Veterinary Technology     (2010-2011)

The Foothill College Veterinary Technology program is a demanding and academically challenging two-year, fully AVMA accredited course of training preparing the student for employment as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Graduates receive an Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology and are then eligible to sit for the California State Registered Veterinary Technician Licensing Examination and the Veterinary Technician National Examination. The program is not intended to be a pre-veterinary medicine or veterinary medicine curriculum. General program information, frequently asked questions, admission criteria, and the application for admission can be found at the Veterinary Technology Program website: Information about the Online Veterinary Assisting Program can be found at the Veterinary Assisting Program website:

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology Program the students will demonstrate competency in the necessary knowledge, skills, and values required for the practice of veterinary technology in a wide scope of practice settings.
  2. Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology Program graduates will demonstrate entry-level clinical skills competency in accordance with accreditation requirements.
Career Opportunities
The demand for Registered Veterinary Technicians is high nationwide. A recent survey by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities shows the number of positions advertised is about 8-10 times the number of qualified applicants. Graduates can find employment in many sectors including small and large private animal practice, clinical laboratories, education, government, research, and the biomedical industry. Starting salaries for a new graduate technician range from $15.00-$18.00/hr. An Registered Veterinary Technician with 3-5 years of experience generally earns $18.00- $25.00/hr. Highly skilled and licensed technicians with management ability or those employed in the biomedical industry or as educators commonly earn in excess of $25.00/hr. Benefits vary widely, with larger veterinary practices and corporations providing the most attractive packages.
Units required for Major: 92.5
Units required for Certificate: 13

Associate Degree Requirements:
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
• All General Education requirements
• All Required Major Courses (93.0 Units)
• A valid Adult CPR certificate is required at time of graduation.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken in sequence for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificates.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CCC = Career Certificate.
• Completion of V T 51 with a grade of 'C' or better (must be completed prior to or be in progress at the time of application for admission to the Program).
• High School graduation or a valid G.E.D. with a G.P.A of 2.5 or higher.
• High School Algebra or MATH 220 or placement into MATH 105 on Foothill Math Placement Test.
• High School General Biology or BIOL 10.
• High School General Chemistry (recommended).
• Eligibility for ESLL 26 or ENGL 1A.

NOTE: Background screening and drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student’s chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of the required screenings and test will be paid by the student.

The Veterinary Technology Program is a two-year open enrollment program requiring an application for admission.
1. All minimum prerequisites (above) must be completed prior to application for admission into the program. If courses are "in progress" at the time of application, verification of satisfactory completion of those courses will be required before a final acceptance is granted.
2. Applications are available online at: and from the Biological & Health Sciences Division office. The completed application must be submitted along with all supporting documents by the deadline for the program starting the following September. See website for most current information and deadline Information.
3. General application to or enrollment at Foothill College does not imply acceptance into the Veterinary Technology Program. Registration for program courses is not allowed until after the applicant has been notified in writing of official acceptance into the VT program.
4. Applicants will be notified of the final status of their application by mail by Mid-July.
5. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the maximum capacity of the program, selection will be based on a Lottery Process.
6. Students must meet and sign the program Technical Standards that are found on-line with the program application.

• Anatomy and Physiology studied in a language other than English or Human Anatomy and Physiology will not be considered.
• Full-time enrollment is required.
• The student is strongly advised to complete all of the General Education Requirements before attempting the program to avoid excessive course load.
• Practicing Unregistered Assistants may be eligible for selected courses. All courses may be used as "Approved Continuing Education" and may be used to fulfill the requirements for the "Alternate Route" to CA State Board Exam eligibility.
• Questions regarding this program or help in schedule planning should be directed to the V T counselor, Brenda Johnson, or Kathy DePaolo, RVT; or Dr. Karl Peter, Program Director, .

Core Courses: (92.5 units)
Fall Quarter:
(11.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53A Medical Terminology (1 Unit)
V T 54A Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 units)
V T 55 Animal Management & Clinical Skills I (4 Units)
V T 75A Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)

Winter Quarter: (13.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53B Medical Calculations (1 Unit)
V T 60 Veterinary Office Practice (2 Units)
V T 56 Animal Management & Clinical Skills II (4 Units)
V T 75B Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)
CHEM 30A Survey of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry (5 Units)

Spring Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53C Introduction to Large Animal Care (1 Unit)
V T 54B Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 Units)
V T 75C Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)
V T 86 Laboratory Animal Technology (4 Units)
V T 89 Clinical Internship (3 Units)

Summer Quarter: (6.5 units)
BIOL 41 Microbiology (6 Units)
V T 75D Animal Care (.5 Unit)

Fall Quarter:
(17.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 70 Fundamentals of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (4 Units)
V T 81 Clinical Pathology Methods (5 Units)
V T 83 Pharmacology for Technicians (4 Units)
V T 87A Advanced Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)
V T 91 Clinical Internship (3 Units)

Winter Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 61 Animal Diseases (5 Units)
V T 84 Anesthesiology for Technicians (5 Units)
V T 87B Advanced Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)
V T 92 Clinical Internship (3 Units)

Spring Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 72 Principles of Veterinary Dentistry (2 Units)
V T 85 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (4 Units)
V T 87B Advanced Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)
V T 93 Clinical Internship (4 Units)
V T 95 Veterinary Technician Proficiency (2 Units)
V T 95L Veterinary Technician Proficiency Laboratory (1 Unit)

* All courses must be taken in sequence and completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

General Certificate information
Entry-level education and training for those interested in starting a career in animal care and veterinary assisting. Stepping-stone into the AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Program for those interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).
Online Veterinary Assisting Career Certificate (13 units)
Transcriptable: No

Certificate Requirements
V T 52A Veterinary Assisting I (5 Units)
V T 52B Veterinary Assisting II (5 Units)
V T 88A Clinical Preceptorship I (1.5 Units)
V T 88B Clinical Preceptorship II (1.5 Units)

Academic Year: 2010-2011

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2010-04-13 08:19:40

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