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Vet Tech Institute offers an 18-month program for students seeking the core skills to prepare for entry into the veterinary care field. Our curriculum, facilities, cohort instruction, and experienced faculty each play an important role in the success of our students. 

The curriculum is designed to build the knowledge and skills required to start a career as a veterinary technician. Course content covers a broad range of topics and complies with the AVMA's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) standards. 

Working hands-on with the animals in our on-site kennels throughout the program is an essential and exciting part of the curriculum here at Vet Tech Institute. In addition to the kennels, our learning facilities include well-equipped laboratories, animal-friendly classrooms, surgical and radiography suites.

Our faculty share a passion for helping animals and teaching students, and they bring their industry experience into the classroom to provide a passionate and professional education. Program-specific faculty and motivated peers make for a great learning environment. 

Training veterinary technicians is all we do. Therefore, we dedicate complete focus to helping you graduate with an AST degree in 18 months and, more importantly, preparing you to enter the workforce. The best way to learn about our program is to visit us and see for yourself. We invite you to request more information today or schedule a visit!


What Does A Vet Tech Do? 

Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, play a pivotal role on the animal health care team. They can support a veterinarian the same way the medical team supports a doctor.

As a vet tech, some of the things you are trained to do are: 

  • Give vaccines and injections
  • Assess sick patients
  • Run laboratory tests
  • Apply bandages and splints
  • Assist in surgery
  • Administer anesthesia
  • Take x-rays and ultrasounds
  • Clean teeth
  • Dispense prescriptions
  • Chart medical information
  • Educate families   

Thus, at different times, a vet tech acts like a nurse, laboratory technician, surgical assistant, radiology technician, dental hygienist, pharmacy technician, patient educator, and even a nutritionist! 



Essential Skills

Programs accredited by the AVMA's Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) are required to instruct and evaluate each student's knowledge or skill in a comprehensive range of areas.  Proficiency in these skills helps to prepare you for your role on the animal health care team.  The programs at all Vet Tech Institute locations are currently accredited by the CVTEA.  

Check out the list of skills by clicking here! 

To see the essential functions you will need to perform in the program, please see the Essential Functions In The AVTE Disabilities Task Force Report.


The curriculum's primary focus is on the veterinary care of cats and dogs, but will also cover exotics, lab animals, and farm animals. Our classes provide plenty of hands-on instruction and, as part, our students are required to participate in kennel duty on a regular basis. Students will also spend 8 weeks on an externship to practice what they have learned and make industry contacts!  

Most courses in the 18-month program directly prepare you with the tools for a successful veterinary technician career.  

As a student you'll concentrate on the following areas: 

  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Surgical Nursing
  • Veterinary Clinical Pathology
  • Animal Behavior 
  • Animal Husbandry 
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology 
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Laboratory Procedures 
  • Veterinary Nutrition 
  • Anesthesia
  • Pharmacology 
  • Radiology 
  • Preparation for the VTNE National Certification Exam 

You can read the course descriptions in our school catalog.  

Student Services

The success and wellbeing of our students is our first priority, and we offer a variety of student services that can help you on the path to graduation. From financial aid, academic advising and housing assistance, our staff is here to lend a hand. You can expect individualized assistance starting with admissions and continuing all the way through until career placement.

Although the school cannot guarantee employment in the field, Vet Tech Institute is committed to helping all of our graduates find jobs by providing valuable contacts and guidance.  

Student Activities 

Our schools offer students the opportunity to belong to a student organization focused on both recreation opportunities and activities related to the animal care field. The specific activities are decided upon and planned by student leadership under the guidance of an instructor who oversees the group. Joining is a great way for you to meet new friends and begin networking in preparation for your future career! 

VTNE Information

July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2022

Number of First-Time Test Takers 325
3 Year Average VTNE Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers 63.1%


Animal Care Duty

Vet Tech Institute maintains an on-site kennel which houses dogs, cats, and rodents. As part of the unique hands-on learning that our program provides, all students are assigned kennel duty shifts before and after classes as well as on weekends. Not only does this add to the overall experience, but it also helps to teach our students the duties and responsibilities of animal care and sanitation.

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