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
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.
El Paso, TX 79903
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.