Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

Sometimes, it can be hard to imagine that the howling, hyperactive puppy tearing circles around your living room will ever run out of energy. It will happen. Like any human, there will be times when your four-legged friend contracts a disease, sprains a leg, or even has springtime allergies. Whether the issue is major or minor, it could be enough to send you into a panic.

That is why veterinary technicians are in such high demand. If you are a pet owner, or someone who volunteers at shelters because you cannot have an animal of your own, perhaps making a career change would be the right choice for you.

Top nine reasons to earn your veterinary technician associate degree at Rockford Career College:

  1. Enjoy a meaningful career.
    As a veterinary technician, you will have countless opportunities to help both animals and people. Every day you go to work, you can put a pet owner's mind at ease or get an injured animal back on its feet.
  2. Accredited by the AVMA.
    The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
  3. Great job outlook.
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that veterinary technicians will see a job increase of twenty percent between 2016 and 2026.1
  4. Two-year program.
    You do not need a four-year bachelor's degree to become a veterinary technician. Our associate degree could be earned in two years so you can begin your new career as quickly as possible.
  5. Complete an externship.
    When you graduate from our program, you can already have work experience. We partner with local veterinarian clinics to provide you with practice while still in school.
  6. Perform laboratory tests.
    Your tasks include more than just desk work. Assist veterinarians with diagnostic tests, such as urinalysis, to find the cause of an animal's discomfort. 
  7. Study animal nutrition.
    Diet is a pivotal part of a pet's health. We offer courses in nutrition so that you can be well-equipped to pass the information along to pet owners.
  8. Be ready for the VTNE.
    Once you graduate, the Veterinary Technician National Exam is the next stepping stone to your new career. This test may seem intimidating, but do not worry. Over ninety-one percent of Rockford Campus students have passed the VTNE in the last three years, with most of them succeeding on their first try.*
  9. Play a key role in animals' recovery.
    Most importantly, you can be one of the people who gets an animal off the operating table and back to chasing their tail. If you have a passion for animals and are ready to treat as many as you can, contact us today to get started!


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor.  (2017, October 24).  Occupational Outlook Handbook.  Veterinary Technologists and Technicians.  Retrieved from

Graduates are prepared to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

VTNE Pass Rates Rockford Campus July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates 115
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 78
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 85.90%

If you have a animal safety or welfare concern with the patients being used in our program please contact Olivia Boardman,  IACUC Chairperson

Program Length - 24 months


Healthcare curriculum for this program includes anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, microbiology, operating skills, surgical technology and surgical pharmacy. This program also includes general education courses to meet the requirements of an associate degree program including government, ethics, critical thinking, success strategies and written and oral communications. Prior to graduation, students complete an externship in a veterinary setting, providing real-world work experience. 

Upon completion, you could earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).

The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

Veterinary technicians have a variety of responsibilities. While they work with animals, they must also have good people skills. They educate clients on their pets’ health and nutrition, and explain the veterinarian’s instructions for care. Veterinary technicians perform medical tests under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian to help diagnose animals’ illnesses and injuries. Technicians may perform laboratory tests, such as a urinalysis, and help veterinarians conduct a variety of other diagnostic tests.

Graduates can work in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, boarding kennels, animal shelters, rescue leagues, and even zoos.

Demand for veterinary technicians is expected to grow by more than 14%, faster than average, through 2024.1

1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16

Rockford, Illinois