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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

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More California Veterinary Technician Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Bakersfield
Associate
17,405
Visalia
Associate
11,697
Sacramento
Associate
12,967
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
Salinas
Associate
9,890
Woodland Hills
Associate
19,526
Modesto
Associate
18,546
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Chula Vista
Associate
813
San Diego
Associate
21,437
Fresno
Associate
675
Santa Rosa
Associate
25,626
Redding
Associate
9,102
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 80 $36,730
Chico 50 $38,130
Fresno 150 $33,200
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1180 $34,150
Salinas 80 $41,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 2620 $40,710
Modesto 170 $30,370
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura 300 $36,760
Redding 80 $32,470
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 580 $41,130
San Diego-Carlsbad N/A $43,130
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 1140 $41,250
Stockton-Lodi 200 $32,430
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 430 $42,260
Vallejo-Fairfield 100 $37,100
Visalia-Porterville 60 $28,460
Yuba City 30 $35,250
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande 50 $38,970
Santa Cruz-Watsonville 120 $44,280
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara 100 $41,650
Santa Rosa 310 $44,170

Sources:

  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/

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