A Career That Loves You Back
Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, are the first line of care for animals recovering from surgeries and illnesses. They also provide routine care so animals can stay healthy. Loving animals is an important part of being a veterinary technician, but there is a lot more to the job.
Vet techs need to have a love for animals, strong abilities in math and science, and good communication skills. As part of their day-to-day activities, they will perform medical and laboratory procedures, assist veterinarians in surgery, and of course communicate with pet owners.
The 18-month veterinary technology program at the Vet Tech Institute was designed so you can learn the skills that vet techs need, including:
- Safely administering medicine to patients
- Performing analysis of laboratory specimens
- Conducting patient assessments
- Operating radiographic equipment, including x-rays and ultrasounds
- Providing surgical assistance
- Administering and monitoring anesthesia
As a Vet Tech Institute graduate, our career services department will help you start your career by finding the right job!
The Veterinary Technology program contains all elements required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
By attending an AVMA-accredited program like the one at the Vet Tech Institute, graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, which is required to become a certified veterinary technician.
VTI graduates work for:
- Veterinary clinics
- Animal hospitals
- Boarding facilities
- Pharmaceutical companies
Ready to get started? Call us at 800.570.0693 or fill out our information request form.
Vet Tech Institute offers an 18-month associate in specialized technology degree program for students seeking the core skills that will help them start their veterinary technician careers.
Most classes are specific to preparing you for a successful veterinary technician career. Veterinary technology students will be required to perform kennel duty on a regular basis.
At the Vet Tech Institute, our Veterinary Technology faculty are all animal lovers and have real-world experience. Our classes provide plenty of hands-on instruction. You will also spend 8 weeks in an externship where you will practice what you’ve learned and make industry contacts!
- Clinical Medicine I-V
- Animal Technology I- VI
- Animal Anatomy and Physiology I-II
- Veterinary Terminology
- Clinical Laboratory I-IV
- Anesthesia I-II
- Pharmacology I-II
- Radiography I-II
- Surgical Nursing I-II
- Large Animal Theory I-II
- Veterinary Office Procedures
- Mathematics for Veterinary Technicians
- VTNE Preparation
- Veterinary Externship
At the Vet Tech Institute, you and your family will work individually with a representative to develop a personalized financial plan. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. As long as you stay enrolled full-time at the Vet Tech Institute, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.
|Specialized Associate Degree Program|
|TUITION/ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018)|
|Tuition Per Semester 1-4*||$7,120|
|Tuition Final 1/2 Semester*||$2,600|
|Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program)||$1,449|
|Lab Fees Per Semester (1-4 only)||$390|
|*Specialized Associate Degree Program is 4.5 Semesters|
|**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date.|
July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2018
Number of Eligible First- Time Test Takers (Total Graduates )
Number of First-Time Test Takers
3 Year Average VTNE Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers
Vet Tech Institute is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges. The address, telephone number, and website of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges are 2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302, Arlington, VA 22201, (703) 247-4212, www.accsc.org. The Vet Tech Institute Veterinary Technology Program is currently accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The address and telephone number of the American Veterinary Medical Association are 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 925-8070.
Potential applicants may find the following information at pittsburgh.vettechinstitute.edu/catalog.pdf: institutional 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.
Student Services Offered for Students with Disabilities
Vet Tech Institute is committed to providing equal access to the school’s academic programs and services to qualified individuals with disabilities through reasonable accommodation. Students who believe they are in need of accommodations should contact the designated Section 504 coordinator, who is the Director of Education identified in the Administration, Faculty, and Staff section of this catalog, at 125 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15222 or 412-391-7021. The student should provide the designated Section 504 coordinator with a current comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from a qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability and lists recommended accommodations. All documentation will be reviewed by the designated Section 504 coordinator in a timely manner, and appropriate reasonable accommodations will be provided based on the individual student’s needs.
Animal Care Duty Student Services
Vet Tech Institute maintains an on-site kennel housing dogs, cats, and rodents. An important part of the education provided by the Veterinary Technology program is learning the duties and responsibilities of animal care and sanitation. Therefore, kennel duty is a vital part of that learning experience, and all veterinary technology students are assigned mandatory kennel duty. Kennel duties are performed before and after classes and on weekends. The number of weeks each student is assigned kennel duty depends on the number of in-house veterinary technology students.
Our students are our priority and we offer a variety of student services that can help our students move down the path to graduation. From financial aid to housing assistance, the Vet Tech Institute can help. Although the school cannot guarantee employment in the field of study, Vet Tech Institute is committed to helping graduates find jobs working in the veterinary technology field by providing contacts and guidance during the placement process.
Credit Transfer from Another School
Transcripts of work completed at other accredited colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student’s program. Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Director of Education to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Vet Tech Institute. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges provided the grades received for the courses were “C” or better. However, in the case where a program has been separately accredited by a specialized accreditor and that accreditor requires the credential-granting institution to certify student competency in specified skill areas, course work will not be evaluated and transfer credits will not be awarded for any courses that contain skill evaluations and certification. Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Vet Tech Institute. Because programs at Vet Tech Institute are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. Credit is not granted for advanced placement or experiential learning. One exception is credit for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Vet Tech Institute may award credit based on these recommendations when the credit is for courses similar in nature, content, and level to that required at the college. Students seeking credit for military training should provide a transcript from the American Council on Education for evaluation. Credit will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation.
Credit Transfer to Another School
The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Vet Tech Institute are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Vet Tech Institute are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Vet Tech Institute nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. Vet Tech Institute will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program.
Students are invited to participate in an activity program that takes advantage of the cultural, business, and recreational resources of the area. While the social program varies each year depending upon student choice, all activities are designed to relieve some of the inherent pressures created by an intense academic schedule. In addition, these activities serve as the ideal place to meet new friends and develop better communication and interpersonal skills.
Graduation & Placement Rate
Graduation and placement rates are provided for students entering the program between January 2014 and December 2014. Of the 251 students available for graduation during that time, 76% of students completed their degree. The placement rate for these graduates as reported to ACCSC is 91%. More graduates may have been placed subsequently.
Our Admissions department is waiting to help you. We will make it easy!
As a Veterinary Technology student, you will be able to:
- Graduate and be ready to work quickly
- Use our proactive career services department
- Take hands-on, career driven classes
- Learn from faculty with experience in veterinary technology
- Apply for financial aid
- Be eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam to become a certified vet tech upon your graduation
Schedule a tour so we can answer your questions and you can see what a day as a Vet Tech Institute student is like!
Ready to get started? Call us at 800.570.0693 or fill out our information request form.