Dress Code

Each veterinary technology student represents the profession and, therefore, it is of the utmost importance that he/she presents a professional image. While a student in the Veterinary Technology Program, students will work very closely with fellow students, clients, clinic staff, and instructors. It is expected that good personal hygiene will be practiced, including the use of deodorant, conservative use of perfumes and cologne, and the wearing of clean, laundered clothing and scrubs. Students that do not comply with this and other stipulations in the dress code will be sent home resulting in an unexcused absence. Any exams missed will be scored as a zero.


Parkland Laboratories

  1. Clean, pressed, scrub top worn over clean long pants without large holes. No Shorts allowed!
  2. Please wear pants above your waistline or have your t-shirt tucked in so as not to have any skin showing when you kneel down or bend over.
  3. Low-heeled, close toed, rubber soled street shoes. No crocks or slippers!
  4. Parkland College name tag.
  5. Watch with a second hand or one with a continuously visible digital "seconds" reading.
  6. Stethoscope, lead, thermometer, and bandage scissors in designated laboratories.
  7. Clean, solid dark-blue pressed coveralls are required for large animal courses. In addition, black calf-high rubber boots with no buckles which can be worn over shoes (no galoshes), a hoof pick, and a name tag are required.
  8. Hair, whether short or long, should be worn in a conservative manner. Long hair must be tied back during labs or clinics.
  9. Accepted jewelry: 1. tight fitting watch 2. small, post-type earring with secure studs (No hoops or dangling earrings) 3. Solid expanders only! (no large holes in ear lobes), 4. rings should be kept to a minimum
  10. Visible body piercing is not allowed (eyebrow, lip, nose, tongue, etc.)
  11. No hats/scarves/do-rags can be worn in labs.

Off site Clinical Rotations

  1. All students are required to wear approved, clean & pressed (not wrinkled), scrubs andappropriate closed-toed shoes (sandals and canvas shoes are not allowed) on all small animal rotations. White lab coat must be worn when required on some small animal rotations.
  2. All students are required to wear clean blue coveralls and appropriate shoes/boots (sandals and canvas shoes are not allowed) on all large animal rotations. Shoes must be closed-toed.
  3. Name tags must be worn at all times.
  4. Visible body piercings are not allowed (eyebrow, lip, nose, tongue, etc.) Solid expanders must be worn in large ear lobe piercings. No hooped or dangling earrings or jewelry. Post-type earrings and tight fitting watches are allowed. Rings and bracelets must be kept to a minimum. No loose or dangling rings or bracelets. This is a safety concern and will be enforced!
  5. Long hair must be pulled back in a secure ponytail.
  6. Visible body markings/tattoos should be covered when possible. The main concern is that students not display body marking/tattoos that could be offensive to others.
Students arriving to their assigned clinical rotation not in compliance with the dress code will be excused, resulting in an unexcused absence.