Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology Program Description


A.S. Veterinary Technology

Certificate of Achievement

Veterinary Technology Program Disclosure

Program Description

The application deadline for entry to the Fail 2019 class has been extended to June 14, 2019.

CRC's Veterinary Technology program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The program offers a rigorous yet rewarding academic curriculum while simultaneously providing ample hands-on experience. The student will gain a working knowledge of animal behavior, restraint, nutrition and nursing. The curriculum will include, but not be restricted to, the performance of emergency care, anesthesia, dental care, surgical assistance and laboratory procedures.

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) (previously known as Animal Health Technicians) are trained professionals who work as highly skilled assistants to veterinarians and researchers. Their knowledge and skills have led to their being desirable employees in a variety of related fields.

Most states (including California) require official licensing or certification of RVTs. In California certification is accomplished by:

  • completion of an educational curriculum
  • achievement of a passing score on a state board exam

Career Opportunities

  • Private Veterinary Practice
  • Zoos/Wild Animal Parks
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Veterinary Supplies Sales
  • Diagnostic Laboratories
  • Military Service
  • Education
  • Biomedical Research
  • Humane Societies/Animal Control
  • Regulatory Veterinary Medicine
  • Livestock Health Management


  • One of only six programs in California that has earned accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Acceptance of degree by examining boards in states other than California
  • High-quality training recognized by local employers
  • Excellent record of students passing state board exams
  • On-the-job training and future job placement opportunities

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see