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Veterinary Technology

Program Objective
The Veterinary Technology program prepares students to join an animal-care team as entry-level technicians.  Technicians collect samples, perform lab tests, take radiographs, prepare the surgical suite, assist in surgery, monitor anesthesia, provide general nursing care to patients, and assume other clinical duties.  Second-year students complete clinical rotations in the Animal Care Center, a pet wellness center on the campus of Johnson College.  The program prepares students to become Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVT) upon passing the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).


Total July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2015
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 59
Number of eligible first-time candidates 67
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage – Johnson College 83%
Three-year National Average Pass Rate 76%


Admissions Requirements
-1 year of Algebra with a “C” or higher
-2 years of English with a “C” or higher
-2 year of Biology or a Life Science with a “C” or higher
-1 year of Chemistry with a “C” or higher
-GPA of 2.5 or higher
-SAT scores of 900 or above (combined scores of Math and Verbal)
-ACT scores 18 or above
-Accuplacer score of a 70 or higher for each section
-Veterinary Questionnaire
-Letter of Recommendation (from a Veterinarian or Animal Husbandry Professional)
-10 Hours of Observation at a Veterinary Clinic

Career Opportunities
Graduates work in many areas of veterinary medicine such as small and large animal clinics, research facilities, academia, zoos, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Program Goals

  • Graduates will possess the skills necessary as outlined by the CVTEA required tasks for licensure/certification as an entry-level Veterinary Technician
  • Graduates will posses skills that will enable continuing education within the veterinary technology profession.
  • Graduates will abide by the NAVTA Veterinary Technician Oath.

Programmatic Accreditation
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Recommended Courses
Recommended courses in high school include Physics, and math courses at a level of Algebra II or higher.

Special Admissions Requirements
A minimal high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 along with a minimal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 1300 total or a minimal American College Test (ACT) of 18 is required for admission.

Applicants must take 2 years of Biology and/or Life Sciences, and Inorganic Chemistry and attain a grade of “C” or higher.  A completed Veterinary Technology questionnaire must be submitted and ten hours of observation at a veterinary clinic is required.  Application deadline is February 15 of each year.

Special Enrollment Requirements
Prior to the start of the first semester, students must provide proof of a tetanus inoculation.  Rabies inoculation is also required to participate in any laboratory and clinical activities involving animals.

Special Fees
In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for the purchase of clinic, lab, and class supplies as well as the costs of immunizations.  Veterinary students will have a fee of $1,000.00 to cover the cost of a summer off-campus internship or cooperative education experience.

Veterinary Technology students are required to maintain a cumulative 2.33 GPA (76% or higher) in VET courses.  Additionally, a student must receive an average grade of “C” (72%) or higher in each VET course. If a student receives a grade below 72%, the student must re-take the course at his/her own expense.  If the student’s GPA falls below 2.33, the student will be placed on academic probation. Please review to the Veterinary Technology Program Syllabus for details concerning academic progress and probation details.

VET 204 and VET 208, Senior Clinical Rotations I and II are capstone courses.  The clinical experiences are to provide an environment allowing students to incorporate and enhance all AVMA required tasks.  Students must receive a score of 70% or better on Clinical Rotation written final exams, oral/practical exams, and instructor evaluations of students.  Students who do not obtain a minimum score of 70% in any of the three evaluations will receive a letter grade of “F” for the rotation and must repeat the course.  Students are also required to adhere to strict guidelines on patient neglect or cruelty.

Internship/Cooperative Education Experience
A five-week internship or cooperative education experience at an approved site must be completed after the last semester of the second year.  Students must satisfy the internship requirements of both Johnson College and the internship provider as a condition of graduation.

Some internship sites may require a criminal background check and/or a drug test.  Internship sites may bar students from an internship if a criminal record exists or a drug test has a positive result.  Costs for travel to and from an internship site are the responsibility of the student.

Animal Care Center
The Johnson College Animal Care Center offers veterinary services to dogs and cats. For more information, click here.

Pregnancy Policy
Students should contact the Veterinary Technology Department Chair for a copy of the program’s pregnancy policy.

Rabies/Tetanus Medical Inoculations

  • The Center for Disease Control considers individuals working with animals (including veterinarians and their staff) to be in the high-risk category. The CDC’s recommendation for these individuals is to obtain a primary course of rabies vaccinations followed by serologic testing or booster vaccination every two years.
  • Vaccination against tetanus and against rabies is required for all Veterinary Technology students. Proof of rabies and tetanus inoculation prior to handling animals is required. (see below for Johnson College Rabies Policy paperwork)

Diane Dolinsky
Administrative Coordinator for the Science Division

Kimberly Konopka, BS, CVT
Instructor/Veterinary Technician

Jolynn Lawler, CVT
Instructor/Veterinary Technician

Dr. Kimberly Mah, VMD

Amanda Melnyk, CVT
Instructor/Veterinary Technician


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