Welcome to the Vet Tech Institute at Fox College in Chicago
We are happy you found us. Here is a quick snapshot of who we are:
Where: Tinley Park, IL (Southwest part of Chicagoland)
What: Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology
How Long: 18 months start to finish
Accreditation: American Veterinary Medical Association CVTEA
Facilities: Kennels, surgical suite and prep area, clinical labs, radiography room, and more!
Nearby: Public transportation, free parking, and recreation
When: Starting 3 times per year
Who: Faculty, staff, and (maybe) you!
We'd love to show you what we have to offer. Schedule your visit to see things first hand!
All of our students and faculty share a passion for animals. It's that unique blend of shared passion and shared goals that create a family like atmosphere and creates the strong bonds of friendship. When you visit us you can see this connection in action.
We are proud of our experienced faculty. Our faculty members include:
Eric Bergsten, DVM, Program Director, graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine with High Honors and has more than 30 years of college teaching experience. He also has experience as a clinician in private practice, as an emergency relief veterinarian, as a member of the Illinois Veterinary Emergency Response Team, and as a volunteer veterinarian in Africa, South America, and Australia. Now, he especially enjoys teaching courses in Clinical Medicine, Anesthesia, and Large Animal Medicine. Dr. Bergsten enjoys spending free time with his wife, working as a community volunteer, and winning cooking competitions with his two adult children when they’re home for the holidays.
Christine Bernstein, DVM, earned both Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. As a member of the Hinsdale Humane Society board, she helped the Humane Society establish testing and treatment protocols for the animals in their care. Her professional interests include pharmacology, radiography, surgery, clinical medicine, and alternative medicine. In her personal life, Dr. Bernstein enjoys writing, hiking, and her Irish wolfhounds.
Katherine Burdick, CVT, has worked as a senior technician and lab supervisor outside of Louisville, KY and then in a variety of large, corporate-run hospitals and small, privately-owned clinics in Chicago. A graduate of Murray State University with a B.S. in Animal Health Technology, she now teaches Clinical Medicine, Anatomy and Physiology, Surgical Nursing, and Large Animal Theory courses. In her spare time she enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her friends and family. She currently lives in the southwest suburbs of Chicago with her fiancée, black long-haired cat, Moxxi, and brown fancy mouse, Bob.
Kate Ostrowski, CVT, has experience with a variety of species, from cats and dogs to Illinois wildlife, sea turtles, and dolphins. Mrs. Ostrowski has worked in general practice as a senior technician, participated in the startup of a clinic, been a CVT at Willowbrook Wildlife Center, and served as a veterinary care volunteer in third world countries. Having earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University and an associate degree in Veterinary Technology from Joliet Junior College, she currently teaches Clinical Medicine, Anatomy and Physiology, and Hematology. When not teaching, Mrs. Ostrowski enjoys relief CVT work, traveling overseas, spending time outside, and spending time at home with Barney, her foxhound, and Tuna, her domestic shorthair cat.
Libby Payne, CVT, brings hands-on experience to Vet Tech Institute, having worked in emergency medicine (ER/ICU) as well as with Oncology, Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Surgery specialists. A graduate of VTI, Ms. Payne returned to share her knowledge and love of animals with our future CVTs, first as a lab assistant and now as a full-time instructor. At home, she cares for two dogs (Sadie, a 9 year old Beagle/Jack Russel Terrier mix, and Pam, a 5 year old Beagle/Boxer mix) and one cat (Teddy, a 2 year old Flamepoint Siamese with special needs, whom she adopted as a stray at only 3 weeks old).
Sarah Peterson, CVT, is our Kennel Manager, supervising and leading the students in the care of the onsite animals, while also serving as the chairperson for our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, which ensures that all USDA standards are being met. She teaches our Large Animal course and is an advisor to our Vet Tech Club and Animal Adoption Committee. A Vet Tech Institute graduate, Sarah has worked in rescue medicine, as well as supervising the kennel of a large dog boarding and training facility. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys showing her quarter horse, Diablo, and spending time with her four dogs, including Elton, a beagle who “graduated” with her from VTI.
Beth Stark, CVT, is our Externship Coordinator, specializes in teaching Clinical Laboratory courses, and serves as the faculty sponsor for the Vet Tech Student Mentor Program. A graduate of Vet Tech Institute, Mrs. Stark has certification in animal behavior and has owned her own dog training business. She loves to teach, and students feel her passion, knowledge, and experience in the veterinary medicine field.
Miranda C. Woodhouse, CVT, came to Vet Tech Institute after sixteen years in a busy, high volume general practice, including eight years as the Practice Manager. A graduate of Joliet Junior College’s veterinary technician program, Ms. Woodhouse has had a longtime passion for animals, cars, and books. After school, she shares her life with two adult children and a menagerie of dogs, cats, birds, fish and reptiles.
Martha Wray, CVT, brings experience in emergency, surgery, cardiology, internal medicine, and critical care to Vet Tech Institute, her alma mater. She also has a strong interest in aquatic veterinary medicine and volunteered at the Shedd Aquarium for 2 years. Martha usually teaches Animal Technology, Clinical Laboratory, and Terminology courses. At home, Martha enjoys spending time with her husband and their cat and two dogs; the cat and one dog were special needs animals she adopted from Vet Tech Institute.
The Vet Tech Institute at Fox College works closely with distance students to help them find roommates and affordable housing options. Some options are close enough that you can walk to school, some require a short drive.
Typical housing features include:
- Apartment style living
- Each student has their own bedroom
- Option to be paired with roommate
- Some locations have swimming pools and fitness rooms
- On-site laundry facilities
- Relatively close to school
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
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Animal Care Duty
Vet Tech Institute at Fox College maintains an on-site kennel housing dogs, cats, and rodents. An important part of education provided by the Veterinary Technology program is learning hands-on the duties and responsibilities of animal care and sanitation. Therefore, all veterinary technology students are assigned to participate in kennel duty shifts before and after classes and on weekends. The number of assigned weeks depends on the number of students.
The school catalog contains specific information about school policies. You can find information on admissions policies and practices, contact information for accrediting and state licensing agencies, information on tuition and fees, refund policies and other consumer information.
Our Veterinary Technology Program is currently accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The address and telephone number of the American Veterinary Medical Association are 1931 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, (847) 925-8070.
Fox College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate's degrees and diplomas. The address and telephone number of the Higher Learning Commission are 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504, (800) 621-7440. The Higher Learning Commission is listed as a regional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. You can verify our status by going to www.foxcollege.edu. Go to the footer on the page and you can click the box that says "Higher Learning Commission" to see the details of our institutional accreditation.