This program 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. Plus, who doesn’t want to work with animals all day!


Anna Romano
Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator

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 program is a selective admission program, which will require additional admission criteria and paperwork.

Students will be able to demonstrate a variety of skills, including competency in the entry-level skills needed to support companion animal medicine and to communicate verbally and non-verbally with patients, clients, veterinarians, and veterinary staff in an effective and appropriate manner.

Career Opportunites

With a degree in Veterinary Technology, students can begin an exciting career in a variety of fields, including:

  • Small animal practices
  • Herd health management
  • Pharmaceutical sales


American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4361
(800) 248-2862

Program Data

 July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2023
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE36
Three-year VTNE pass percentage39%

Course Catalog

To see a model schedule for this program, please see our academic catalog.


Students may also pursue the certificate program (CAS) in Veterinary Assistant.


This program is a selective program and has additional requirements for admission. Successful candidates must complete the following academic and technical standards:

  1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
    1. First-time students should select “Health Sciences: Veterinary Technology” as their educational goal on their application.
  2. Complete the Veterinary Technology application ($20 fee). Applications and supporting documentation are due to the Admission’s Office by March 1. Applicants who are not admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next academic year.
  3. Submit all required documents (Official ACT or SAT scores; High School Equivalency Exam or high school transcripts; any college transcripts; and documentation of 20 hours of clinical experience in a veterinary hospital to the Admission’s Office) prior to the Veterinary Technology application deadline.
  4. Have a high school and/or college GPA of 2.0 or better or passing score on High School Equivalency Exam.
  5. Have a score of 19 or higher on the Math portion of the ACT (or SAT score of 510 or completion of MTH 1207 with a “C” or higher)
  6. Have a score of 18 or higher on the English portion of the ACT (or SAT score of 480 or completion of ENGL 1104 with a “C “or higher
  7. Successfully completed courses in Chemistry and Algebra in high school or college.

Qualified students are accepted until capacity is met.

*Students can begin the program in the fall semester.

Program Requirements

  • Students must meet health and immunization requirements, and drug testing.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.
  • Students will need to provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

Students must complete each course in the Veterinary Technology program model schedule with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain an overall 2.0 GPA to remain in the program.  Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes require a grade of “C” or higher. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.