The Vice President of Student Services, Farber Building, is the designated coordinator of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to students.

3. Registered Veterinary Technicians in Missouri must graduate from an AVMA accredited program, pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam, and the Missouri State Exam.

4. To apply to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam, the applicant must be at least 19 years of age and have successfully completed the basic professional curriculum in an accredited Veterinary Technology School.

5. The following services are available to students: guidance and counseling, a full-service library,
job placement, academic advisement, learning opportunities center, tutoring, student organizations, computer labs, residence halls, and financial assistance including grants, scholarships, and work­ study opportunities.

6. Students who withdraw are eligible for refunds if they have followed official procedures. If the student has paid college costs and officially withdraws, tuition will be refunded according to the refund policy (pro-rated based on weeks of attendance) after all charges have been applied to the account. If college costs have been partially or fully paid by financial aid, the refund will be returned to that financial aid source first. Any remainder will be returned to the student.


Before submitting your application to the Veterinary Technology program please make sure you have all the items listed below. Your application WILL NOT be processed if anything is missing.

– signed application for admission and reference letters (may be sent directly by those providing the references)
– Complete addresses and phone numbers (including zip codes) for 3 references
– Copy of all college transcripts (Unofficial copies are acceptable.)
– ACT scores (SAT may be substituted)
– Essay
– Verification of forty hours of observation with a practicing veterinarian