Become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT)

Eye ExamThe Yuba College Veterinary Technology Program teaches the knowledge, skills and abilities needed by the individual who desires to become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

Enjoy working With Animals?

Students 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.

Great Employment Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment  for Veterinary Technicians and Technologists to grow by 19 percent from 2014-2024. 

Increasing Number of Pets

Caring for AnimalsThe number of dogs as pets, which also drives employment growth, is expected to increase more slowly during the projection period than in the previous decade. However, the rapidly growing number of cats as pets is expected to boost the demand for feline medicine, offsetting any reduced demand for veterinary care for dogs. The availability of advanced veterinary services, such as preventive dental care and surgical procedures may provide opportunities for workers specializing in those areas.

Skilled Technicians Needed

Biomedical facilities, diagnostic laboratories, public health, wildlife facilities, humane societies, animal control facilities, food animal agriculture, drug or food manufacturing companies, and food safety inspection facilities will provide more jobs for veterinary technicians. Furthermore, demand for these workers will stem from the desire to replace veterinary assistants with more highly skilled technicians in animal clinics and hospitals, shelters, kennels, and humane societies.

Veterinary Team/Career Track Comparisons

 Career Category

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technologists

Pre-Vet Students



Generalist in animal care; Clinical aide.

Nursing Technician with technical veterinary medical skills

Technologist in veterinary science and technology

Student - career preparation

Diagnostician and surgeon


Performs minor technical tasks, general animal care and restraint

Performs wide range of technical nursing and laboratory procedures

Plans and executes projects. Supervises and teaches

Gaining admittance to veterinary school

Diagnoses diseases Prognoses outcomes
Prescribes treatment
Performs surgery


High School, correspondence courses

Basic science and animal nursing and veterinary technology courses

Advanced areas of veterinary technology, management and science.

Two year (63-81 credit hours minimum)

Veterinary medicine and surgery


On-the-job trained; no degree

Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Technology

BS Degree,veterinary technology major

BS Degree (optional) in second year career choice after four years

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)


None required

Two-year AVMA accredited program

Four-year program, 128 credits required

Two to four years

Four-year Veterinary Medical School

Possible Roles

Animal Caretaker
Technician's Assistant
Veterinarian's Assistant

Surgical/ORT Tech
Radiographic Tech

Clinical Specialist
Working Supervisor
Practice Manager
Teaching Technologist

Undergraduate student usually in Agriculture or Science (can be any other major); Veterinary assistant in summers

Veterinary Practitioner Research Scientist
Public Health Officer
Industrial Veterinarian

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