Vet Tech Institute At International Business College

Program Overview

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*:

  • 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

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 a student at the Vet Tech Institute, you'll take these concentration courses:

  • CLINICAL MEDICINE I
    This course introduces basic terminology; different nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed in an animal's diet; animal nutrition; and nutritional seminars.

  • CLINICAL MEDICINE II
    This course builds upon Clinical Medicine I, focusing on recognition of
    different canine and feline breeds, dog laws, 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. Specifically
    students will focus on pathology of disease, necropsy, viruses, bacteria,
    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 system, neurological system, musculoskeletal system, and
    cardiorespiratory system are presented.

  • 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.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY I
    Through theory and practical application, this course teaches the student
    aspects of kennel care and management. Additionally, basic grooming,
    restraint techniques, common abbreviations, and physical exams are included.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY II
    This course builds upon Animal Technology I and is focused on oral medications and procedure, eye medications and procedure, Schirmer tear test, corneal stains, glaucoma, fecal equipment and tests, and parasitology.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY III
    This course builds upon Animal Technology II with an emphasis on sample
    collection. Instruction will cover sample collection of both urine and blood
    specimens through various routes as well as giving injections through various
    routes.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY IV
    This course builds upon Animal Technology III with an emphasis placed on
    fluid therapy, electrocardiograms, blood transfusions, and dentistry.

  • VETERINARY TERMINOLOGY
    The student will be introduced to basic terminology used in veterinary
    practice. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of composition of terms
    including the use of prefixes and suffixes.

  • MATHEMATICS FOR VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
    The student will be introduced to basic math skills, including dosage calculations that are an important part of their career.

  • 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 the cell system,
    tissues, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system,
    cardiovascular system, neurologic system, and the blood and immune system.
    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, sense organ, and endocrine systems are
    studied. Emphasis is placed on the clinical use of anatomy and physiology in
    veterinary medicine.

  • CLINICAL LABORATORY I
    This course reviews basic laboratory equipment and glassware. The student is
    then introduced to basic veterinary hematology with emphasis placed on normal
    test values of individual animal species.

  • CLINICAL LABORATORY II
    This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory I with a more in-depth study of
    hematology. White blood cell components and morphology are covered.

  • CLINICAL LABORATORY III
    This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory II, with emphasis placed on
    further individual animal species testing to include: Felv/Fiv testing,
    brucellosis testing, heartworm testing, urinalysis, and blood analyzers.

  • VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY I
    This course covers all aspects of medications according to their clinical
    usage and method 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 drugs
    affecting the gastrointestinal, dermatological, neurological, and
    cardiovascular systems; antimicrobials; and anti-inflammatory and analgesic
    drugs.

  • ANESTHESIA I
    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 practice
    calculations using common anesthetics and their dosages. The veterinary
    technician’s role in relationship to the veterinarian is a key point of
    study.

  • ANESTHESIA II
    This course is a continuation of VT145, with a focus on acid/base balance,
    fluid therapy, electrocardiograms, anesthetic emergencies, dental anesthesia,
    recovery, and pain management. This course also focuses on equine, ruminant,
    and swine anesthesia as well as anesthesia techniques for exotic pets.

  • 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 the following topics: proper methods of evaluating an
    animal in an emergency situation, how disease processes manifest as
    emergencies, and the equipment and medications used during emergencies.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY V
    This course builds upon Animal Technology IV with an emphasis placed on more
    advanced techniques such as laboratory animal research, including care and
    maintenance, disease process, blood collection procedures, anesthesia
    administration, and regulatory requirements for rats, mice, guinea pigs,
    rabbits, and exotics.

  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY VI
    This course builds upon Animal Technology V with an emphasis placed on more
    advanced techniques, such as advanced surgical procedures, bandaging and
    wound management, orthopedics, and special procedures including feeding
    tubes.

  • LARGE ANIMAL THEORY I
    This course will introduce the student to farm animal medicine. The student
    will become acquainted with anatomy, breed identification, management,
    restraint methods, physical exams, reproduction, nutrition, and husbandry.

  • 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, such as
    horses, pigs, and cattle. Herd health maintenance measures are also
    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, client education, teamwork, the veterinary technician’s role
    in euthanasia, and ethical situations are discussed.

  • VTNE PREPARATION
    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 Exam. Discussions will be followed by exams formatted
    and timed using parameters similar to the actual test.

  • CLINICAL LABORATORY IV
    This course builds upon Clinical Laboratory III. Students will learn the
    principles of cytology, as well as types of testing for diseases. Students
    will also learn the principles and perform basic microbiology techniques as
    well as collect, culture, stain, identify, and perform sensitivity testing on
    bacterial specimens.

  • RADIOGRAPHY I
    This course includes the theory of radiography and the methods of exposing
    and developing films, animal restraint, and proper positioning during film
    exposure. Radiation safety, film reading, and error identification and
    correction and prevention are emphasized.

  • SURGICAL NURSING I
    This course is designed to prepare the student to assist in all aspects of
    veterinary surgery. Students are introduced to aseptic surgery techniques,
    surgical instrumentation identification and use, patient preparation,
    positioning for various surgical procedures, and common veterinary suture
    materials and patterns.

  • SURGICAL NURSING ROTATION
    This course is designed to permit the students to apply all skills and
    knowledge acquired in Veterinary Pharmacology, Anesthesia, and Surgical
    Nursing I to perform actual surgical assisting roles. Students will gain
    experience in anesthesia administration, sterile and nonsterile assisting,
    patient preparation, surgical clean up, and recovery of their patient. These
    duties will be performed as part of a student team under the supervision of
    the staff veterinarian and licensed instructor.

  • RADIOGRAPHY II
    This course builds upon the material covered in VT241 Radiography I with
    students beginning their practical hands-on repetitions to achieve competency
    in taking and developing radiographs. The course culminates with the
    production of a final radiograph project that demonstrates the student’s
    proficiency in the technical and analytical skills of radiography.

  • LARGE ANIMAL PRACTICUM
    This course will be conducted at stables, farms or other large animal
    facilities. The student will perform and/or assist with husbandry;
    restraint; and medical, technical, and radiological procedures. This course
    focuses on cattle and horses and additional farm animal species when
    available.

  • VETERINARY EXTERNSHIP
    This unpaid externship is scheduled 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.

*Specific tasks summarized from Summary Report for: 29-2056.00 - Veterinary Technologists and Technicians; O*Net Info