The A.A.S. Veterinary Technology Degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the dynamic field of veterinary medicine as Veterinary Technicians, who work with veterinarians in all aspects of animal health, disease, and welfare. This program prepares students to become vital and contributing members of a veterinary health care team who are fully capable of performing a wide variety of professional roles within the veterinary medical setting. (This is not, however, a pre-veterinary program of study.)
Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Veterinary Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:
- Demonstrate competency in the entry-level skills needed to support companion animal medicine, equine and food animal medicine, biomedical research, and other veterinary technology disciplines
- Be a vital and contributing member of the veterinary health care team by demonstrating the oral and written skills necessary to effectively communicate with employers, coworkers, and clients.
- Demonstrate the ability to think critically by analyzing, understanding, and problem solving.
- Exhibit conduct that reflects practice standards that are professional, ethical, and legal
- Attain and apply relevant information necessary to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) with an overall 80% student pass rate for graduating students who take the exam.
Graduates of the program who become certified can pursue several career opportunities in Veterinary Technology in a variety of settings, including small animal practice, herd health management, biomedical research, pharmaceutical sales, government agencies, emergency medicine, education, and zoos.
This program has a competitive admissions process and requires a separate program application. All applications must be received by the Office of Admissions by March 1 for the following academic year. Applications will only be considered after the deadline if space is available. Applicants who are not admitted to the program must reapply if they wish to be considered for acceptance the following academic year.
To be considered for admission, applicants must have:
- A minimum grade point average of 2.0
- A score of 19 or better in the Math portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 36 or better in the COMPASS algebra test, or have successfully completed Math 0081-0086
- A score of 18 or better in the English portion of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) or a 71 or better in the COMPASS writing test, or have successfully completed ENGL 0097
- Successfully completed high school algebra and chemistry (or college alternative)
- At least 20 hours of clinical experience in a veterinary hospital
To remain in the Veterinary Technology program, students must earn a “C” or better in every VETT course and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0.
American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4361
ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108.
HLCA 1170 may be substituted for VETT 1170.
*HLCA 1170 may be substituted for VETT 1170
*ENGL 1109 may be substituted for ENGL 1108