Rend Lake College's veterinary technology program through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market was accredited by the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities at its April 24-26 meeting in Schaumburg, Ill.
Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market has veterinary technology programs at its member institutions of John A. Logan College, Carterville; Kaskaskia College, Centralia; Shawnee Community College, Ullin; Southeastern Illinois College, Harrisburg; Southern Illinois University-Carbondale; Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; and RLC.
All together, five colleges and SICCM received accreditation. The colleges include Piedmont Technical College, Newberry, S.C.; Brown Mackie College-Louisville, Ky.; Brown Mackie College-Michigan City, Mich.; Carver Career Center and the Community and Technical College at West Virginia University, Charleston; and Pima Medical Institute-Renton, Wash.
All six veterinary technology programs were given provisional accreditation status at the CVTEA meeting. Provisional accreditation is granted to new programs in veterinary technology when students have not completed the entire curriculum or the program has not produced sufficient numbers of graduates to adequately assess outcomes. Programs may remain on provisional accreditation for up to five years. Graduates of a provisionally accredited program are considered graduates of an AVMA-accredited program.
Veterinary Technology is a two-year associate degree program and was made available to RLC students for the first time in the fall of 2007. As a SICCM program, RLC students complete prerequisites at RLC and complete their degree at SIUC facilities with some specialty courses and live animal labs taking place at a SICCM facility in Herrin. Those interested in enrolling in the program must first complete an entrance exam. To schedule an exam, one may contact Gloria Oliver, RLC Career Resource and Assessment Specialist, at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1268. RLC will begin testing in October for fall 2010 entry into the program.
The CVTEA has accredited 160 programs in total. Eighteen of those offer a four-year degree, and nine offer distance-learning opportunities. Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii, Montana, and Rhode Island are the only states, along with the District of Columbia, that do not have AVMA-accredited veterinary technology programs.