Veterinary Technology

SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program helps you gain the skills you need to help animals when they need it most. This in-depth training covers all areas of animal patient care, from lab tests to radiology procedures and surgical assisting. Curriculum also focuses on communication skills involving pet owner education and counseling for the care of sick animals.

Veterinary Technology Program Details

Skills Students Learn

Students in our Veterinary Technology program learn:

  • Animal nursing fundamentals
  • Veterinary office practices
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Laboratory procedures

Training also includes extensive externship rotations in various animal care environments in California, giving students hands-on medical experience.

Program Course Examples

Courses* taken by our Veterinary Technology students include:

Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals
Students will learn biological foundations and scrutinize the comparative anatomy and physiology of selected species of animals. Through lecture and lab demonstrations, emphasis will be placed on the variations in each species. Professional veterinary terminology will be introduced and organ systems and disease will be explored through a dissection project. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Fundamentals of Animal Nursing
Students will learn the role of the veterinary technician and assistant in various occupational settings. They will discuss the legal and ethical responsibilities, as well as the communication skills needed for an office setting. Identification, behavior, care, and husbandry of domestic species will be studied using proper medical terminology. Students will begin to perform safe animal capture, handling, and restraint techniques as well as essential veterinary nursing skills. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

Companion Animal Nursing
This course focuses on infectious and non-infectious diseases of small animals. Students will identify the basic principles of disease transmission, pathology, and prevention. They will distinguish the common disorders of organ systems, and evaluate methods for their prevention and treatment. Students will discuss therapeutic nutrition options and the specialized care and hand-rearing of orphaned domestic small animals. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.

*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.

Program Outcomes

Students can earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 16 months.

Program Availability

SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program is available at:

*The Bakersfield Veterinary Technology program is not accredited by the AVMA. Graduates of the Bakersfield Vet Tech program can apply for licensure by meeting all of the Veterinary Medical Board requirements, such as completing 4,416 hours of practical experience under the direct supervision of a California licensed veterinarian. The candidate must also submit all SJVC course outlines to the Veterinary Medical Board. For additional details, visit

**The Fresno Veterinary Technology program holds initial accreditation by the AVMA, qualifying students to sit for the Registered Veterinary Technician (RTV) exam for state licensure immediately upon graduation. Learn more in the Accreditation and Approvals section.

Career Opportunities

Veterinary assistants are qualified to provide support to a veterinarian in the treatment of animals. Graduates are also qualified to work in animal shelters, zoos and research facilities.

On the job, Veterinary Assistants can expect to perform the following duties:

  • Monitor animals under anesthesia
  • Perform radiology procedures
  • Assist in surgical procedures
  • Bathe, comfort & feed sick animals
  • Perform laboratory tests

Accreditation and Approvals

SJVC Fresno’s Veterinary Technology program holds initial accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), qualifying students to sit for the Registered Veterinary Technician (RTV) exam for state licensure immediately upon graduation. Refer to the state board website for more information.

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Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at

State Approvals

SJVC is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution by the California Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Approval to operate means that SJVC has been found in compliance with the standards set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (California Education Code, Title 3, Division 10, Part 59, Chapter 8) and Title 5, Division 7.5 – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations.

Any questions that a student may have regarding the college catalog and/or catalog supplement that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at:

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818

Physical Address
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833

Telephone Numbers
Toll free (888) 370-7589
(916) 431-6959

Fax Number
(916) 263-1897


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