Students matriculating to the TTU SVM must provide proof of required immunizations via their Med+Proctor account. Two separate agencies require vaccinations: The Texas Department of State Health Services (3 vaccinations) and Texas Tech University (2 vaccinations).
Failure to provide proof of a protective rabies titer, proof of rabies vaccination, or rabies vaccine exemption will result in the student NOT being able to participate in live animal experiences and may result in final grade repercussions, potentially leading to course failure, including exclusion from clinical rotations or dismissal from the program.
Deadline for all incoming students to provide evidence of required vaccinations or vaccine exemptions via Med+Proctor is July 26th, 2021.
- Please visit the Texas Department of State Health Services for veterinary students website to see which vaccinations are required for veterinary medicine students. These may include:
- Rabies Vaccine: Enrollment in the TTU School of Veterinary Medicine requires direct contact with animals or animal remains and thus students shall receive a complete primary series of rabies vaccine prior to such contact. Serum antibody levels must be checked every two years, with a booster dose of rabies vaccine administered if the titer is inadequate according to current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
- Tetanus-Diphtheria: One dose of a tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years prior to the start of first year classes. The booster dose may be in the form of a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis containing vaccine (Tdap).
- Hepatitis B Vaccine: Enrollment in the TTU School of Veterinary Medicine requires potential exposure to human or animal blood or bodily fluids and thus students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccination prior to such contact.
Requirements regarding acceptable evidence of vaccination are found in Texas Administrative Code §97.68
- Please visit the TTU Student Health Services website to see which vaccinations are required by all students. These may include:
Texas Senate Bill 1107 (now TEC 51.9192) requires all students1 entering an institution of higher education (public and private) to either receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or meet certain criteria for declining such a vaccination2 before the first day of the semester. In addition to a current meningitis vaccine, Texas Tech University also requires the submission of two doses of Mumps, Measles, and Rubella (MMR).
- Evidence of Vaccination for Bacterial Meningitis3: Please note: To meet the state's Meningitis requirement, you must submit proof of the MCV4 (sold as Menactra, MenHibrix, and Menveo) or MPSV4 (sold as Menomune) version of the Meningitis vaccine. Meningitis serogroup B vaccine (sold as Bexsero and Trumenba) only prevents illness from a single strand of Meningitis and will not be accepted to meet the state's Meningitis vaccine requirement.
- Evidence of Vaccination for MMR: All students, regardless of age, are required to submit documentation showing 2 doses of Mumps, Measles, and Rubella. In most cases, the MMR series will be part of your childhood immunization records. If you are not sure where to find your childhood immunization records, consider checking with your high school.4
- Students who will be 22 or older on the first day of the semester are not required to submit a current meningitis vaccine. They are still required to submit 2 doses of MMR.
- If a student is unable to locate their MMR records, an MMR blood titer showing disease immunity will be accepted. Titers are available at retail laboratories located all over the country. Check if AnyLabTestNow.com is in your area.
Exceptions to the Immunization Compliance requirement are as follows:
Students who cannot receive the vaccine because it would be injurious to your health and well-being must provide an affidavit or a letter signed by a physician who is duly registered and licensed to practice medicine in the United States, in which it is stated that, in the physician's opinion, the vaccination required would be injurious to the health and well-being of the student. If a student declines the vaccine due to reasons of conscience, including a religious belief: Before you will be allowed to register for classes, you must complete and submit an original, Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) Vaccine Exemption Affidavit Form- Affidavit Request for Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience. This is the only acceptable documentation for this exemption, and this process takes a significant amount of time. The notarized affidavit can either be uploaded to Med+Proctor as a PDF or the original document sent to Texas Tech University Student Health Services within 90 days of it being notarized.
For more information please visit TTU Student Health Services.