Requirements & Procedures

Requirements & Procedures

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  • Age 18 years or older
  • Proof of high school graduation or equivalent
  • Physically and mentally capable of safely performing the role of a Registered Veterinary Technician
  • It is strongly recommended that all students have received a tetanus vaccination within seven years and be TB tested negative no more than 6 months prior to starting the program

Additional Requirements:
Additional requirements include drug testing and obtaining the prescribed uniform. More information on these items will be provided at the Orientation. The Vet Tech student must be able to work in an area with various odors, inhalation anesthesia, zoonotic diseases, cleaning chemicals and low-level radiation. The individual must be able to work in an environment with sick animals, distraught clients, and potentially dangerous biological agents. Must possess the physical stamina to lift heavy animals and remain standing for extended periods of time.

Basic Skills:
The prospective student should have good basic interpersonal, oral/written communication and problem solving skills to interact with a diverse group of people. Should possess the skill to recognize and handle difficult/unpleasant situations and or individuals and the temperament to work in a hospital setting, under supervision. Because veterinary technicians often deal with pet owners, communication skills are very important. Additionally, technicians should be able to work well with others, as teamwork with veterinarians and other hospital staff is an integral part of providing quality patient care. Organizational ability and the ability to pay attention to detail are also extremely important.
Persons interested in careers as veterinary technologists and technicians should take as many high school science, biology, and math courses as possible. Science courses taken beyond high school, in an associate or bachelor’s degree program, should emphasize practical skills in a clinical or laboratory setting.  

Other Required Courses:
First OrientationAdditional course work is necessary to satisfy the General Education requirements for the Associate in Science degree. Most Vet Tech courses have pre- or co-requisites that must be completed prior to proceeding to subsequent courses. See graduation requirements listed in the Yuba College catalog for more specific information.
It is the student's responsibility to obtain documentation that serves to verify coursework taken from another institution that is equivalent to this program's requirements. This can be in the form of official transcripts, course outlines and/or competencies and credit units and/or hours of instruction.
Information To Expedite Record Handling:
The following are suggestions for ensuring expedient handling of your records requests at previously attended institutions.

Call any institution from which you are requesting records to determine fees, if any, necessary for completing your transaction. Record and keep the name of the person to whom you spoke to at the institution contacted.

Student Financial Assistance:
Financial aid is available for qualified students attending the Yuba Community College District. For more information, or an application, contact: Yuba Community College District Financial Aid Office at: (530) 741-6781 or on-line at

Scholarships specifically for the Veterinary Technology student are available and the student should contact the Financial Aid Office of Yuba College to determine eligibility criteria and filing dates.

How to Learn More About a Career in Veterinary Technology:

  • Talk to individual Registered Veterinary Technicians at your local veterinary hospital.
  • Consult career counselors at a school or community college in your area.
  • Contact the American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Contact the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
  • Discuss the Veterinary Technician Code of Ethics with a Registered Veterinary Technician

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