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Entrance Requirements
Veterinary Technician

  1. Students can apply up to one year out from the start date of the program. Veterinary Assistant and Humane Officer programs begin in the fall term. The Veterinary Technician program begins in the summer term. Click on to apply. 
  2. All students will be required to take the HESI entrance exam and pass with minimum cut scores prior to being accepted into the program. Students will be able to make two attempts at this exam.

    Veterinary Technician prospective students are required to take the English, biology, chemistry and math portions of the exam.
    English 77 composite
            Grammar 75 minimum
            Reading 75 minimum
            Vocabulary 75 minimum
    Biology 75 composite
    Chemistry 73 composite
    Math 80 composite

    HESI study materials can be found at:
  3. The HESI entrance exam needs to be taken at the Test Center, 2055 Cedar Hall, which is located on main campus. The test will not be available until January 9, 2017. Students should allow four hours to complete the entire exam.

The exam also contains a personality profile portion that identifies your learning style. This portion of the test is not considered in program admission, but will provide you with important information that can increase your academic success.

  1. Students must also attend a program conference. This is a meeting with the faculty to outline details and expectations of your specific program. You can register for a program online at
  2. For any additional questions or concerns regarding the entrance requirements for Kirkwood Small Animal Health programs, please contact Cydney Lovell at 319-398-7635 or