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).
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).
Goal 1: To prepare graduates to function as an entry-level veterinary technician in a variety of clinical settings.
Student Learning Outcomes – Students will:
Goal 2: To prepare graduates to pass the Veterinary Technology National Exam (VTNE) and to obtain employment as a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT.)
Student Learning Outcomes:
Goal 3: To ensure that educators of the program, both didactic and clinical, provide instructions and guidance that meets the needs of the students and the program.
Goal 4: To provide students with a curriculum and resources that are current and in compliance with the standards set forth by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), by the Committee of Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), by the International Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB), and by the institution.
Immunizations & Scrubs
In addition to tuition and fees, students are responsible for the costs of immunizations.
Veterinary Technology students will be required to purchase Johnson College scrubs during their 4th semester in preparation for VET 212/213. The student will be required to wear these scrubs during the entire 5-week rotation.
The Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Special Admissions Requirements
A minimal high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 along with a minimal Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 (math and verbal) total or; Next Generation score of 260 or above (in each section) in lieu of SAT scores 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 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. Any personal references must be from a veterinarian/veterinary staff or animal husbandry individual.
Special Program Enrollment Requirements
Prior to the start of the first semester, students must provide proof of tetanus and rabies. Rabies inoculation is in order to participate in any laboratory and clinical activities involving animals.
Veterinary Technology students are required to maintain a cumulative 2.33 GPA (76% or higher) in VET & MAT courses. Additionally, a student must receive an average grade of “C+” (76%) or higher in each VET & MAT courses. If the student’s GPA falls below 2.33, the student will be placed on academic probation. The following semester, your GPA must be brought up to a cumulative 2.33 in all courses listed above or you will be dismissed from the program. If a student receives a grade below a “C+” (76%), the student must re-take the course at their own expense in order to successfully complete the program. Please review to the Veterinary Technology Academic Progression Policy for details concerning academic progress and probation details.
VET 275 and VET 277, Senior Clinical Rotations I and II are capstone courses. clinical experiences are to provide an environment allowing students to incorporate and enhance all AVMA required tasks. Students must receive a score of 76% 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 76% 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.
A five-week internship 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.
Rabies / Tetanus 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.
Vaccinations against tetanus and rabies are required for all Veterinary Technology students. Proof of rabies and tetanus inoculation prior to handling animals is required.
Veterinary Technology students are responsible for reading and abiding by all policies and procedures in the Veterinary Technology Student Handbook.
Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital
Citywide Animal Clinic
Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
Memorial Veterinary Hospital
Kimberly Konopka BS, AS, CVT
Dr. Jayne Kubat, DVM
Jolynn Lawler, CVT
Amanda Melnyk, CVT
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