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Programs of Study

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 1st 2015 – June 30th 2018
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 54
Number of eligible first-time candidates 59
Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE Percentage – Johnson College 46%
Three-year National Average Pass Rate 70%


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 recommended
-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).

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

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

Special Admissions Requirements
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.

Internship 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.

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 program orientation is required.

Potential Employers

Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital
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Citywide Animal Clinic
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Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center
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Memorial Veterinary Hospital
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Our Staff

Kimberly Konopka BS, AS, CVT
Program Director

Dr. Jayne Kubat, DVM
Clinical Veterinarian

Jolynn Lawler, CVT
Instructor/Veterinary Technician

Amanda Melnyk, CVT
Instructor/Veterinary Technician


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