Duane Stonich
Department Chair
Main Campus: U-1002N
Phone: (815) 280-2412
Email: dstonich@jjc.edu

Karen Magno
Vet Tech Secretary
Office: B-1048
Phone: (815) 280-2746
Email: kmagno@jjc.edu

Veterinary Medical Technology

For more information contact Sandra Barrera sbarrera@jjc.edu or 815-280-2247.

The Veterinary Medical Technology Program is designed for the student who wishes to become a certified veterinary technician. The program combines classroom experience with clinical experience in community veterinary hospital facilities.

The Vet Tech program is designed for 48 full-time students, and is a two-year program, which is the

equivalent of five semesters. A choice of day or evening classes is offered. At the time of acceptance, an offer for day or evening admissions will be made. This determination is made upon space availability in the program at the time of acceptance.

A student who completes the program is awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree and is eligible to write the National Examination for Registered Veterinary Technicians for licensure in Illinois. The examination is administered by the Department of Professional Regulation.

The Veterinary Medical Technology Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and is approved by the state of Illinois.

Our 3 year pass rate (2012-2015) for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) was 98%. During that 3 year time frame 117 students were eligible to take the (VTNE) and 109 took the exam.   

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What is a Veterinary Medical Technician?

A Veterinary Medical Technician is a member of the veterinary health team who has been educated in the care and handling of animals. They can be to a veterinarian what a nurse is to a physician. However, a technician is limited by the State Practice Act, which precludes diagnosing, prescribing medication, and performing surgery. The veterinary medical technician is employed under the supervision of a veterinarian.

The Vet Tech assists veterinarians with duties that include:

  • Communicate information to people about their animal(s)
  • Administer medication
  • Assist the veterinarian in diagnosis
  • Take an animal's history
  • Perform physical exams
  • Assist in medical procedures
  • Nursing care for the patient while in the hospital
  • Assist the veterinarian in surgical procedures
  • Assist in preparing patients for surgery
  • Assist in preparing instruments for surgery
  • Record data in a computer
  • Take and develop radiographs
  • Complete laboratory testing
  • Monitor anesthesia
  • Collect blood and tissue specimens
  • Provide specialized medical care
  • Dental prophylaxis
  • Supervise and train clinic staff

What careers are available to Veterinary Medical Technicians?

The Associate in Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Medical Technology and the subsequent certification through testing will provide unique career opportunities. Those career opportunities may include, but might not be limited to the following:

  • Zoological institutions
  • Large animal and small animal private practices
  • Colleges of veterinary medicine
  • Veterinary medical technology programs
  • Facilities for medial research
  • Governmental practices
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Pet food manufacturers
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Biomedical facilities
  • Veterinary supply sales
  • Wildlife facilities
  • Humane societies
  • Animal control facilities
  • Food safety inspection