Several community colleges in Illinois offer veterinary technology programs, while only one university offers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. Vet tech programs typically lead to an associate's degree. The school that offers the doctoral program also offers a bachelor's degree program in pre-veterinary medicine. Hands-on, supervised training is included in veterinary programs, often in the form of internships. Scholarships may be available to some students. Doctorate-seeking students must complete residencies.
Below are overviews of eight schools offering veterinary training in Illinois.
John A. Logan College
John A. Logan College in Carterville offers two veterinary degree programs. One is an associate's degree transfer program in pre-veterinary medicine designed for students who plan to continue their studies to become a veterinarian. This program allows students to declare a major in zoology or animal science upon transfer to another school. The other is an associate's degree program in veterinary technology. This program trains students to become entry-level technicians who assist veterinarians with animal health care. Internships are included. The veterinary technology portion of this program is part of a five-college cooperative program and is offered at facilities near Herrin. This requires students to commute to Herrin.
Joliet Junior College
Joliet Junior College in Joliet offers an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology program that combines clinical experience at area veterinary hospitals with classroom training to prepare students to become certified veterinary technicians. This two-year program teaches students how to care for and handle animals. They learn to perform physical examinations, administer medication, take and develop radiographs, complete laboratory testing, monitor anesthesia and assist a veterinarian in surgery and other medical procedures. Scholarships are available. The college also has a Vet Tech Club.
Located in Centralia, Kaskaskia College offers a veterinary technology associate's degree program that teaches individuals the technical and administrative skills needed to work with animals and assist veterinarians. Courses include animal anatomy and physiology, veterinary practice management, animal radiography, animal surgery technology, animal pharmacology and animal diseases. The veterinary technology portion of this program is offered at facilities near Herrin. Students are required to commute to classes and to area veterinary clinics.
Located in Champaign, Parkland College offers an associate's degree in veterinary technology. This 66-credit program trains students to work with a variety of animal species in several areas of veterinary medicine. Students learn about clinical laboratory testing, X-ray procedures, anesthesia, surgery assistance, office procedures and pharmacy duties. They rotate among various service areas at the university's veterinary school to experience the techniques used. This program prepares students to take the licensure examination for veterinary technicians.
Rend Lake College
Located in Ina, Rend Lake College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology program that includes training in animal breeds, husbandry, nutrition, veterinary pharmacology, emergency care, clinical pathology, office management and parasitology. Along with classroom training, students gain experience though hands-on work at veterinary facilities. Students must commute to classes near Herrin to receive instruction in the veterinary technology portion of this program. Graduates are eligible to take the veterinary technician examination to become certified.
Shawnee Community College
Shawnee Community College in Ullin offers a two-year veterinary technology program that includes courses in small animal nursing, animal physiology and anatomy, animal pharmacology, animal surgery technology and animal nutrition. Internships are required. Students must have two years of high school biology with a grade of 'C' or better to be admitted into this program.
Southeastern Illinois College
Located in Harrisburg, Southeastern Illinois College offers an associate's degree in veterinary technology. First-year students gain a basic understanding of areas such as animal nursing, animal pharmacology, veterinary practice management, animal anatomy and surgical technology. They also learn the duties of a veterinary technician. Students in the second year gain more exposure to a variety of animals and receive advanced training in subject areas. They also prepare to meet state licensing examination requirements to become certified veterinary technicians.
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
The Champaign campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign offers a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences with a pre-veterinary concentration for individuals interested in becoming veterinarians. This program emphasizes basic science courses and allows students to tailor their coursework to meet entrance requirements for graduate or professional school, including the university's four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program and its five-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Master of Public Health joint degree program. Students may seek internships in small animal and large animal medicine. There are also residency programs in several areas of veterinary medicine.
A license is required to work as a veterinarian or a veterinary technician in Illinois. Licensure for veterinarians requires applicants to complete a a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program. They must also receive a passing grade on the North American Veterinary Licensing Examination.
A veterinary technician must graduate from an accredited veterinary technology program and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination to obtain a license. Continuing education is also required for each occupation.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Veterinary Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|John A. Logan College||2-year, public; remote town|| Associate of Science Transfer Degree in Pre-veterinary Medicine,
Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
| $3,766 (in-district);
|Joliet Junior College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Medical Technology|| $4,380 (in-district);
|Kaskaskia College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology|| $4,470 (in-district);
|Parkland College||2-year, public; small city||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology|| $4,920 (in-district);
|Rend Lake College||2-year, public; distant rural||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology|| $3,900 (in-district);
|Shawnee Community College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology|| $4,000 (in-district);
|Southeastern Illinois College||2-year, public; rural||Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology|| $3,960 (in-district);
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||4-year, public; small city|| Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences,
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine/Master of Public Health,
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
| $15,094 (in-state);
Source: *NCES College Navigator