Veterinary Technology Program Overview
At the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College, by attending class full time, you can earn your Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology degree (AAS) in as little as 18 months. The program contains all elements required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
While veterinary technicians do get to spend time cuddling and loving the animals in their care, veterinary technicians are also an important part of the veterinary medical team.
As a Vet Tech Institute at Fox College graduate, you’ll be prepared to assist veterinarians to*:
- Treat ill or injured animals by monitoring their clinical symptoms.
- Prepare for and assist in surgery.
- Administer, monitor, and maintain anesthesia during surgery.
- Monitor animals recovering from surgery.
- Perform laboratory tests by collecting and analyzing test specimens to assist the veterinarian in diagnosing conditions.
- Take and develop radiographics using x-ray equipment.
- Fill medications and maintain a drug inventory and log book.
- Perform injections, administer medications and vaccines, and run IVs.
*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info
Graduates of the Vet Tech Institute veterinary technology program have the education and experience that employers are looking for in their employees. For the most recent year, 98% of our available graduates were successfully placed in jobs**.
The last 2 months of your education are spent in an externship. This is an opportunity to get real-life experience in an animal clinic, hospital, research facility, or a farm animal practice.
**As of April 15, 2012, of 97 graduates between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, 91 were available for placement, 89 were employed in the field of study or a related field, and 2 were not employed or employed in unrelated occupations.
As a Vet Tech Institute at Fox College student, you'll take these concentration courses:
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o The Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) taxonomic coding scheme was developed in 1980 by the National Center for Education Statistics to facilitate the organization, collection, and reporting of fields of study and program completions. The CIP titles and program descriptions are intended to be generic categories into which program completions data can be placed, not exact duplicates of a specific major or field of study titles used by individual institutions. This institution’s programs generally are intended to provide training for occupations associated with multiple CIP codes and each program’s graduates generally occupy a wide variety of positions both following graduation and within a few years. However, the institution is required to choose one CIP code and believes that a code of 51.0808 is the best representation of expected occupations. The institution is required to list the following occupations (by name and Standard Occupational Classification—or SOC—code) that the O*NET crosswalk identifies as a representative sample of identified occupations for completers of a program with a CIP code of 51.0808.
25-1071.00 Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary
29-2056.00 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
31-9096.00 Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers
The institution notes that, due to the nature of CIP codes and SOC codes, this list of representative occupations may be expected to comprise a subset of actual graduates’ occupations; further, graduates may or may not work in each of these listed occupations.
o The on-time graduation rate as defined by the U.S. Department of Education for students who completed the program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 is 92%. The definition is the percentage of graduates that completed the program within the normal timeframe.
o We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates. However, placement rates may be shown elsewhere on this site.
o Tuition and fees charged for completing the program within the normal time for students who start the program between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 is $34,110. (Note that financial aid is available for those who qualify and the net price paid may be materially less; please visit www.foxcollege.edu/aid.)
o The typical costs for books and supplies for completing the program within the normal time is expected—as of the fall of 2012—to be approximately $1,610 for students who start the program between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013.
o Potential applicants may find the following information at www.foxcollege.edu/catalog.pdf: institutional accreditation; programmatic accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.
o Veterinary technology students will be required to perform kennel duty on a regular basis.
o Median federal loan debt for graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 was $14,621. Median private loan debt and median institutional loan debt for graduates between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012 were each zero.