Veterinary Technology Program - Application Checklist
Students interested in pursuing admission into the Veterinary Technology program at Iowa Western Community college must complete all admission requirements listed below in sections 1 and 2. Admission priority will be given to students who complete the requirements by the priority deadline; however, if space allows, students will be accepted after the priority deadline until the program is full.
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The American Veterinary Medical Association can be contacted at 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173; 1-800-248-2862; www.avma.org.
Equal Educational Opportunity and Non-discrimination
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|Location||Semester Program Begins||Priority Deadline||Program Capacity|
|Council Bluffs||Fall Semester (August)||January 31||32|
|It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all admissions requirements are on file with the Office of Admissions and that his or her admissions application is correct, including intended start term, start year, and location.|
Section 1: College Admission Requirements
- Complete an Application for Admission: The application is online at www.iwcc.edu and there is no application fee.
- Request Transcripts: You need to have a final, official high school transcript or HiSET/GED transcript sent to Iowa Western. If you have completed college course work, you will need to have an official college transcript sent to Iowa Western from the institution where the credit was earned. If you have completed more than 30 semester hours at a regionally accredited college or university, the high school transcript requirement may be waived.
- Test scores are not required for admission to the college. However, if you have taken the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS recently please have your most recent scores sent to the Admissions Office. Your scores may be used by advisors to help determine placement into appropriate Math and English courses.
Once you complete the application for admission, you will be accepted to Iowa Western as a Prep-Veterinary Technology student, and eligible to register for general education courses required for the Veterinary Technology Program. For more information on getting registered for general education courses, or for help with the admissions requirements, please contact us at email@example.com or call 712.325.3277.
Section 2: Veterinary Technology Program Admission Requirements
- Complete 24 hours of observation with a Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian and submit completed Veterinary Technology Program Observation Form to the Office of Admissions.
- Complete the following pre-requisite course with a grade of “C” or higher:
- BIO-112 General Biology I(This course has prerequisite of a grade of "C" or higher in high school biology, Introductory Biology, or Biotechnology I.)
- Chemistry requirement of either a high school-level chemistry course of at least one semester or a college-level chemistry course of at least three semester hours before they are eligible to begin Veterinary Technology classes.
Section 3: Acceptance Process for Veterinary Technology Program
Once you complete Section 1: College Admissions Requirements and Section 2: Veterinary Technology Admissions Requirements your application for the Veterinary Technology Program is complete.
Once acceptance begins, students will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis until the program is full. If there are more eligible students than space available, preference will be given to the students with the earliest admission file completion date.
Section 4: Frequently Asked Questions
Is there a separate application process to apply for the program?
No, Iowa Western does not have a separate application process. The Office of Admissions uses what is called your "Start Term" (example: fall 2019) for acceptance in our competitive programs. It is important that the start term on file correctly reflects the semester you anticipate to start the program. Students can request to have their start term updated by submitting the Update Start Term Form.
If I do not complete the requirements for the program in time to be accepted, can I reapply?
How will I know if I get accepted to the Veterinary Technology Program?
Approximately two weeks after acceptance begins, which is September 1st for the spring semester, you will receive an email from the Office of Admissions indicating your admissions status. If the program is not yet full at that time, we will continue accepting students who complete the requirements until the program fills.
Veterinary Technology Program - Observation Form for Prospective Students
To be completed by the student and signed by the participating Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician.
Student name (print or type): _________________________________________ Date of Birth: _________________________
The purpose of the observation is to expose applicants to a wide-variety of veterinary procedures performed on small and large animals by a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), and/or Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT). Applicants are required to complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or large animal setting, or a combination of both. Although applicants are encouraged to observe a variety of procedures, they are required to observe eight specific procedures, which are detailed below.
In order to successfully complete this requirement for admission, applicants must:
- Complete a minimum of 24 hours of observation in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both.
- Complete the Required Procedures for Observation detailed below, and ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT initials and dates each Required Procedure for Observation.
- Complete the Observation Log by documenting the times and dates for each observation.
- Complete the Observation Details by indicating which procedures they observed and in what setting they observed those procedures in by placing check marks in the appropriate boxes.
- Ensure that the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT completes the DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT Certification section .
- Sign and date the Applicant Certification section and submit it to the Office of Admissions.
Required Procedures for Observation
The following procedures are required for observation. Applicants may observe these specific procedures in a small animal practice or a large animal setting, or a combination of both. The supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT must initial and date next to each observed procedure. All "Procedure Required for Observation" must be completed in order to be considered for admission. If need, observation hours can be completed at multiple locations. A form is required for each office location.
|Procedure Required for Observation||Supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, or CVT Initials||Date of observation|
|Prepare fecal specimens/floats|
|Anesthesia machine operation|
|Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic|
Applicants are required to document each procedure they observed by placing check marks next to each of the procedures they observed during their 24 hours of observation. It is not required to observe all of the items listed below, however, applicants are encouraged to observe a wide-variety of procedures.
Small Animal Procedures
|Obtain patient history||Heartworm tests|
|Communicate with client||Gram stain|
|Collect/prepare fecal specimens/floats||Diff-quick stain|
|Analyze fecal specimen for parasites||Taking radiographs|
|Express anal glands||Developing radiographs|
|IV catheter||Restraint techniques (feline/canine)|
|Urinary catheter||Restraint techniques (other animal)|
|IV or IM anesthetic||Administer pills|
|Anesthesia machine operation||Force-feeding|
|Mask animal for anesthetic||Administer subcutaneous fluids|
|Cephalic blood draw||Operate & maintain autoclave|
|Jugular blood draw||Apply/remove bandages & splints|
|Blood draw-inner/outer rear legs||Therapeutic bathing/basic grooming|
|Lab analysis of blood - PCV/TP||Cleaning cages, equipment & clinic|
|Blood chemistry machines||Use of clinic software (access records/set appointments)|
|Blood smears||Access client/patient files|
|Urinalysis||Misc. paper work, filing & records|
|Surgical preparation||Trim nails|
|Routine dental prophylaxis||De-claw|
Large Animal Procedures
|Mobile ambulance inventory/cleanup||Collect/examine blood specimens|
|Prepare squeeze chutes/head gates||Collect/examine urine specimens|
|Restraint techniques||Collect/examine fecal specimens|
|Tagging, tattooing, identification||Take/develop radiographs|
|External parasite examination||Surgical preparation|
|Use of balling gun||Anesthesia|
|Gastric tubing||Embryo transplant|
|Dock tails||Semen collection|
Applicants are required to document the times and dates of their observation hours using the log below.
|Date||Time In||Time Out||Hours|
|Total Observation Hours|
DVM, LVT, RVT and/or CVT Certification
This section must be completed by the supervising DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT
By signing below, I hereby certify that the information provided on this form is true and accurate.
Signature(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: _______________________________________, __________________________________
Printed Name(s) of DVM, LVT, RVT, and/or CVT: ____________________________________, __________________________________
Name of Clinic or Facility:
Address of Clinic or Facility:
Phone Number of Clinic or Facility:
By signing below, I hereby certify that all information on this form is true and correct.
Signature of Student: ______________________________________ Date: ____________________