Degrees, Certificates, &Transfer Programs
Biological and Health Sciences Division (650) 949-7538
Veterinary Technology 2017-2018
The Foothill College Veterinary Technology program is a rigorous and academically challenging two-year, AVMA accredited course of training that prepares the student for employment as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Graduates receive an Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology and are then eligible to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Examination and the California State Registered Veterinary Technician Licensing Examination. The program is not intended to be a pre-veterinary medicine or veterinary medicine curriculum. General program information, frequently asked questions, admission criteria, and the application for admission can be found at the Veterinary Technology Program website: foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech. Information about the Online Veterinary Assisting Program can be found at the Veterinary Assisting Program website: foothill.edu/bio/programs/vetasst
Program Learning Outcomes:
• The student will demonstrate competency in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the practice of veterinary technology in a wide scope of practice settings.
• The graduates will demonstrate entry-level clinical skills competency in accordance with accreditation requirements.
The demand for Registered Veterinary Technicians is high nationwide. In particular, there is a very high demand for RVTs in the bay area. Graduates can find employment in many sectors including small and large animal practice, specialty practice, clinical laboratories, education, government, research, and the pharmaceutical and biomedical industries. Starting salaries for entry level licensed technicians range from $18.00-22.00/hr. A Registered Veterinary Technician with 3-5 years of experience generally earns $25.00- $28.00/hr. Highly skilled and licensed RVTs with advanced specialization training, management ability or those employed in large specialist hospitals, the biomedical industry, or as educators commonly earn in excess of $28.00/hr. Benefits vary widely, with larger veterinary practices and corporations providing the most attractive packages. The veterinary assisting courses are separate from the veterinary technology program classes, and are not accredited by the AVMA. Veterinary assisting offers entry-level courses for those students interested in starting a career in the veterinary field and for those students who are currently working in the field who want to upgrade their knowledge and skills. The Veterinary assisting classes are offered online along with a preceptorship component. Students are expected to find their own preceptorship locations.
Units required for Major: 89
Units required for Certificate: 12.5
• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (89 units)
• A valid Adult CPR certificate is required at time of graduation.
*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.
NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken in sequence and for a letter grade. A grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree. In addition, a GPA of 2.5 is required for all science prerequisites.
CCC = Career Certificate [Non-Transcriptable].
Application for admission to the program is required and all students must meet the program’s technical standards. Important program information and advisories, frequently asked questions, technical standards, admission criteria, and the application for admission can be found at the Veterinary Technology Program website: foothill.edu/bio/programs/vettech
Information about the Online Veterinary Assisting Program can be found at the Veterinary Assisting Program website: foothill.edu/bio/programs/vetasst
Program Prerequisites: (must be completed with a grade of “C” or better at the time of application (no later than winter quarter 2018))
• Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher.
• A GPA of 2.5 is required for all science prerequisites.
• High school graduation or a valid GED.
• V T 51.
• MATH 105 or equivalent college level course. If math proficiency is determined via placement test, test results must be included with your application.
• ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• BIOL 10 or equivalent general biology course with a laboratory.
• BIOL 41 or equivalent general microbiology course with a laboratory.
• CHEM 30A or equivalent.
• Full-time enrollment is required.
• The student is strongly advised to complete all of the general education requirements and required science courses before applying to the program to avoid excessive course load in the program.
Core Courses (89 units)
AHS 50A Introduction to Allied Health Programs (1.5 units)
V T 50A Current Topics in Veterinary Technology I (1 unit)
V T 53A Medical Terminology (2 units)
V T 54A Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 units)
V T 55 Animal Management & Clinical Skills I (4 units)
V T 75A Animal Care Skills I (1 unit)
V T 50B Current Topics in Veterinary Technology II (1 unit)
V T 53B Medical Calculations (2 units)
V T 54B Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 units)
V T 56 Animal Management & Clinical Skills II (4 units)
V T 60 Veterinary Office Practice (2 units)
V T 75B Animal Care Skills II (1 unit)
V T 50C Current Topics in Veterinary Technology III (1 unit)
V T 53C Introduction to Large Animal Care (2 units)
V T 75C Animal Care Skills III (1 unit)
V T 81 Clinical Pathology Methods (5 units)
V T 86 Laboratory Animal Technology (4 units)
V T 89 Clinical Internship I (3 units)
V T 50D Current Topics in Veterinary Technology IV (1 unit)
V T 70 Fundamentals of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (4 units)
V T 83 Pharmacology for Technicians (4 units)
V T 87A Advanced Animal Care Skills I (1 unit)
V T 91 Clinical Internship II (3 units)
V T 50E Current Topics in Veterinary Technology V (1 unit)
V T 61 Animal Diseases (6 units)
V T 72 Principles of Veterinary Dentistry (2.5 units)
V T 85 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (4 units)
V T 87B Advanced Animal Care Skills II (1 unit)
V T 92 Clinical Internship III (3 units)
V T 50F Current Topics in Veterinary Technology VI (1 unit)
V T 66 Exotic Animal Care (2 units)
V T 84 Anesthesiology for Technicians (5 units)
V T 93 Clinical Internship IV (3 units)
V T 95 Veterinary Technician Proficiency (2 units)
Note: All courses must be taken in sequence and completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Online Veterinary Assisting Career Certificate (12.5 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]
V T 52A Veterinary Assisting I (5 units)
V T 52B Veterinary Assisting II (5 units)
V T 88A Clinical Preceptorship I (2.5 units)
Note: Student must have a high school diploma or a valid GED certificate and be able to read and write proficiently in English and perform mathematical computations at the high school graduate level.
2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-11 09:47:06 | Dept Code: V T