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 department offers a comprehensive agricultural sciences program and is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. Students who intend to transfer should check the lower division requirements in the catalog of the college or university which they plan to attend and also the semester and year in which courses are offered.

These programs are intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with the Program Director, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

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 vivariums, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements of this program are eligible to take the appropriate licensing exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Students wishing to be admitted into the second-year courses will need to meet with the Program Director one semester prior to fill out application and to make sure all program requirements have been met.

Required Courses

Course Prefix Course Name Units
Required Courses, 1st year
AGAN 1Animal Science3
AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
AGAN 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
AGHE 54Veterinary Office Procedures3
AGHE 64Veterinary Pharmacology3
AGHE 79Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care3
AGHE 86Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
Required Courses, 2nd year
AGHE 60Medical Nursing and Animal Care4
AGHE 61Animal Surgical Nursing4
AGHE 62AClinical Pathology3
AGHE 62BClinical Pathology2
AGHE 65Veterinary Radiography2
AGHE 84BApplied Animal Health Procedures1
AGHE 85Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology1
AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology 14
Required Electives
Choose six units from the following:6
Animal Breeding
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
Total Units52

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Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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.
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