Become a Veterinary Technician or Assistant
At Foothill College, we have career training for both veterinary technicians and veterinary
assistants. What's the difference between the two programs?
- Admission by application
- Prerequisites of about a year of school
- Accredited by the AVMA-CVTEA
- Earn an Associate in Science degree leading to license
- Open enrollment
- No prerequisites
- No degree or license
- Training not recognized by the AVMA.
As a veterinary technician, you'll serve primarily as a professional assistant to veterinarians, biomedical researchers, and other scientists, and as such are an integral part of the veterinary health care team.
To work in the field, you must possess a unique combination of knowledge and skill involving basic science, animals, and people.
As the complexity of veterinary medicine increases, and as the public demand for state-of the-art care for their animals increases, the veterinary technician will play an ever increasing role in the delivery of excellent health care for animals.
The greatest demand for veterinary technicians is in a private veterinary practice
working along side the veterinarian caring for companion animals. However, the demand
for veterinary technicians in other fields is increasing.
Fields with a high or growing demand for Vet Tech workers
- Private veterinary practice
- Pharmaceutical sales
- Humane societies
- Livestock production
- Equine practice
- Biomedical research
- Diagnostic laboratories
- Zoo/wildlife medicine
- Veterinary supply sales
- Public health organizations
- Pet food industry
Degree & Certificates Types
View list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.
For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.
Associate in Science Degree
NOTE: When viewing this program map, you may select from two pathways — 1. Accelerated; and 2. Part-time.
Certificate of Achievement
If you are interested in joining this field, learn more about our Vet Tech program at Foothill.
|Program: Veterinary Technology
Length: 2 years
Number Accepted: 32
Application Window: Oct.1–April 21
Program Application Deadline: April 21
Approx. Cost of Program: $5,500
National Licensing Exam: Yes
State Licensing Exam: No
Est. Annual Salary (with license): $40,000–$60,000
|See informaton about our Veterinary Assisting Certificate Program|
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