Associate in Applied Science Code: 5017
Contact Persons: Karen Schwerbrock, RVT, Director 309-854-1992; Advising Center, 309-854-1709.
The Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology prepares students to perform veterinary procedures under the supervision of a veterinarian. Veterinary technicians are primarily employed in veterinary clinics and hospitals.
Veterinary Technology AAS Application
- High school graduation or equivalent.
- A physical examination prior to any clinical coursework.
- The applicant will shadow a CVT or equivalent for a minimum of 40 hours in an animal care facility under the direction of a licensed veterinarian. A completion form must be signed by the CVT and veterinarian prior to application.
- VT Application Process: students are strongly encouraged to get their application in early, as this selection process begins in January and is very competitive. Applications will be accepted starting September 1st. Applicants are interviewed and reviewed for selection in the order in which the program received their application. The program admits 24 students each fall. Applications are available online at the department page or you may request to have one mailed to you through New Student Services.
- Students wishing to apply after March 1st should check whether applications are still being accepted at the department page.
- Interview with VT selection committee: the interview is part of a written and oral selection process.
- A rabies vaccination is required prior to admission and required by many clinical sites.
- Minimum of “C” average in courses previously completed at Black Hawk College and any courses transferred from other colleges is required.
- Students must achieve a grade of “C” or above in all VT courses to continue in the program. Final grades below a “C” will result in dismissal from the program.
Readmission is at the discretion of the program director and as space permits.
Students must also successfully document all job shadowing, health and background checks required by academic departments and/or clinical sites prior to admission to program and/or courses.
Course (Credit Hours):
Recommended Courses Prior to Application
AG 141 Animal Science (4)
AG 142 Animal Nutrition (3)
CS 100 Introduction to Computers (3)
EQ 151 Horse Production & Management (4)
EQ 253 Horse Health Care (4)
SPEC 101 Principles of Speech Communication (3)
VT 100 Intro to Veterinary Technology (2)
Communication Category (3)
Social Science Category or
AG 281 Agricultural Economics (3)
BIOL100 Introduction to Biology or
BIOL 101 General Human Biology or
BIOL 105 General Biology I (4)
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I or
CHEM 110 Introduction to Chemistry (4)
VT 102 Interpersonal Communication (3)
VT 110 Vet Tech Anatomy & Physiology I (4)
VT 115 Small Animal Health Care I (3)
VT 123 Vet Tech Math (3)
VT 140 Microbiology & Parasitology (3)
VT 111 Vet Tech Anatomy & Physiology II (4)
VT 116 Small Animal Health Care II (3)
VT 130 Repro, Nutrition & Production (3)
VT 150 Lab & Exotic Animal Care (3)
VT 160 Vet Tech Pharmacology (3)
VT 166 Clinical Preceptorship (2)
VT 170 Anesthesia & Surgical Prep (2)
VT 203 Vet Ethics & Critical Thinking (2)
VT 210 Vet Tech Diagnostic Imaging (3)
VT 215 Large Animal Health Care (3)
VT 240 Clin Path & Lab Procedures I (3)
VT 270 Vet Tech Surgery & Nursing (5)
VT 202 Veterinary Office Practices (3)
VT 222 National Board (VTNE) Review (2)
VT 241 Clin Path & Lab Procedures II (3)
VT 266 Vet Tech Clinical Internship (4)
Minimum total hours required for degree: 80