Registered Veterinary Technology (AS Degree S0105)

Natural Sciences Division

The Registered Veterinary Technology Program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. The program is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. This program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers as Registered Veterinary Technicians who will work under the supervision of licensed private organizations including veterinary hospitals, research facilities, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technicians National Exam) leading to licensure as a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Required Courses, 1st year
AGHE 54Veterinary Office Procedures3
AGHE 64Veterinary Pharmacology3
AGHE 79Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care3
AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology 12
AGHE 86Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
ASCI 1Animal Science3
ASCI 2Animal Nutrition3
ASCI 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
ASCI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
Advanced Courses:
AGHE 60Medical Nursing and Animal Care4
AGHE 61Animal Surgical Nursing4
AGHE 62AClinical Pathology3
AGHE 62BClinical Pathology2
AGHE 65Veterinary Radiography2
AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology2
AGHE 84BApplied Animal Health Procedures1
AGHE 85Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology1
Required Electives
Choose three units from the following:3
Exotic Animal Management
Swine Production
Horse Production and Management
Sheep Production
Horse Ranch Management
Horse Hoof Care
Beef Production
Pet Shop Management
Canine Management
Feline Management
Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management
Reptile Management
Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds
Animal Breeding
Total Units49

Registered Veterinary Technology Website

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  • Be able to successfully perform all of the skills on the AVMA Task List.
  • Be able to successfully obtain an entry level position as a veterinary technician.
  • Be able to successfully pass the Veterinary Technician's National Exam (VTNE).

    Review Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for this program.

Looking for guidance? A counselor can help.This Guided Pathways for Success (GPS) is a suggested sequence of coursework needed for program completion. It is not an official educational plan. Schedule an appointment with a counselor or advisor as soon as possible to create an individualized Mountie Academic Plan (MAP) specific to your goals and needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
AGAN 1 3  
AGAN 51 3  
ENGL 1A Freshman Composition 4 4
AA/S SCNCE Area B-1 or B-2 Science Course 3 3-5
See RVT website for application information. See RVT website for application information.  
Recommendation: Area B1: BIOL 1 1  
 Units7-9
Winter Term 1
AGAN 2 3  
AA/S KINES Phys Ed (KIN) Activity Course .5 3
 Units3
Spring Term 1
AGLI 96 3  
AGHE 86 Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals 4 4
AGHE 54 Veterinary Office Procedures 3 3
AA/S ARTS Area C-1 Arts Course 3 3
 Units10
Summer Term 1
AGHE 83A Work Experience in Veterinary Technology 1 1-4
SPCH 1A Public Speaking 4 4
 Units5-8
Fall Term 2
AGHE 79 Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care 3 3
AGHE 64 Veterinary Pharmacology 3 3
AA/S MATH Meet AA/AS Math Comptcy Req 3 5
AA/S USHIS Area D-1 Hist/Pol Sc Course 3 3
 Units14
Winter Term 2
AA/S LIFE Area E Lifelong Undrstg Course 3 3
AA/S HUM Area C-2 Humanities Course 3 3-4
 Units6-7
Spring Term 2
AGHE 60 Medical Nursing and Animal Care 4 4
AGHE 84B Applied Animal Health Procedures 1 1
AGHE 62A Clinical Pathology 3 3
AGHE 83A Work Experience in Veterinary Technology 1 1-4
Completion of AGAN 1, 2, 51, 94 and ALGI 96 6  
Apply for certificate: E0360 Animal Science Fund. 0  
 Units9-12
Summer Term 2
AGHE 85 Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology 1 1
AGHE 83A Work Experience in Veterinary Technology 1 1-4
AA/S BEHAV Area D-2 Elective Course 3 3
 Units5-8
Fall Term 3
AGHE 61 Animal Surgical Nursing 4 4
AGHE 65 Veterinary Radiography 2 2
AGHE 83A Work Experience in Veterinary Technology 1 1-4
AGHE 62B Clinical Pathology 2 2
Regist. Vet. Tech. (RVT), AS S0105 5  
Submit petition to Admissions Records Submit petition to Admissions Records  
 Units9-12
 Total Units68-83
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