The demand for Registered Veterinary Technicians is high nationwide. A 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. A 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.
The veterinary assisting courses are separate from the veterinary technology program classes. Veterinary assisting offers entry-level courses for those students interested in starting a career in the veterinary field and for those students who are currently working in the field that want to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The Veterinary Assisting classes are offered online along with an preceptorship component. Students are expected to find their own preceptorship locations.
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108, 57 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (94 units)
• A valid Adult CPR certificate is required at time of graduation.
*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken in sequence and 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. There is a six year recency requirement for all prerequisite and program courses.
Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria and application to the program can be found on the Veterinary Technology Program website: www.foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech
• 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).
• MATH 105 or higher on Foothill Math Placement Test.
• BIOL 10 or equivalent.
• One of the following: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26.
• Full-time enrollment is required.
• The student is strongly advised to complete all of the General Education Requirements and required science courses before applying to the program to avoid excessive course load in the program.
• There is a six-year recency requirement for BIOL 41 and CHEM 30A (or their equivalents at other schools) and they must completed with a GPA of 2.5.
AHS 50A Introduction To Allied Health Programs (1.5 units)
V T 50A Current Topics in Veterinary Technology I (1 unit)
V T 53A Medical Terminology (2 units)
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)
V T 50B Current Topics in Veterinary Technology II (1 unit)
V T 53B Medical Calculations (2 units)
V T 54B Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 units)
V T 60 Veterinary Office Practice (2 units)
V T 56 Animal Management & Clinical Skills II (4 units)
V T 75B Animal Care Skills II (1 unit)
V T 50C Current Topics in Veterinary Technology III (1 unit)
V T 53C Introduction to Large Animal Care (2 units)
V T 75C Animal Care Skills III (1 unit)
V T 81 Clinical Pathology Methods (5 units)
V T 86 Laboratory Animal Technology (4 units)
V T 89 Clinical Internship I (3 units)
V T 50D Current Topics in Veterinary Technology IV (1 unit)
V T 70 Fundamentals of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (4 units)
V T 83 Pharmacology for Technicians (4 units)
V T 87A Advanced Animal Care Skills I (1 unit)
V T 91 Clinical Internship II (3 units)
V T 50E Current Topics in Veterinary Technology V (1 unit)
V T 61 Animal Diseases (6 units)
V T 84 Anesthesiology for Technicians (5 units)
V T 87B Advanced Animal Care Skills II (1 unit)
V T 92 Clinical Internship III (3 units)
V T 50F Current Topics in Veterinary Technology VI (1 unit)
V T 72 Principles of Veterinary Dentistry (2.5 units)
V T 85 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (4 units)
V T 93 Clinical Internship IV (3 units)
V T 95 Veterinary Technician Proficiency (2 units)
V T 66 Exotic Animal Care (2 units)
NOTE: All courses must be taken in sequence and completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
V T 52A Veterinary Assisting I (5 Units)
V T 52B Veterinary Assisting II (5 Units)
V T 88A Clinical Preceptorship I (2.5 Units)
NOTE: Student must have a high school diploma or a valid G.E.D. certificate and be able to read and write proficiently in English and perform mathematical computations at the High School graduate level.