At the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College, for those attending full time, you can earn your Veterinary Technician degree 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 International Business College graduate, you’ll be prepared to assist veterinarians to*:
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.
*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info
As a student at the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College, you'll take these concentration courses:
CLINICAL MEDICINE I
This course introduces basic terminology and nutrition.
CLINICAL MEDICINE II
This course builds upon Clinical Medicine I, focusing on canine and feline breeds, concepts of canine and feline behavior, and vaccine types and protocols for both canines and felines
CLINICAL MEDICINE III
This course is an in-depth study of canine and feline diseases. Students will focus on pathology of disease, necropsy, protozoal and vector-borne diseases, zoonoses, dermatology, and the endocrine system.
CLINICAL MEDICINE IV
This course is a continuation of Clinical Medicine III. Diseases of the reproductive, neurological, musculoskeletal, and cardio-respiratory systems are presented.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY I
Through theory and practical application, this course teaches the student aspects of kennel care and management. Additionally, restraint techniques, physical examinations, basic grooming techniques, and common abbreviations are included.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY II
This course builds upon Animal Technology I and is focused on oral medications and procedures, eye medications and procedures, fecal tests, and parasitology.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY III
This course builds upon Animal Technology II. Instruction will cover sample collection of both urine and blood specimens through various routes as well as administering injections through various routes.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY IV
This course builds upon Animal Technology III with an emphasis on intravenous catheterization fluid therapy, electrocardiograms, blood transfusions, and dentistry
The student will be introduced to basic terminology used in veterinary medicine. Emphasis is based on the understanding of composition of terms including the use of prefixes and suffixes.
CLINICAL LABORATORY I
This course reviews basic laboratory equipment and glassware. The student is introduced to basic veterinary hematology with emphasis placed on normal values of individual animal species.
CLINICAL LABORATORY II
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory I with a more in-depth study of hematology. Blood cell appearance to recognize diseases is emphasized along with cell and platelet counts. Other measurements of blood components are also covered.
CLINICAL LABORATORY III
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory II, with emphasis placed on further individual animal species testing for common diseases as well as urinalysis techniques and the use of blood analyzers.
ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
This course concerns the structure and function of the animal body and its parts. Instruction is geared
toward the understanding of cells and tissues as well as the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, neurological, and blood and immune systems. Emphasis is placed on the clinical use of anatomy and physiology in veterinary medicine.
ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
This course builds on Animal Anatomy and Physiology I. In this course, the structure and function of the circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, excretory/renal, reproductive, and sense organ systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the clinical use of anatomy and physiology in veterinary medicine.
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY I
This course covers clinical usage of medications and methods of administration. Emphasis is placed on the veterinary technician’s role in the veterinary pharmacy. This course also focuses on drug dosage calculations.
VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY II
This course is a continuation of Veterinary Pharmacology I and covers more specific drugs affecting various systems and functions as well as an introduction to herbal therapeutics.
This course concerns all aspects of the anesthetic process, anesthetic agents used in veterinary medicine
and their effects, and anesthetic equipment functions and use. The student will apply mathematical skills to determine appropriate dosages of common anesthetic agents. The veterinary technician’s role in
relationship to the veterinarian is a key point of study.
This course is a continuation of Anesthesia I with a focus on anesthetic monitoring, emergencies, recovery, and pain management as well as electrocardiography.
CLINICAL MEDICINE V
This course is a continuation of Clinical Medicine IV. Diseases of the digestive system and renal system
will be discussed as well as emergency management and the veterinary technician’s role in emergency situations. Emphasis is placed on: proper methods of evaluating an animal in an emergency situation, how disease processes manifest as emergencies, and the equipment and medications used during
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY V
This course builds upon Animal Technology IV with an emphasis on more advanced techniques including laboratory animal research and care and maintenance, disease process, blood collection procedures, anesthesia administration, and regulatory requirements for rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and exotics species.
ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY VI
This course builds upon Animal Technology V with an emphasis placed on more advanced techniques, including advanced surgical procedures, bandaging and wound management, orthopedics, feeding tube usage, and other special procedures.
LARGE ANIMAL THEORY I
This course will introduce the student to farm animal medicine. The course will cover anatomy, breed identification, management, restraint methods, physical examinations, reproduction, nutrition, and husbandry of large animals.
LARGE ANIMAL THEORY II
This course continues theories introduced in Large Animal Theory I to include more in-depth information on diseases for farm animal species. Herd health maintenance measures are discussed.
VETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES
This course focuses on aspects of veterinary practice operations. Topics such as appointment scheduling, general office and billing procedures, client relations, OSHA compliance, client education, teamwork, the veterinary technician’s role in euthanasia, and ethical situations are discussed.
This course is a comprehensive review of both theory and practical application. It is designed to prepare the student to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination. Discussions will be followed by exams formatted and timed using parameters similar to the actual test.
This course includes the theory of radiography, proper positioning, and methods of exposing and developing films. Radiation safety as well as recognition of technique errors is emphasized.
SURGICAL NURSING I
This course will prepare the student to assist in veterinary surgery. Students are introduced to aseptic surgery techniques, surgical instrumentation identification and use, patient preparation, and positioning for various surgical procedures.
SURGICAL NURSING ROTATION
In this course students will apply all skills and knowledge acquired in Veterinary Pharmacology I and II, Anesthesia I and II, Clinical Laboratory I, II, III, IV and Surgical Nursing 1 in the various roles in assisting surgical procedures. Students will gain experience in anesthesia administration, sterile and non-sterile assisting, patient preparation, surgical clean up, and recovery of patients.
This course builds upon the material covered in Radiography I with students practicing hands-on repetitions to achieve competency in taking and developing diagnostic radiographs.
LARGE ANIMAL PRACTICUM
This course is conducted at stables, farms, or other off-campus facilities. Students will perform husbandry and restraint techniques as well as various medical and radiological procedures on horses, cattle, and other available large animal species.
This unpaid externship is completed in the last 8 instructional weeks of the program. Externships are served in a veterinary clinic or hospital or other animal facility. The externship experience provides the
student with the opportunity to build upon the clinical and practical skills learned in the classroom.
CLINICAL LABORATORY IV
This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory III. Students will learn the principles of clinical chemistry, diagnostic tests, and use and maintenance of analytic equipment as well as basic microbiological, cytological, and hematological techniques.
FUNDAMENTALS OF CHEMISTRY
This course introduces the student to general chemistry and focuses upon the relationship between
chemistry and biological reactions in living organisms. Included are the properties of matter, interactions between molecules, acids and bases, and basic biochemical principles.