Veterinary Technology

The Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) in Veterinary Technology program provides students with both classroom and clinical experiences. Students will spend the majority of their clinical experience in various veterinary settings including referral centers and private clinical practices. Both four-semester and six-semester options are available.

The Vol State Veterinary Technology program was granted initial accreditation in 2013 by the AVMA. This curriculum is designed to prepare students for the Veterinary Technician National Exam and credentialing (certification, licensure, or registration) which is required in the majority of states. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the national board exam to become credentialed. This is a competitive program that requires a separate application and interview before admittance into the program.

It takes more than just the love of animals to be a successful Veterinary Technician. They are similar to human nurses with jobs that include: anesthetist, dental hygienist, medical laboratory technician, surgical technician, and radiology technician.


The mission of the Veterinary Technology Program is to enable students to attain licensure and gainful employment by providing high-quality education and clinical experiences. These services contribute to the college’s mission by building partnerships within the community and preparing students for successful careers.


Volunteer State Community College Veterinary Technology Program is accredited by the AVMA CVTEA as a program for educating veterinary technicians.

American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities
1931 North Meacham Rd, Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4360
(800) 248-2862

Career Options

  • Agricultural Businesses
  • Large Animal, Small Animal, or Specialty/Referral Veterinary Practice
  • Laboratory Animals and Research Facilities
  • Exotics or Zoo Species
  • Local and National Government Regulatory Positions
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Humane Societies and animal control facilities
  • Industry

Career Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor says job prospects for Veterinary technicians and technologists are excellent with a 36 percent growth rate projected for the next seven years.

VTNE Passage Rate

Becoming a credentialed Veterinary Technician, in most states, requires a passing score on the VTNE as one of the criteria. Information about the VTNE can be found on the AAVSB Website. Listed is the 3-year passage rate for first-time candidates graduating from Vol State.

VTNE Pass Rate

July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE


3-year Pass Rate (%)