Veterinary Technology

The Application Procedure deadline is March 1, 2016.

Application packets are available to pick up in Registration, CTE Office, Nursing Office, as well as online.  Click here for a VET application packet.
Only 5 students are admitted each year.


  Click here for the SICCM pre-program information sheet.

This has contact information if you have any questions, and the step by step process of preparing to apply for the Vet Tech program.

This program is offered through SICCM, the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market.


  1. Graduate (or anticipate graduation by college entrance) from an approved High School or demonstrate equivalent competency (G.E.D. examination).
  2. Satisfy all general entrance requirements for admission to the college to which you applied prior to the application deadlines for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program.
  3. Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised (HOAE-R) by March 1.  See the HOAE testing section below for more information.
  4. Submit completed MLT Tech application form by March 1.
  5. Request official transcripts from previous college experience if desiring to transfer any coursework.It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all official transcripts have been received by the SIC Enrollment Services Office.

Upon admission to the program students will be required to successfully complete a 7.5 hour job shadowing experience; a physical exam; the fist of a series of three Hepatitis B Virus vaccinations (or sign a declination waiver); a two step TB skin test (and/or chest x-ray), a rubella titer (and/or immunization), documented proof of immunity to Rubeola (red measles) and immunity status to Varicella (chicken pox) and Pertussis (whooping cough), and a Tetanus immunization. These must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Students will also be required to have a second TB skin test and/or chest x-ray before the senior year of the program. Training and certification in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) must be completed before or prior to attending clinical sites in the second semester of the first year. Health insurance is required by clinical sites before students are allowed on-site. Students must provide proof of medical insurance in effect throughout the two year program.

HOAE Testing

  • All exams will be in Room A-153 in the Student Success Center (A-145).
  • Contact Ed Rose (ext. 2442) in advance to schedule a date and time to test.
  • Prior to taking HOAE test make payment to the SIC Business Office (E-246) of $35 for the HOAE testing fee.  Make check or money order payable to Southeastern Illinois College.  No Refunds.
  • Provide receipt as proof of payment on your scheduled test date.
  • Bring photo ID on scheduled test date.
  • HOAE scores will be considered valid for two academic years.
  • The HOAE may be taken up to two times within one academic year, with the highest score used for determination of admission.
  • Testing will be checked between campuses.
  • If an applicant has taken this test more than two times within an academic year, only the first two scores will be considered.
  • Sample questions for the HOAE test can be found by going to and clicking on Resources for Test Takers.

Admitted Student Program Requirements

Upon admission to the program students will be required to attend a mandatory summer orientation session which occurs at the end of May. At the orientation, students will receive a student handbook and important documentation. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, supplies needed for the program, course policies and physical exam forms; in which proof of immunity to against Tuberculosis and current immunization against Tetanus will be needed to be recorded. These must be completed prior to the beginning of class. Health insurance is required by all students prior to beginning classes. Students must provide proof of medical insurance in effect throughout the two year program.

A felony conviction may adversely affect the student’s ability to be accepted by hospital clinical sites. Two internships are required for graduation from the Vet Tech Program. Therefore, the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market requires accepted students to complete a criminal history background check prior to beginning the Vet Tech Program. Information about this process will be provided to the student when he/she is informed of acceptance into the program.

As a condition of assignments to clinical educational experiences, admitted students will also be required to submit to a drug screening. The screening will be completed by a party selected by the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market, and paid for by the student. Information about the drug screen will be sent to a newly admitted student by the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market in an admission packet.

All students entering the program must complete a 30 Hour Veterinary Technology Clinical Experience/ Observation form. The experience may be paid employment by a veterinarian or job shadowing/volunteer work in a veterinary clinic. Experience can be gained at any time. Upon completion of the experience the student and supervising veterinarian must sign the form and return by the first day of class.

Admission packets describing the drug screening information, criminal background check, physical examination, veterinary technician experience, vaccinations, and immunizations will be given to students at the summer mandatory orientation held at the Veterinary Technology Building. These packets will contain the forms and deadlines necessary to complete those requirements prior to the start of class.

 What is a Veterinary Technologist?


The Veterinary Technician possesses both administrative, clinical, and technical skills necessary to assist the veterinarian in all phases of medicine and surgery for small, large, exotic, and lab animals. Technicians typically conduct clinical work in a private practice under the supervision of a veterinarian – often performing various clinical medical tests (urinalysis, parasitology, radiology) along with treating medical conditions and diseases in animals. Veterinary Technicians care for a wide variety of animals, such as cats, dogs, mice, rats, sheep, pigs, cattle, horses, birds, fish, and reptiles. They function as animal radiology, dental, surgery, and anesthesiology technicians.

Additional job opportunities include working in animal shelters, wildlife rehabilitation, medical research laboratories and private industry.

What could I expect as a Veterinary Technology student?


  • Introduce students to the field of veterinary technology.
  • Provide students with basic knowledge in areas of anatomy, physiology, radiology, animal nursing, surgical technology, pharmacology, clinical pathology, and veterinary practice management in preparation for the applied clinical courses.
  • Provide a basic understanding and the functions of a Veterinary Technician as a team member of the veterinary medical team.
  • Develop student’s cognitive thinking skills.

Prepare students for externships. Upon completion of the first year, students are expected to be familiar with the corresponding essential task list outlined by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The essential task list can be found in this handbook.

  • Provide students with more advanced veterinary medical skills in clinical pathology, surgery, animal diseases and nutrition.
  • Provide more exposure to a variety of species such as laboratory and exotic animals.
  • Prepare the students to think and act independently.
  • Prepare students for entry into the ever-changing work environment.
  • Upon completion of the second year, students are expected to be familiar with the corresponding essential task list as outlined by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Meet qualifications for taking the national board exam and qualifying for a license as a Certified Veterinary Technician in the State of Illinois.


What costs are associated with this program?


Within this highly mobile program, admitted VET TECH students will be responsible for the following expenses:

  1. Examination fee for Health Occupation Aptitude Examination –Revised ($35.00, prior to admission)
  2. Drug Testing ($35.00) & Background check ($40.00 and up)
  3. Tuition (Currently $94.00 per credit hour at Southeastern Illinois College for in-district students)
  4. College fees and VET TECH Program fees ($200.00/VET TECH Course)
  5. Books
  6. Costs of transportation to SICCM, field and clinical sites for courses, and internship locations
  7. Scrub suits for clinical experiences, lab coat, and boots for large animal classes
  8. Occasional supplies and equipment, including a SICCM scrubs, lab coat, stethoscope, bandage scissors, calculator, and a wrist watch with a second hand
  9. Physical examination
  10. Tests: *TB skin tests and/or possible chest x-rays * Possible Toxoplasmosis titers
  11. Immunizations * Tetanus * Possible Rabies
  12. Demonstration of personal health insurance or Medicaid
  13. Application fee for National ($300.00) and State ($106.30) Certification Examination
  14. Professional organization fees: *Student membership in the North American Veterinary Technician Association ($5.00) *Student membership in the Veterinary Technician Association of Illinois (free)
  15. Voluntary conference fees

Click here for a curriculum guide for our Veterinary Technology Program.


The SICCM Vet Tech Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Graduates of the SICCM Vet Tech Program will qualify to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination administered by Professional Examination Service. This examination will be administered by appointment and after application once eligibility has been established. Successful completion of this exam confers the title of Certified Veterinary Technician.