Veterinary Technology
 

Career That Loves You Back.

Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, are the first line of care for animals recovering from surgeries and illnesses. They also provide routine care so animals can stay healthy. Loving animals is an important part of being a veterinary technician, but there is a lot more to the job.  Vet techs are skilled in medical terminology, medical procedures, and of course communicating with pet owners. 

During the 18-month veterinary technology program, you can learn the duties that vet techs perform under the supervision of a veterinarian, such as:

  • Providing first aid and nursing care
  • Assisting veterinarians during examinations and procedures
  • Performing or helping with diagnostic tests such as X-rays, urinalysis, and blood counts
  • Conducting routine procedures like dental cleanings and immunizations
  • Preparing animals for surgery
  • Monitoring the condition of patients
  • Educating pet owners on animal care and welfare

By attending an AVMA-accredited program like the one at the Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College, graduates are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam, which is required to become a licensed veterinary technician.

Click the button below to learn more about our on-time graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information.    

Click the tabs below to learn more about our 18-month Veterinary Technology program or visit StLouis.VetTechInstitute.edu.

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HIGHLIGHTS

At Hickey College, our Veterinary Technology faculty are all animal lovers and have real-world experience. Our smaller class sizes mean you will have plenty of hands-on instruction. You will also spend 8 weeks in an externship where you will practice what you’ve learned and make industry contacts!

Throughout the 18-month program, you will be learning in a simulated veterinary office, which contains industry standard veterinary equipment. Our facilities also feature a kennel, which houses dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, and more! You can also learn about large animal care.

The Veterinary Technology program contains all elements required by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

 

 

With Hickey College's 18-month Veterinary Technology program, you will:

  • Assist in surgeries
  • Monitor animals recovering from surgery
  • Perform lab tests by collecting and analyzing specimens
  • Use x-ray equipment
  • Fill and administer medications
  • Perform injections
 

CAREERS

As a Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College graduate, our career services department will help you start your career by finding the right job!

Employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow 52 percent from 2010 to 2020.10


 

 

Hickey College graduates work for:

  • Private veterinary offices
  • Animal hospitals
  • Research
  • Boarding facilities
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Military
 

CURRICULUM

Vet Tech Institute at Hickey College offers an 18-month associate degree program for students seeking the core skills that will help them start their veterinary technician careers.

Most classes are specific to preparing you for a successful veterinary technician career. Veterinary technology students will be required to perform kennel duty on a regular basis.

To read course descriptions, download our school catalog.


 

 

 

CONCENTRATION COURSES

  • ANESTHESIA I
  • ANESTHESIA II
  • ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I
  • ANIMAL ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY I
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY II
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY III
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY IV
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY V
  • ANIMAL TECHNOLOGY VI
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY I
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY II
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY III
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY IV
  • CLINICAL LABORATORY V
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE I
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE II
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE III
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE IV
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE V
  • CLINICAL MEDICINE VI
  • LARGE ANIMAL PRACTICUM
  • LARGE ANIMAL THEORY I
  • LARGE ANIMAL THEORY II
  • RADIOGRAPHY I
  • RADIOGRAPHY II
  • SURGICAL NURSING I
  • SURGICAL NURSING II
  • VETERINARY CLIENT INTERVIEW & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
  • VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY I
  • VETERINARY PHARMACOLOGY II
  • VETERINARY OFFICE PROCEDURES
  • VETERINARY TECHNICIAN EXTERNSHIP
  • VETERINARY TERMINOLOGY
  • VTNE PREPARATION
 

COSTS

As long as you stay enrolled full-time at Hickey College, tuition rates will be frozen for you and will never go up from year to year.

Associate Degree Program
TUITION (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017)
 
Tuition Per Semester* $6,960
Lab Fee Per Semester*  $360
Final Half Semester of Veterinary Technology Program $2,600
ADMISSIONS FEES (for students entering January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017) 
Application Fee $50
Tuition Deposit** $50
Confirmation Deposit** $50
Residence Deposit $75
Estimated Books and Supplies (for completing the program) $2,655
Residence Fees Per Semester $2,980
*Associate Degree program is 4.5 semesters 
**Deposit is credited towards tuition when the student begins classes. It is not refundable after the due date. 

 

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

 

VTNE Information

July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2017

Number of Eligible First- Time Test Takers  (Total Graduates )

329

Number of First-Time Test Takers

220

3 Year Average VTNE Pass Rate for First-Time Test Takers

55.0%

 

 

Catalog

Potential applicants may find the following information at  www.hickeycollege.edu/catalog.pdf: institutional accreditation; contact information for accrediting agencies and state licensing/approval agencies; admissions policies and practices; policies on transfer of credits to and from the institution; policies and processes for withdrawal and for refunds of tuition/fees; and additional consumer information.

 

Credit Transfer From Another School

Transcripts of work completed at other accredited colleges may be submitted to the Director of Education for review. Transcripts should be submitted during the first term of a student’s program. Other documentation may also be required. Credits considered for transfer are evaluated by the Transfer Committee to determine if the course work is similar in nature, content, and level to that required at Hickey College. If the course work is comparable, transfer students may be given credit for courses completed at other accredited colleges provided the grades received for the courses were ”C” or better. 

Courses completed at other Bradford schools will be treated the same as courses taken at Hickey College. Because programs at Hickey College are specially tailored to career preparation, course credits from other postsecondary schools may not be transferable. 

Credit is not granted for advanced placement or experiential learning. One exception is credit for military training that has been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). Hickey College may award credit based on these recommendations when the credit is for courses similar in nature, content, and level to that required at the college. Students seeking credit for military training should provide a transcript from the American Council on Education for evaluation. Credit will be treated as transfer credit and will count toward graduation.

 

Credit Transfer to Another School

The acceptance of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which a student is attempting to transfer credits. There may be articulation agreements in place at the time the student enters that may not be in place when the student graduates or desires to attend a particular school. Because programs at Hickey College are designed specifically for career preparation, students must assume that credits for courses taken at Hickey College are not transferable to other institutions. Neither Hickey College nor any of its employees can represent that another institution will accept any courses for credit. 

 A student who is interested in attempting to transfer credits to another institution should contact the Director of Education. Hickey College will supply the necessary documentation that may aid the student in receiving credits for the completed course work provided the student does not owe the school money, is not delinquent or in default on a student loan, or does not owe a refund on any federal or state student financial aid program.