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I always knew I wanted to have some part in helping animals, I just didn’t quite know what my options were until I spoke with my guidance counselor in high school. This was the first time I had ever heard of Veterinary Technology, and was so excited to learn more.

After deciding that becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician was what I wanted to pursue, I had to decide on a school. I had to find an accredited school recognized by the AVMA that had a good reputation for veterinary technology. There weren’t many to choose from, but one in particular seemed to stick out... Parkland College.

Parkland takes 36 students into the program each year, is rated number one in the nation for its Veterinary Technician program and has a 100% pass rate on the National Boards Exam. It is also located near the University of Illinois, where veterinary technician students have four-hour rotations with the veterinary students. During rotations we worked with patients in the veterinary hospital ranging from horses and cows to cats and dogs with the occasional cheetah from the nearby zoo. The program at Parkland can be completed in just two years, and then a national/state test is required to receive your license.

The easiest way to describe a Veterinary Technician is to compare them to being a nurse for animals. Some of the many skills we are trained for include: taking blood samples, checking for intestinal parasites and analyzing urinalysis, taking x-rays, placing urinary and intravenous catheters, restraining various kinds of animals, performing dental cleanings, and monitoring animals while under anesthesia/during surgery.

The road to becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician isn’t exactly a walk in the park, but it’s more than worth it in the end. People love their pets and they also love the people who work so hard to keep them alive and healthy. Veterinary Technicians play a huge role in every practice, and are essential in caring for the beloved pets that walk through the hospital doors every day.

Melanie Rosenbrock, CVT is a veterinary technician at Illiana Veterinary Hospital. Her love for every kind of animal sparked her interest in the veterinary field prompting her to attend Parkland College's Veterinary Technician program.