California Veterinary Technician Schools and Training Programs

Career Information for Vet Techs in California

Veterinary technicians assist veterinarians in a variety of animal care facilities. Their job responsibilities typically include assistance with dental care, examinations, surgical procedures, and the administration of anesthesia. Vet techs may also need to interact with pet owners, and perform laboratory or administrative functions.

California Veterinary Technician Schools

Several schools in California offer veterinary technician training programs for students interested in pursuing a degree in the field. Here are five schools with vet tech programs:

  • Yuba College: The two-year vet tech program at Yuba College culminates in an Associate in Science (AS) degree. The program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete both the California state RVT exam and the AVMA's National Veterinary Technician exam.
  • Foothill College: The Foothill College vet tech program is the only AVMA-accredited program in the Bay Area. It grants graduates an AS degree and prepares them for state and national licensing exams.
  • San Joaquin Valley College: The SJVC program in Fresno helps prepare students to sit for state certification exams. The SJVC vet tech program in Bakersfield requires that students complete a program of supervised field practice to be eligible for certification. Both programs culminate in AS degrees.
  • Consumnes River College: The CRC program in veterinary technology is AVMA-accredited and prepares students to sit for the state and national certification exams.
  • Carrington College: The Carrington College vet tech programs in Citrus Heights, Pleasant Hill, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro, and Stockton are accredited and make graduates eligible to take state and national certification exams.

What to Expect from California Veterinary Technician Programs

The goal of most veterinary technician programs is to prepare students to work in veterinary practices, hospitals, clinics, zoos, farms, biomedical research facilities, or university laboratories. The programs typically provide students with training in laboratory techniques, surgical procedures, and general animal care. They may also offer opportunities for hands-on field experience through externships or clinical work in veterinary clinics or hospitals.

While enrolled in a vet tech program, students can expect to learn about:

  • Animal anatomy
  • Surgical procedures
  • Examination procedures
  • Medication requirements
  • Client interaction
  • Administrative procedures

Veterinary technician programs usually require two years of class work and field experience. To prepare for a vet tech program, students typically need to have taken introductory college-level courses in biology and chemistry.

California Veterinary Technician Licensing and Certification

To work as a veterinary technician in California, techs must be certified as a Registered Veterinary Technician by the state. A tech can be RVT certified by completing an accredited vet tech program and taking a board-approved state vet tech exam. Alternatively, techs may be certified in California if they hold an approved certification from another state.

Graduates of AVMA-accredited veterinary technician programs can choose to become certified by taking and passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination.

Resources for Veterinary Technicians in California


  1. Veterinary Technology, Yuba College, http://vettech.yccd.edu/
  2. Veterinary Technology, Foothill College, http://www.foothill.fhda.edu/bio/programs/vettech/
  3. Veterinary Technology, San Joaquin Valley College, http://www.sjvc.edu/programs/medical-and-dental/veterinary-technology
  4. Veterinary Technology, Consumnes River College, http://crc.losrios.edu/areas/ct/vt
  5. Veterinary Technology, Carrington College, http://carrington.edu/degrees/veterinary-technician/

Schools for Vet Techs in California are listed below.

Selected Veterinary Technician Schools in California

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More California Veterinary Technician Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Bakersfield College Bakersfield Associate 17,405
College of the Sequoias Visalia Associate 11,697
Cosumnes River College Sacramento Associate 12,967
Foothill College Los Altos Hills Associate 18,132
Hartnell College Salinas Associate 9,890
Los Angeles Pierce College Woodland Hills Associate 19,526
Modesto Junior College Modesto Associate 18,546
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Pima Medical Institute Chula Vista Chula Vista Associate 813
San Diego Mesa College San Diego Associate 21,437
San Joaquin Valley College-Fresno Fresno Associate 675
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626
Shasta College Redding Associate 9,102
Yuba College Marysville Associate 9,904

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Vet Techs

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Vet Techs

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Vet Techs relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bakersfield 110 $29530 0.55
Fresno 0 $19980 0
Chico 60 $37420 1.29
Oxnard 310 $34290 1.49
Thousand Oaks 310 $34290 1.49
Ventura 310 $34290 1.49
Redding 80 $29980 1.86
Riverside 580 $35970 0.64
San Bernardino 580 $35970 0.64
Ontario 580 $35970 0.64
Sacramento 1170 $30150 1.93
Roseville 1170 $30150 1.93
Arden 1170 $30150 1.93
Arcade 1170 $30150 1.93
Salinas 90 $39570 0.82
San Diego 830 $44140 0.89
Carlsbad 830 $44140 0.89
Los Angeles 2520 $36720 0.64
Long Beach 2520 $36720 0.64
Anaheim 2520 $36720 0.64
Santa Cruz 120 $37220 1.96
Watsonville 120 $37220 1.96
Santa Maria 90 $40590 0.71
Santa Barbara 90 $40590 0.71
Santa Rosa 0 $44840 0
San Francisco 1630 $41270 1.08
Oakland 1630 $41270 1.08
Hayward 1630 $41270 1.08
Stockton 210 $28280 1.38
Lodi 210 $28280 1.38
San Jose 330 $41830 0.47
Sunnyvale 330 $41830 0.47
Santa Clara 330 $41830 0.47
Vallejo 140 $34000 1.55
Fairfield 140 $34000 1.55
Visalia 50 $28730 0.47
Porterville 50 $28730 0.47
Yuba City 40 $37520 1.47
San Luis Obispo 0 $32710 0
Paso Robles 0 $32710 0
Arroyo Grande 0 $32710 0
Modesto 110 $31070 0.91
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