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Prepare for your career as a Vet Tech by earning your Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology at SJVC. In as few as 19 months, you can earn your associate degree and be immediately eligible to work as a Veterinary Assistant. You will also then qualify to take the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

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At a Glance

  • Complete your Associate of Science degree in Veterinary Technology in as few as 19 months

  • Conveniently available at our Fresno and Ontario locations

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now

About the Program

What Will I Learn

Program Student Learning Outcomes Fresno Location:
Upon completion of this program, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Calculate dosages, prepare, and dispense medications in compliance with a veterinarian’s orders
  2. Implement anesthetic plans to facilitate diagnostic, therapeutic, or surgical procedures
  3. Perform pre-, peri-, and post-operative management of surgical patients
  4. Perform dental procedures, including a Complete Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT)
  5. Perform laboratory tests/procedures and understand the results
  6. Apply the concepts of animal care and nursing
  7. Produce diagnostic images and/or radiographs following protocols for quality and operator/patient safety
  8. Evaluate a patient requiring urgent or emergency care
  9. Relate and apply concepts of communication, reasoning, critical analysis, ethical behavior, and appropriate interpersonal interaction to situations in his or her career and personal life
  10. Demonstrate the social skills, professional appearance, attitudes, and behavior that employers expect of all SJVC graduates

Program Student Learning Outcomes Ontario Location:
Upon completion of this program, the successful student will be able to:

  1. Perform a variety of administrative, clinical, nursing, and surgical assisting procedures in a veterinary medical setting
  2. Demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and professionalism

Students receive hands-on training and participate in an externship. Externship rotations include various animal care environments to give students real-world experience.

Career Opportunities

Graduates earn an Associate of Science degree and are immediately eligible to work as a Veterinary Assistant. This program holds full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), qualifying students to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) after graduation.1 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

1. 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.

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’sAcademic 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.

Program Availability

The Veterinary Technology program is available at the following campuses

Accreditation & Approvals

Program Accreditation

The Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology holds full accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Institutional Accreditation

San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, (510)748-9001.

The WSCUC is an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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 (
View additional State Approvals for SJVC.

Read Our Career Guide On Veterinary Technology

Does your love of animals run deep? If you can envision a life of helping animals, a career as a veterinary technician (or vet tech) may be the right choice for you.

Veterinary Technology FAQ

How do you become a veterinary technician?

While requirements may vary by state, you can earn an associate degree in veterinary technology to become a veterinary technician. Some states, like California, require vet techs to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

How long does it take to become a veterinary technician?

According to the BLS, veterinary technician’s typically have an associate degree, which can take about 2 years to complete.2 Length of time to complete a program will vary based on course load, costs and availability. SJVC’s Veterinary Technology program can be completed in as few as 19 months. 

What degree do you need to be a veterinary technician?

Veterinary technicians usually have an associate degree from a Veterinary Technology program.2 

How much is vet tech school?

Cost for Veterinary Technology programs will vary depending on institution and location. For detailed information about Veterinary Technology program costs as SJVC, check the College Catalog

What is the difference between a vet tech and a vet assistant?

While both vet techs and vet assistants help maintain veterinary practices and work with animals, they have different requirements and responsibilities. Vet assistants perform kennel work, aid in the handling of animals, walk or feed animals, and carry out clerical duties. Vet techs perform those tasks as well as the induction of anesthesia, suturing existing skin wounds, and extracting teeth. Vet techs typically have an associate degree in Veterinary Technology, while vet assistants can enter the workforce with a certificate from a Veterinary Assisting program which may take less time to complete. 

What does a vet tech do?

Veterinary technicians work with animals under the supervision of a veterinarian. Their job duties may include:3

  • Observing the behavior and condition of animals
  • Providing nursing care or emergency first aid to recovering or injured animals
  • Bathing animals, clipping nails or claws, and brushing or cutting animals’ hair
  • Restraining animals during exams or procedures
  • Administering anesthesia to animals and monitor their responses
  • Taking x rays and collecting and performing laboratory tests, such as urinalyses and blood counts
  • Preparing animals and instruments for surgery
  • Administering medications, vaccines, and treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Collecting and recording animals’ case histories

In addition, it is typical for a vet tech to talk with pet owners and explain their pet’s condition or how to administer any treatment or medication prescribed by a veterinarian.

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