Welcome to the Vet Tech Institute of Houston
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Where: Houston, TX (near the Galleria area)
What: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology
How Long: 18 months start to finish
Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association CVTEA
Facilities: Kennels, surgical suite with prep area, clinical labs, radiography room, and more!
Nearby: Student housing, public transportation, free parking and recreation
When: Starting 3 times per year
Who: Faculty, staff and (maybe) you!
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All of our students and faculty share a passion for animals. It’s that unique blend of shared passion and shared goals that creates a family like atmosphere and creates the strong bonds of friendship.
Vet Tech Institute of Houston faculty members include:
Catherine Huff, LVT, Program Director, graduated from Lone Star College and worked in a private companion animal practice before joining the Vet Tech Institute. She taught VTI’s very first class in 2007 and still enjoys teaching courses that include Anatomy & Physiology, Companion Animal Nutrition, and Radiology. In her free time, Ms. Huff enjoys spending time with her two rescue terrier mixes, Maisy and Poppie.
Trisha Hanka, LVT, a graduate of VTI, gained real-world experience in preventive care medicine and in management before returning to VTI. In addition to teaching Introduction to Veterinary Technology, Radiology, and Medical Terminology, she has added Animal Welfare Coordinator to her list of responsibilities. Trisha sponsors "Saturday Labs" for students seeking extra practice in hands-on skills. When not with her students, Ms. Hanka is usually spending quality time on the football field with her son.
Lauren Janecek, DVM, was born and raised in Sugar Land, Texas and received her B.S. in animal studies from Sam Houston State University. After graduating from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015, Dr. Janecek practiced at a small animal clinic in Richmond, Texas for over five years before joining the VTIH team. She continues to pursue professional interests that include ultrasonography and soft tissue surgery. In her free time, Dr. Janecek enjoys relaxing and spending time with her husband and two children, Collin and Kinley.
Clarissa Martinez, LVT, graduated from VTI and then worked in private practice for several years. While working in private practice, she earned a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Phoenix. Although she enjoyed working in the clinic, she always knew she wanted to teach students about veterinary technology. She thus earned her certificate at Texas Teachers of Tomorrow and joined the VTI faculty, where she loves teaching Introduction to Veterinary Technology to freshmen. When not teaching, she enjoys spending time with Champ, her 3-year-old Lab/Border Collie mix, and Cleo, her 8-year-old Shih Tzu.
Alberto Mendoza, DVM, is a faculty member at the VTI Houston. He graduated from the University of Tamaulipas in Mexico and worked at the Houston Zoo for 17 years before joining VTI in 2008. He has taught every single cohort that has graduated from VTI Houston. Dr. Mendoza teaches several courses including Exotic Animals, Lab Animal, Equine Clinical Management, and Large Animal Veterinary Technician. Dr. Mendoza is still active in wildlife conservation programs. During his tenure at the Houston Zoo, he was instrumental in the recovery program for amphibians in Central America and developed training programs for zoo staff in the Latin American region. Still an active member in the Tapir Specialist Group-IUCN, Dr. Mendoza helps to manage the captive population of the Central American Tapir around the world. He enjoys traveling with his wife and two daughters and is a huge Houston Texans football fan. Serveral years ago, he adopted a dog from VTI and named it Tex.
Kati Nelson, LVT, graduated from VTI, worked in private practice, and completed a B.S. in Veterinary Technology from Tarleton State University. In private practice, she became the team lead in a fast-paced, referral surgery/neurology and ICU practice. She also developed a deep interest in patient care, neurology, and control of disease processes. Back at VTI, she now teaches courses that include Laboratory Procedures and Canine and Feline Clinical Management. At home, she and her husband have a fish named Sookie and three "furry" children: a Dachshund named Tipsy, a Catahoula mix named Bruce, and a cat named Olive.
Amanda Rivera, LVT, graduated from VTI and then worked at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. She spent most of her time in Medical Oncology but would also help out in the Critical Care and Emergency departments. She teaches courses that include Equine Clinical Management, Large Animal Clinical Management, Medical Terminology, and the VTNE Prep Course. When not teaching, Amanda enjoys trying new food and traveling with her husband. She also spends time with her many animals: horses, dogs, cats, snakes, and a pig.
Annessa Smith, MLAS, LATg, joined the VTI faculty in September of 2019 with over 15 years of experience in veterinary medicine, mostly in the lab animal sector. She earned her Master's degree in Laboratory Animal Science from Drexel University in 2013. Her courses include Special Topics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Lab Animal. When not teaching, Annessa enjoys reading and traveling with her family.
Sydney Wandix, LVT, earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology from Lone Star College-Tomball and her BA in Psychology from Lamar University in Beaumont. She first worked at clinics in Beaumont and Houston in a variety of roles. She then spent three years with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists, where she experienced the excitement and challenges of being an intensive care unit technician. Now at VTI, she currently teaches courses that include Small Animal Medicine and Laboratory Procedures. When Sydney is not teaching, she loves to travel and spend time with her favorite animal, Saint, a Pit Bull she rescued 7 years ago.
The Vet Tech Institute of Houston works closely with distance students to help them find roommates and affordable housing options. Some options are close enough that you can walk to school, some require a short drive.
Typical housing features include:
- Apartment style living
- Each student has their own bedroom
- Option to be paired with roommate
- Some locations have swimming pools and fitness rooms
- On-site laundry facilities
- Relatively close to school
July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021
Number of First-Time Test Takers
3 Year Average VTNE Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers
Animal Care Duty
Vet Tech Institute of Houston maintains an on-site kennel housing dogs, cats, and rodents. An important part of the education provided by the Veterinary Technology program is learning hands-on the duties and responsibilities of animal care and sanitation. Therefore, all students are assigned to participate in kennel duty before and after classes and on weekends. The number of assigned weeks depends on the number of students.
The school catalog contains specific information about school policies. You can find information on admissions policies and practices, contact information for accrediting and state licensing agencies, information on tuition and fees, refund policies and other consumer information.
The Vet Tech Institute Veterinary Technology program is currently accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The address and telephone number of the American Veterinary Medical Association are 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 925-8070.
Vet Tech Institute of Houston is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The address, telephone number, and website of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges are 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 247-4212, www.accsc.org.
The Vet Tech Institute of Houston has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and a Certificate of Authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to operate a career school or college in the state of Texas. The TWC assigned school number is S0052. The school’s programs are authorized by both the TWC and the THECB.
In accordance with Texas requirement 40 TAC, Chapter 807, Section 807.301 and THECB Rules 1.110-112, School Policy Regarding Complaints, we provide the following information:
Students who have a grievance or who wish to file a complaint should follow the grievance procedure outlined in the school catalog. (The catalog can be found at houston.vettechinstitute.edu/catalog.) Paper copies of the catalog are provided to students, and additional copies are available upon request. Students who are dissatisfied with the school’s response to their complaint or who are not able to file a complaint can file a formal complaint with the TWC and THECB as well as with other relevant agencies and/or accreditors. Information on filing a complaint with TWC and THECB respectively can be found on TWC’s Career Schools and Colleges Website at http://csc.twc.state.tx.us and THECB’s Website at http://www.thecb.state.tx.us.
Nondiscrimination in Educational Programs and Activities
Educational institutions receiviing federal financial assistance are required to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. These federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender, including sexual harrassment and sexual violence; sexual orientation; genetic information; race; color; religion; national origin; age; veteran status and disability in the education programs and activities that they operate. Vet Tech Institute of Houston is subject to these laws and complies fully with them in the enrollment of students, the hiring of faculty and staff, and in all other activities of the school. Elbert Hamilton, Jr., the Director/Chief Academic Officer, who is identified in the Administration, Faculty, and Staff section of this catalog and who may be reached by phone at 713-629-1500 or by mail at 4669 Southwest Freeway, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77027, is the Title IX Coordinator at Vet Tech Institute of Houston. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. Students, faculty, and administrative employees are encouraged to bring any complaints or reports of discrimination to the coordinator's attention. The matter will be investigated promptly, and both parties will be notified in writing about the outcome of the complaint. Appropriate follow up will be implemented to assure that no person associated with the school is subjected to unlawful discriminiation. Individuals who report discrimination will not be subject to any retaliation for doing so.