The Program

Class OutingThe Yuba College Veterinary Technology Program teaches the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by the individual who desires to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. An individual interested in this career should possess the ability to deal successfully with a variety of people, enjoy working with animals, have an interest in science and medicine and be able to self-direct and work in an organized manner.

Curriculum Schedule

First Year Curriculum
TERM COURSE # SUBJECT CREDITS
Fall VETT 1 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3
  VETT 4 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Techniques 3
  VETT 7 Veterinary Business Management (Online) 3
  VETT 16 Veterinary Technology Professional Seminar 1
  VETT 55 Veterinary Medical Terminology (Online) 3
      Total: 13
Spring VETT 2 Veterinary Physiology and Anatomy 3
  VETT 2L Veterinary Anatomy Laboratory 2
  VETT 3 Veterinary Pharmacology (Online) 3
  VETT 5 series Veterinary Technology Internship (Online) 2
  VETT 56 Shelter Medicine (Online) 3
      Total: 13
Second Year Curriculum
TERM COURSE # SUBJECT CREDITS
 Summer VETT 5 series Veterinary Technology Internship (Online) 2
  VETT 11 Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Online) 3

 

VETT 12 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Math (Online) 2
      Total: 7
Fall VETT 5 series Veterinary Technology Internship (Online) 2
  VETT 6 Veterinary Workplace Safety (Online) 3

 

VETT 8 Large Animal Medicine and Nursing (Online) 3
  VETT 53A Veterinary Surgical Nursing and Anesthesia 4
  VETT 53B Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 2
      Total: 14
Spring VETT 5 series Veterinary Technology Internship (Online) 2
  VETT 9 Laboratory Animal Medicine (Online) 3
  VETT 53C Advanced Veterinary Nursing Techniques 4
  VETT 53D Veterinary Dentistry 2
  VETT 54 Public Health and Infectious Disease (Online) 3
  VETT 59 Veterinary Technology Board Review (Online) 2
      Total: 16

Required Unit Total: 63 units

Electives
TERM COURSE # SUBJECT CREDITS
Spring VETT 10 Exotic and Wildlife Medicine (Online) 3
Summer VETT 52 Human Animal Bond (Online) 3
Fall VETT 18 Veterinary Food Safety and Security (Online) 3
Fall VETT 57 Animals and Society (Online) 3
  • CHEM 10, BIOL 15 and VETT 91 are prerequisites for admission to the Program. Additional requirements include Program application submission, a written essay, submission of transcripts, and attendance in a half-day Veterinary Technology Orientation Program held in mid-June.
  • Additional graduation requirements which must be completed with a "C" or better grade for the A.S. degree and to complete the Program: English 1A, General Education (Humanities, Social Science), and Math 52 (or higher).
  • The Health/Physical Education and multi-cultural graduation requirements are satisfied by completion of the Veterinary Technology Program.

Program Options

  • Business Management Option
  • Dental Option
  • Exotic Animal/Wildlife Option
  • Laboratory Animal Option
  • Laboratory Diagnostics Option
  • Large Animal Option
  • Public Health Option
  • Shelter Medicine Option
  • Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Option

Bake SaleStudent Program Specialization

Species concentration within veterinary technology is common today thereby improving post-graduate employment opportunities for Yuba College graduates. Students may want to concentrate their studies in one or more areas of specialization- these will not be noted on the transcript and are only provided to enhance academic preparation and employment opportunities. However the Veterinary Technology Program issues a program option completionary award. The following Veterinary Technology Program options are currently available to our students:

 Veterinary Technology Program Options

  • Business Management Option: Completion of VETT 7 Veterinary Business Applications, VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original business management research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a clinic business internship.
  • Dental Option: Completion of VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 53D Principles of Veterinary Dentistry, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original veterinary dentistry research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a dental specialty internship.
  • Exotic Animal/Wildlife Option: Completion of VETT 10 Exotic and Wildlife Medicine, VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original exotic/wildlife research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a wildlife and/or exotic animal internship.
  • Laboratory Animal Option: Completion of VETT 9 Laboratory Animal Medicine, VETT 57 Animals and Society, American Association for Laboratory Animal Science ALAT certification, completion and submission of an original laboratory animal medicine research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a laboratory animal internship.
  • Laboratory Diagnostics Option: Completion of VETT 4 Clinical Laboratory Techniques, VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original laboratory diagnostics research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a laboratory diagnostics internship.
  • Large Animal Option: Completion of VETT 8 Large Animal Medicine and Nursing, VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original large animal research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a large animal internship.
  • Public Health Option: Completion of VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 54 Public Health and Infectious Disease, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original public health/food safety research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a public health or food hygiene internship. 
  • Shelter Medicine Option: Completion of VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 56 Shelter Medicine, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original shelter medicine research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as a shelter medicine internship. 
  • Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Option: Completion of VETT 11 Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, VETT 52 Human Animal Bond, VETT 57 Animals and Society, completion and submission of an original emergency and critical care research project, and at least 4 units of VETT 5 as an emergency or critical care internship.

THE CAREER
Veterinary Technology is a career path for those who have an affinity for animals and a strong desire to work in a medical/scientific field. Registered Veterinary Technicians work along side veterinarians in providing the health care, medical and surgical treatment of large, small and exotic animals. The work environment can range from the small animal veterinary hospital, to the commercial laboratory setting, public health, zoo facilities, or government/military service.

PERSONAL POTENTIAL
Upon completion of the 2 year, AVMA accredited Program, the student will have completed the requirements for an Associate in Science Degree with many units transferable towards a higher degree. The student will also be eligible to take the California State licensing Board Examination for Veterinary Technicians. Department of Consumer Affairs: Veterinary Medical Board - examination test results. Graduates must also take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).  

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Grants, scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available to qualified Yuba College students.

MORE INFORMATION
For more information on this interesting and rewarding career please email the Veterinary Technology Program office at vettech@yccd.edu.


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