Welcome to CCTE's Veterinary Assistant Program website.  Do you have a passion for animals? Have you dreamt of working with animals? Then this could be the place for you.


Veterinary Assistant


Pre-AP Anatomy & Physiology

Students study a variety of topics, including veterinary medical terminology, the structure and function of the human and animal body and the interaction of body systems for maintaining homeostasis. 

Small Animal Management

Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to small animals and the small animal management industry. Small Animal Management may address topics related to small mammals such as dogs and cats, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. 

Scientific Research & Design

Students conducts laboratory and field investigation, analyzes published research and current topics in the field of veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Medical Applications

Students will attain academic skills & knowledge, acquire technical knowledge & skills related to animal systems & the workplace. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to: veterinary practices as they relate to both large and small animal species. Students must also complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience Project (SAE).

Upon successful completion of the entire VST course and the required 500 hours, students may test and obtain a Veterinary Assistant Certification through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association. The cost of this exam is approximately $135
Equine Science

Students will acquire knowledge and skills related to equine animal systems and

the equine industry. Equine Science may address topics related to horses, donkeys, and mules.

Advanced Animal Science

Students will acquire knowledge in the principles of breeding and livestock management. Students will determine nutritional requirement for ruminant and non-ruminant animals as well as evaluate animals for disease and parasites.

Practicum in Agriculture

Students will demonstrate professional standards while given the opportunity to intern in a local veterinary clinic.

Junior Year


Senior Year





1170 Walnut

El Paso, TX 79903

Email: dnehring@episd.org
Tel:  915-236-7900


8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Monday - Friday



Meet Your Instructors

Dr. Dominique Nehring


As an animal-lover from childhood, Dr. Nehring followed an exciting path that has lead her here to CCTE to aid    El Paso's youth on their own path in the animal care profession.


Dr. Nehring received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M Galveston and her  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She brings with her over 20 years experience in the veterinary field. She has had the privilege of working with both domestic and marine animals  such as; dolphins, penguins, whales,  and turtles. 


Dr. Nehring  joined the CCTE campus in 2015 and became one of two Veterinary Technology teachers.  She is looking forward to expanding the program and welcoming more students to the Veterinary Assistant Program in the coming years!

Mr. Ricky Pendell

Ricky Pendell is the Animal Science and Equine Science instructor at CCTE.  He is a native of El Paso and has a background in livestock and other agricultural enterprise.  He attended Clint High School where he was an active member of the FFA there. He got his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Interdisciplinary Agriculture and Agricultural Education


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