Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program

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This program has been converted to a hybrid format incorporating online instruction with on-campus instruction for hands-on components.  Please contact the school for program specifics and safety guidance and protocols.
Enrollment and financial aid can be done from home. Use your time wisely and enroll today.

What is a Veterinary Technician?

Helping animals in their critical hour of need is at the core of what a Veterinary Technician does. This hands-on profession, sometimes referred to as simply a Vet Tech or Veterinary Assistant, involves:
  • Providing critical support services for Veterinarians and animal hospital staff
  • Participating in lab tests and sampling and ensure equipment is ready for administering services.
  • Taking X-rays and performing physical exams prior to veterinary procedures.
  • Supervising and training personnel in the essentials of animal care.
  • Delivering exceptional customer service to pet owners.

Sometimes animals need nurses too and you can be exactly that as a Veterinary Technician. Plus, there is tons of opportunity in this rapidly growing field. In fact, according to the American Pet Products Association, pet owners are expected to spend over $99 billion on their pets this year.1

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What Career Options Are Available as a Veterinary Technician?

Animal adoption in the past year has increased between 15%-34%.2 With so many new pet owners, the need for animal care and health services has also increased. Well-trained Vet Techs can find expanded opportunities in locations such as:
  • Veterinary Hospitals
  • On-site Veterinary Services
  • Animal Hospitals & Shelters
  • And much more

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Veterinary Assistants is projected to grow 15% in Ohio from 2018 to 2028.3

What You Will Learn in Veterinary Technician Program

To gain employment as a Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Assistant, it is highly valuable to graduate from an accredited program and have passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE). At Rockford Career College, our program will focus on the core subjects you need to master to pass this exam, including:
  • Anesthesia
  • Emergency Medicine/Critical Care
  • Pharmacy & Pharmacology
  • Pain Management/Analgesia
  • Dentistry
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Animal Care & Nursing
  • Surgical Nursing

Why Choose Our College?

For over 155 years, Rockford Career College has made a lasting impact on the students and community we serve by:
  • Making student success our #1 priority.
  • Designing courses that develop critical skill sets and expanding our student’s knowledge base for a life-time career.
  • Ensuring that the skills businesses need are the skills we teach.
  • Offering affordable programs that typically take less time to complete and have smaller class sizes than those of other schools.
  • Offering on-campus, hybrid, and completely online diploma and degree programs that provide more flexibility to fit your life-style.
  • Having the best career services team that has done the networking for you with numerous local employers and are here to help.

All of us here at Rockford Career College are here to help you succeed, whether it’s our free tutoring, helpful financial aid options, or connecting you with businesses for that great job. We may have changed names and locations over the years, but our goal remains the same: To prepare you for quick entry into the workforce.

Financial Aid available to those who qualify.


Program length – 24 months


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3, retrieved 4/29/21.


VTNE Pass Rates Rockford Campus July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2021        
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 120
Three-year VTNE pass percentage 60.83%

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

University of Missouri Graduates of the Vet Tech Associate degree program at RCC could receive transfer credit to gain their Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology  from the University of Missouri.



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.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of jobs for veterinary technicians is expected to increase by 19% in the United States.1, retrieved 4/19/2020

Rockford, Illinois