Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

03/2020: All programs have been converted to online.  Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. You can start your program ONLINE at Rockford Career College today. The College moved to online instruction for all our programs to be in compliance with Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order.
Don’t postpone enrolling.  Use your time wisely and enroll today.  Start with our new online lectures, then complete the hands-on training when in-school classes resume.

Veterinary technicians are like nurses for animals. Our instructors are passionate about teaching and committed to preparing each student to pass the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam). With a VTNE, you are qualified for higher-salaried jobs. 

Veterinary technicians assist in diagnostic, medical, and surgical procedures; expose and develop radiographs (X-rays); advise and educate animal owners; supervise and train practice personnel; and perform dental prophylaxes. Without passing the VTNE, you could become a veterinary assistant and perform kennel work, assist in the restraint of animals, feed and exercise animals, or spend time on clerical duties.

Jobs opportunities are available in private clinics, laboratories, animal hospitals, and other locations which could offer a variety of work schedules. 

Enjoy Strong Career Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for veterinary technicians is expected to increase by twenty percent.1

1, retrieved 2/11/2020

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

VTNE Pass Rates Rockford Campus July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2019        
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 83
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 65.06%

If you have a animal safety or welfare concern with the patients being used in our program please contact Rebecca Cardenas, 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