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If you have completed a Veterinary Assistant certificate program at our Fresno campus, and you’re interested in becoming a veterinary technician, SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program at the Fresno campus may be what you’re looking for!

At a Glance

  • Designed for students who have already completed a Veterinary Assistant program

  • Graduate with an Associate of Science degree in as few as nine months

  • Conveniently available at our Fresno campus

  • Affordable tuition varies, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Our training covers advanced animal patient care including anatomy and physiology, animal nursing, exotic and large animal skills, pharmacology, surgical assisting and laboratory procedures.

Students receive hands-on training under the direct supervision of a Registered Veterinary Technician or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Externship rotations include various animal care environments to give students real-world experience.

Career Opportunities

Veterinary technician is a fast-growing career: The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the national job outlook for veterinary technologists and technicians is projected to grow 19% from 2018 to 2028, faster than the 5% average expected growth rate for all occupations¹. As more people become pet owners and also spend more on their animals’ health, the demand for vet techs will continue to grow.

If you are considering taking your veterinary training to the next level with a Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program consider this: According to May 2018 BLS data, veterinary technologists and technicians in Fresno earned an annual mean wage of $34,080, compared to $29,890 for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers  in Fresno². That’s a pay difference of about 14%!

Program Outcomes

To graduate from the Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program, students must complete all coursework and earn a grade of “C” or higher in all core program courses.

Graduates earn an Associate of Science degree and are immediately eligible to work as a veterinary assistant. Students are eligible, through successful completion of the course work, to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) after graduation. Upon successful completion of the VTNE, graduates are eligible to obtain state licensure and work as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). For more information, please visit  SJVC prepares students to take appropriate certification and licensure exams related to their individual majors. The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Click to view SJVC’s Fresno VTNE Pass Rates.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is the most important investment you can make in your future. There is a financial plan available for everyone, including a broad range of financial assistance options. Visit SJVC’s Net Price Calculator to get personalized information on college costs and financial aid. Check out SJVC’s Academic Catalog to learn about program costs by campus and credential level. You also can talk to an Admissions Representative to discuss the costs of your chosen program, and schedule an appointment with an experienced financial aid officer.  Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Accreditation & Approvals

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 (as amended) and Title 5, Division 7.5, – Private Postsecondary Education of the California Code of Regulations. As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888) 370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the Bureau’s internet website (

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Sources and Disclaimers

¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at (visited January 09, 2020).  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.