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Degrees, Certificates, &Transfer Programs

Biological and Health Sciences Division   (650) 949-7538

Veterinary Technology 2012-2013

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The Veterinary Technology program is a demanding and academically challenging two-year, fully American Veterinary Medical Association 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:

• 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.
• 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

Units required for Certificate: 13

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 57, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• All Foothill General Education requirements (30 Units)
• Core courses (92 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 must be taken in sequence and completed with a grade of 'C' or better. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the degree or certificate.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].

Additional Information:

• Completion of V T 51 with a grade of 'C' or better (must be completed prior to or in progress at the time of application for admission to the program).
• High school diploma 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
• 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 admission, attending clinics, completing the program requirements, or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of the required screenings and testing will be paid by the student. Be advised that any conviction or plea of no contest to any misdemeanor or felony regardless of the age of the conviction may affect future licensing eligibility.

The Veterinary Technology Program is a two-year program requiring an application for admission. Evaluation of applicants and selection of students for admission is done using a competitive, point-based application process. A small percentage of each class is chosen by Lottery.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• Applicants will be notified of the final status of their application by mail by Mid-July.
• Students must meet and sign the program Technical Standards that are found on-line with the program application.

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

Core Courses (92 units)


AHS 50 Introduction to Allied Health Programs (1 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 I (1 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 II (1 unit)
CHEM 30A Survey of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry (5 units)

V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (.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 III (1 unit)
V T 86 Laboratory Animal Technology (4 units)
V T 89 Clinical Internship I (3 units)

BIOL 41 Microbiology (6 units)
V T 75D Animal Care Skills IV (1 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 I (1 unit)
V T 91 Clinical Internship II (3 units)

V T 61 Animal Diseases (5 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 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (.5 unit)
V T 72 Principles of Veterinary Dentistry (2 units)
V T 85 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (4 units)
V T 87C Advanced Animal Care Skills III (1 unit)
V T 93 Clinical Internship IV (4 units)
V T 95 Veterinary Technician Proficiency (2 units)
V T 95L Veterinary Technician Proficiency Laboratory (1 unit)

Online Veterinary Assisting Career Certificate (13 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

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)

Control Information:
2012-2013 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2012-04-25 13:12:56 | Dept Code: V T