VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM


 

THE PROFESSION OF VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

 

The Veterinary Technology Program

The Veterinary Technology (two year) Associate Degree in Applied Science Program is offered through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM) and is offered cooperatively with John A. Logan College, Kaskaskia College, Rend Lake College, Shawnee Community College, and Southeastern Illinois College.

"The Profession"

The Veterinary Technician possesses both administrative, clinical, and technical skills necessary to assist the veterinarian in all phases of medicine and surgery for small, large, exotic, and lab animals.  Technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian – often performing various clinical medical tests (urinalysis, parasitology, radiology) along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals.  Additional job opportunities include working in animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation, medical research laboratories and private industry.  Veterinary Technicians care for a wide variety of animals, such as cats, dogs,  mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, birds, fish, and reptiles. They function as animal radiology, dental, surgery, and anesthesiology technicians.  The Veterinary Technician plays an important role in client education, grief counseling, and public relations.  

The program curriculum covers small and large animal breeds, nutrition and husbandry, veterinary terminology, legal issues and office management, parasitology, surgical nursing, veterinary pharmacology, anesthesiology, radiology, emergency care, and clinical pathology.  Students benefit from theoretical-based classroom learning, as well as extensive hands-on experience during two clinical rotations at a variety of veterinary facilities.

The clinical rotations commence the summer after the first year of coursework and again the last semester before graduation.  The summer clinical rotation requires completion of 225 hours of on-site instruction and the spring clinical rotation requires completion of 225 hours of on-site instruction. 

 

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