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Ventura College’s Veterinary Technology Program prepares students for careers within the veterinary and animal healthcare industry as veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. Through the integration of hands-on experiential learning and curriculum design, students will be engaged in a modern, active learning environment. Graduates will be prepared to enter the expanding animal healthcare industry as part of a team of individuals dedicated to the care of domestic animals, small and large. The first year of courses within the Veterinary Technology degree program can be applied towards earning a Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assistant, allowing students to seek initial, entry level employment in the field of veterinary technology while completing the Associate Degree requirements.
In order to become a licensed Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), candidates must complete an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from an AVMA accredited program and pass the National Veterinary Technician Exam (VTNE). Although Ventura College is in the process of submitting an initial application to the AVMA for accreditation, at this point, this program is not accredited and graduates are not guaranteed the ability to sit for the National Veterinary Technician Exam. Of course, we hope to have accreditation in place by the time the first program class will graduate in Fall of 2022. Please check back here for updates on accreditation status. Although Ventura College’s veterinary technology program courses meet the requirements for California’s RVT alternate route, at this time, enrollment for the vet tech courses is limited to students admitted into the Associate Degree program.
Program Purpose: Veterinary assistants and technicians are highly skilled assistants to veterinarians and researchers, and are critical to the veterinary field, with access to career opportunities that continue to experience high demand and strong growth. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), both
veterinary technician and veterinary assistant jobs are estimated to grow 16% by 2029 while the average growth rate for all occupations is 4 percent. Average salary range for an experienced licensed RVT in California ranges from approximately $38,000 – $60,000 and is highly dependent on the type of practice.
What does a Veterinary Assistant and Registered Veterinary Technician do?
Veterinary Assistants are integral to the animal health care teams that work under the supervision of veterinarians to perform various types of tasks including:
- Performing animal restraint
- Performing laboratory procedures
- Surgical preparation and assisting
- Monitoring general anesthesia
- Assist in various digital imaging modalities (ex: x-ray acquisition, ultrasound, CT, MRI)
- Perform dental cleaning and x-rays
- Medical nursing including:
- Obtaining lab samples including blood, urine, and fecal samples
- Placing intravenous catheters
- Administering medications and preventative care such as vaccinations
- Wound care
- Performing emergency care
- Client communication and education.
Registered Veterinary Technicians routinely perform all the duties of the Veterinary Assistant but are also able to perform these additional duties under the supervision of veterinarians including:
- Induce general anesthesia
- Suture skin
- Perform dental extractions
- Placing splints and bandages
Potential career opportunities for both Veterinary Assistants and Veterinary Technicians include employment in:
- Veterinary hospitals
- Government / regulatory agencies
- Non-profit Working/Service animal programs
- Bio-medical research institutions
- Animal shelter and rescue organizations
- Wildlife rehabilitation facilities
- Agricultural livestock operations
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Zoological parks
- Animal nutrition industry
Further Opportunities for Registered Veterinary Technicians
Licensed RVTs are able to teach at an AVMA accredited school or program.
In addition, RVTs are also able to pursue certification as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in subspecialty areas of:
- Internal Medicine
- Emergency and Critical Care
- Zoologic Medicine
For more information and additional specialty certifications an RVT can obtain please click on the following link:
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