Veterinary Technology Program

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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.

Train for a career as a veterinary technician at SJVC.

Students Will Learn
Throughout SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program, students will 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 Outcomes
Students can graduate and earn an Associate of Science degree in approximately 16 months.

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

SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program is available in:

Accreditation & Approvals
CVTEASJVC’s Veterinary Technology program holds provisional 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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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:

San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website:

If a degree in Veterinary Technology sounds like the opportunity you’ve been looking for, please complete SJVC’s Request Information form. An Admissions Advisor will contact you soon to discuss how you can reach your career goals with SJVC.
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