Registered Veterinary Technology, AS
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.
|Course Prefix||Course Name||Units|
|Required Courses, 1st year|
|AGAN 1||Animal Science||3|
|AGAN 2||Animal Nutrition||3|
|AGAN 51||Animal Handling and Restraint||3|
|AGHE 54||Veterinary Office Procedures||3|
|AGHE 64||Veterinary Pharmacology||3|
|AGHE 79||Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care||3|
|AGHE 86||Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals||4|
|AGLI 96||Animal Sanitation and Disease Control||3|
|Required Courses, 2nd year|
|AGHE 60||Medical Nursing and Animal Care||4|
|AGHE 61||Animal Surgical Nursing||4|
|AGHE 62A||Clinical Pathology||3|
|AGHE 62B||Clinical Pathology||2|
|AGHE 65||Veterinary Radiography||2|
|AGHE 84B||Applied Animal Health Procedures||1|
|AGHE 85||Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology||1|
|AGHE 83A||Work Experience in Veterinary Technology 1||4|
|Choose six units from the following:||6|
|Exotic Animal Management|
|Horse Production and Management|
|Horse Ranch Management|
|Horse Hoof Care|
|Pet Shop Management|
|Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management|
|Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds|
Complete four units of AGHE 83A.
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.