This is a Career Education Program. According to the California Department of Education, Career Education is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers
Additional certification and/or credentialing may be required to obtain employment in the field.
The Veterinary Technology Program program prepares students for careers in the veterinary
medical arena. The program is approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs
and the Veterinary Medical Board. Graduates may become Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) upon passing the Veterinary
Technician National Exam offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards
VTNE Pass Rates
Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete a clinically-based work experience course held in animal health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting, as a condition of placement at the clinic.
Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the animal health care facility, may prevent placement at a work experience site and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program.
Animal health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility’s standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.
The goal of the Veterinary Technology Program program is to train students to:
- Properly and safely restrain the various species commonly seen in veterinary medicine.
- Properly and accurately perform a thorough physical exam on the various species seen in veterinary medicine.
- Properly record the results of a physical exam using medical terminology.
- Properly and accurately collect, analyze, and interpret blood, urine, and fecal samples from small animals, exotics, pocket pets, avians and large animals.
- Produce a series of diagnostic radiographs in common domestic species.
- Induce anesthesia, monitor the patient during the procedure, and then recover the animal completely from the anesthetic and surgical event.
Career options for graduates of the Animal Health Technology program include employment in private veterinary facilities, bio-medical research institutions, regulatory agencies, zoological parks, pharmaceutical companies, and the animal nutrition industry.