ATTENTION: Information sessions for the Fall 2023 cohort will be scheduled in March 2023 with applications due in early April.

At its November 3-6, 2022 meeting, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) granted initial accreditation to the Ventura College veterinary technology program.  The accreditation is effective on August 25, 2022. 

The CVTEA requires that program graduates demonstrate competency in over 300 essential skills and that programs produce practice-ready graduates.  The accreditation of the Ventura College veterinary technology program is a recognition of the program's rigor.  Furthermore, it will allow graduates to be able to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam.

PROGRAM:   The Veterinary Technology Associate of Science Degree Program is two-tier pathway that begins with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate of Achievement. The program develops students for careers within the veterinary and animal healthcare industry as veterinary technicians and also prepares them to take the national licensing exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.  The first year of courses within the Veterinary Technology degree program can be applied towards earning a Certificate of Achievement (CoA) in Veterinary Assistant, allowing students to seek initial, entry-level employment in the field of veterinary technology while completing the Associate degree program.

ADMISSION:  Student applying to the Veterinary Assistant program must submit an admissions application to Ventura College at before applying to the certificate program.  Admission to the certificate program is based on a random lottery process.  To be considered for the certificate program, students must meet the educational requirements and follow the pre-enrollment procedures.  Meeting all the requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. In order to continue into the Veterinary Technology degree program, all Veterinary Technology coursework must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Note: The American Veterinary Medical Association requires that all applicants for enrollment in the Veterinary Technology program must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES:  The Veterinary Technology program at Ventura College is committed to providing equal access to the college’s academic programs and services to qualified individuals with disabilities through reasonable accommodation. Students who believe they are in need of accommodations should contact the Educational Assistance Center (EAC) / Disabled Students Programs & Services (DSP&S) by phone at (805) 289-6300 or by e-mail at or in person at 4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003. The student should provide the EAC with a current comprehensive evaluation of a specific disability from a qualified diagnostician that identifies the type of disability and lists recommended accommodations. All documentation will be reviewed by the designated EAC Faculty member in a timely manner, and appropriate reasonable accommodations will be provided based on the individual student’s needs.



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