Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge

Train to Become a Veterinary Technician

If you have completed a veterinary assisting certificate program 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! Our program is designed for students who have completed a veterinary assisting certificate program (or sufficient equivalent coursework) and would like to continue their education and graduate with an Associate of Science degree. 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. Plus, you can receive all of this training in as few as 9 months!

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Veterinary Technician Career Outlook

Veterinary technician is a fast-growing career: The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the national job outlook for vet techs 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 technicians in Fresno earned an annual mean wage of $34,080, compared to $29,890 for veterinary assistants in Fresno². That’s a pay difference of about 14%!

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in SJVC’s Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program, applicants must have successfully completed the SJVC Veterinary Assistant Certificate of Completion program or a similar program at an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education within the past five years of their application.

Courses completed in the SJVC Veterinary Assistant Certificate of Completion program are accepted as a block transfer for 36 units of credit towards the Associate of Science degree. Applicants who have been awarded a Veterinary Assistant/Assisting certificate from another accredited institution with a minimum 3.5 GPA, or who can demonstrate successful completion of sufficient equivalent coursework at an accredited institution, may be considered for admission pending review of their official transcripts.

In addition, to be considered for admission to the Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program, applicants must:

  1. Pass the Veterinary Technology Preparation Knowledge Exam with a 75% or higher
  2. Achieve 86% (19 points) or higher on the Veterinary Technology Applicant Worksheet containing the
    following:
    -Cumulative GPA
    -Successful interview
  3. Have no felony criminal convictions
  4. Have no felony or misdemeanor DUI convictions

Acceptance for enrollment in the Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program is subject to the approval of the Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Program Director or their designee.

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 vmb.ca.gov.

First-time licensure and certification exam fees are paid for by the college. Payment for retakes and subsequent examinations are the responsibility of the graduate. Failure to apply for or sit for this exam does not constitute a refund or discount in tuition. Although SJVC pays for exam fees, the college does not pay fees for licensure.

¹ https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-6

² https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_23420.htm#31-0000

Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge Program Details

Program Courses

Courses* taken by our Veterinary Assistant to Veterinary Technology Bridge program students include:

  • VT 200: Advanced Anatomy & Physiology, 2.0 credit units
  • VT 210: Animal Nursing II, 2.0 credit units
  • VT 220: Veterinary Pharmacology II, 3.0 credit units
  • VT 230: Advanced Technical Skills, 2.0 credit units
  • VT 240: Veterinary Laboratory Procedures II, 2.0 credit units
  • VT 250A: Large Animals Skills, 1.0 credit units
  • VT 250B: Exotic and Lab Animals Skills, 1.0 credit units
  • VT 260A: Veterinary Surgical Assisting and Advanced Procedures, 1.0 credit units
  • VT 260B: Veterinary Dentistry and Advanced Procedures, 1.0 credit units
  • VT 260C: Veterinary Emergency, Critical Care, and Advanced
    Procedures, 1.0 credit units
  • VT 270: Course Review and Essential Skills, 2.0 credit units
  • VT 600: Clinical Externship II, 2.0 credit units
  • ENG 121: Composition and Reading – Part A, 3.0 credit units
  • ENG 122: Composition and Reading – Part B, 3.0 credit units
  • MTH 121: College Algebra – Part A, 3.0 credit units
  • MTH 122: College Algebra – Part B, 3.0 credit units
  • PHIL 1C Ethics, 3.0 credit units
  • PSY 1: General Psychology, 3.0 credit units
  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology, 3.0 credit units

*Course listings are subject to change. Reference the SJVC College Catalog for the  most current program information and to access full course information.

Accreditation and 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 www.accjc.org.

State Approvals

CALIFORNIA
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 (www.bppe.ca.gov).

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