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  • Veterinary Technology is a Rapidly Growing Field - by Tamara Girard (02/11/2016) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the veterinary technology field is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020.  While all other occupations combined in the U.S. are only expected to grow by 14 percent, this indicates that veterinary technology is a rapidly growing field. So if you have a passion for helping animals and are looking for a career that will provide great growth opportunities you should consider becoming a veterinary technician. The growing pet population coupled with practically recession-proof pet spending trends contributes toward the growing need for qualified vet techs. Additionally, today’s pet owners are demanding a higher level of medical care for their pets. As a result, the field of veterinary technology is becoming more advanced every day and many of the services offered are comparable to human health services.  As the number and complexity of animal health services grows, veterinarians will have an increased need for highly skilled veterinary technicians and the field will continue to grow. While job outlooks are expected to be great throughout the country, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that job opportunities will be particularly high in rural areas.  However, the rapid growth of the field indicates that the number of jobs will continue to outpace the number of vet tech graduates throughout the country. In addition to a great job outlook, the field of veterinary technology provides a good starting salary. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2012-13 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median national annual salary for veterinary technicians is $29,710. Actual salaries may vary greatly based on specialization within the field, location, years of experience and a variety of other factors.  It should be noted that as the demand for qualified veterinary technicians increases, the starting salary for these trained professionals may increase as well. Like other medical and healthcare fields, the animal care field is continually advancing.  Changes in practices and technologies have created many areas of specialization for vet techs.  Specialty fields such as animal dentistry, internal medicine, anesthesia, emergency care, and nutrition are providing career growth opportunities for vet techs. If you have always wanted to work with animals, a career in veterinary technology may be your calling.  The field is growing rapidly and the job outlook is expected to be good.  If you are considering a career in this rapidly growing field, Rockford Career College, Rockford has one of the largest veterinary technology programs in Northern Illinois. Rockford Career College in Rockford will provide you with the hands-on skills and training needed for you to turn your passion for animals into a rewarding career. Contact Rockford Career College, Rockford today at (815) 965-8616.
  • Want to Make Real Difference? Become a Veterinary Technician - by Tamara Girard (02/11/2016) There are not many careers that truly offer the opportunity to make a real difference every day. By working to improve the lives of animals and strengthen their relationships with their human owners, veterinary technicians enjoy a high level of job satisfaction. Veterinary technicians are similar to nurses in a hospital setting. Vet techs work closely with animals, performing many tasks including taking blood or tissue samples, administering medication, placing catheters and intravenous lines, conducting laboratory tests, taking x-ray and ultrasound images.  Vet techs find that such close interaction with animals is a very rewarding part of the field. Additionally, vet techs find job satisfaction in the diversity of the veterinary technician role. The daily job tasks are as diverse as their animal patients themselves. The challenge of diverse job duties adds a high level of enjoyment to the vet tech career. In addition to diversity in their daily work tasks, many veterinary technicians find the diverse career opportunities very rewarding as well.  Many veterinary technologists choose to obtain additional training to become a specialist in a particular field of veterinary technology. Vet techs often specialize in areas such as animal dentistry, internal medicine, anesthesia, emergency care, and nutrition. Like other medical and healthcare fields, the animal care field offers continual advances and opportunities for continuing education.  Many veterinary technicians find that providing additional educational opportunities for others in the field is a very rewarding part of the job. Additionally, vet techs enjoy their role in educating their clients as well.  Vet techs often spend a great deal of time with their animal patients and their human owners. Educating families on the proper care of their pet and serving as a resource for additional information is a gratifying part of being a veterinary technician. Working with the animals owners is also a very gratifying part of being a veterinary technology professional. Animal patients and their families often seek comfort in the compassionate care they receive while in a vet tech’s care.  A pet is considered a member of the family and developing a relationship with the pet’s owners is an enjoyable part of the job. Veterinary technicians have the ability to do work that they truly love every day.  Not many professions offer such a high level of personal job satisfaction. If you are considering a career in veterinary technology, contact Rockford Career College, Rockford.  Their veterinary technology program is one of the largest in Northern Illinois and provides the hands-on skills and training needed for a rewarding career.  Contact Rockford Career College, Rockford today at (815) 965-8616.
  • Rockford Career College Offers New Facilities Management Program - Rockford, Ill. (January 27, 2016) – Rockford Career College, which has been serving Illinois since 1862, has introduced a new Facilities Management Diploma program for people interested in increasing their skills and knowledge in a variety of core trades and crafts including: paint, doors, floors, HVAC, plumbing, drywall, cabinets, motors, electrical, concrete and suspended ceilings.“We have talked to employers in the Rockford area and they have shared their concerns about the shortage of skilled tradespeople,” explained COO Jeffrey Bodimer. “We listened to their specific needs and created this program to address them. We do not want people to have to travel outside of our community to gain the skills that employers are looking for.”  This demand is borne out by statistics. For example, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of 21 percent from 2012 through 2022, which is faster than average for all occupations. According to BLS research, the field will see an addition of as many as 55,900 new jobs in just 10 years.The BLS shares that population growth will result in the construction of more schools, hospitals, homes and other buildings throughout the United States, creating employment opportunities for tradespeople of almost all types. While construction is increasing, many tradespeople are reaching retirement age, creating an even bigger skills gap.“In addition to addressing a vital need for employers in Illinois, we are also helping students toward a rewarding, in-demand career,” Bodimer added.For more information on Rockford Career College’s Facilities Management program, visit http://rockfordcareercollege.edu/facilities-management-program/. About Rockford Career CollegeFounded in 1862, Rockford Career College has remained focused on the same goal for 150 years: preparing students for quick entry into the workforce. They do so by keeping pace with the needs of business to ensure the skills they need are the skills that are taught. For more information, visit www.rockfordcareercollege.edu. 
  • RCC Vet Tech Instructor Kristin Loy Publishes New Book - “Veterinary Technician” Book Offers Students Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming a Vet TechRockford, Ill. (January 19, 2016) – Long-time Rockford Career College Vet Tech Instructor Kristin Loy has recently had a book published by bluedoor, LLC, out of Minnetonka, Minn. “Veterinary Technician: Animal and Laboratory Techniques and Essential Skills” is a step-by-step guide on perfecting skills used by veterinary technicians when handling animals, including images detailing each task and techniques taught in Rockford Career College’s animal and clinical pathology classes.Loy wrote the book and also supplied much of the photography to illustrate it. “We took more than 3,000 photos and ended up using about 800 of them,” she says. The book was originally intended as an operations guide across the Vet Tech programs operated by Rockford Career College.“We had some discrepancies with different instructors teaching the same class so the director, Melissa Stacy, asked us to put together guidelines for instructors. As I got into it, I got super detailed and it turned in to a full-fledged book,” she says. The manual has been printed in-house for Rockford Career College instructors and students for the past five years, and the publisher is now offering it to the other vet tech programs offered by Rockford Career College’s parent company, the American Higher Education Development Corporation (AHED). The publisher has plans to offer it to vet tech programs across the country.Loy says one of the the main selling points of the book is that it includes an essential skills sheet, and conforms with requirements by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for accreditation. “It is basically a step-by-step guide that makes it easy for the students to correctly implement the essential skills and tasks needed when working with small animals and in laboratory classes,” she says. “It is especially good for schools that are just starting their veterinary technician programs.”The book covers everything from the proper way to remove an animal from a cage to performing a dental exam and evaluating bloodwork. “Being a vet tech is a very rewarding career, but there is a lot that goes into it,” Loy says. “We want to make sure our students are fully prepared when they go out into the workplace.”Loy has been working in the veterinary field for 16 years and a certified veterinary tech for 12.  She has taught at Rockford Career College for the past eight years. “Some days I miss the field work, but it has been just as rewarding working with students and teaching a new generation of vet techs to care for animals,” she says. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, “employment of veterinary technicians is expected to grow by 30 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.”Rockford Career College’s Vet Tech program prepares graduates to perform a wide variety of medical procedures, produce diagnostic radiographs, how to administer anesthesia, and surgical assisting. Students work with equipment used in today’s modern veterinary health practices, such as a digital X-ray machine […]

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Companion Animal Specialty and Emergency Hospital is a 24 hour emergency hospital with specialty departments in Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Dermatology. We strive to provide the highest level of medicine along with client service and patient care. Continuing Education and giving back to our profession is very important to us. Each year we welcome Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, and Pre Vet students to shadow and complete externships with us. We currently have several Rockford Career College students and graduates working in our Emergency Department, Internal Medicine Department, and Surgery Department. The dedication, drive, and passion of these graduates and students has been exceptional. We hope to continue to be that Veterinary Hospital that students can gain valuable hands-on work experience to help prepare them for a career in the field of Veterinary Medicine.

Companion Animal Specialty & Emergency Hospital
Crystal Lake Illinois

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