Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technology (AAS.VETT) 75-76 credit hours
Veterinary Assistant (CER.VETT) 29-30 credit hours

* Only graduates of the program with the Veterinary Technician AAS.VETT degree are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and any required state registration, certification, or licensure exams.  Note that students receiving the VETT certificate only, are not eligible to take the VTNE.


Is the challenging career of veterinary technology right for you?

  • Do you care about animals
  • Do you enjoy working with your hands
  • Are you good at decision making
  • Do you like working with people
  • Do you enjoy handling a variety of responsibilities

The credentialed veterinary technician is an integral member of the veterinary health care team who has been educated in providing specialized nursing care, surgical assistance, and assisting in diagnostic procedures. Many of the responsibilities are similar to that of human nurses and other professionals in the human health field. While the majority of veterinary technicians are employed in private practice, the demand for credentialed veterinary technicians is rapidly expanding to exciting new career opportunities in both human and animal health related fields.

To accommodate work and family obligations, the Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program at San Juan College is an option for many students wishing to earn a degree in veterinary technology.

AVMA Accreditation

The San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. The program received AVMA Accreditation in November 2006.

Programs of veterinary technology must be AVMA accredited, and the student must complete the AAS degree, in order to take most state registration or licensure examinations and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

For specific information on the requirements in your location, contact your state veterinary medical organization or go to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) website. In the public section of the AAVSB website you can access the requirements for credentialing in your jurisdiction.

For more information, please call Sherry Hair, Program Advisor at (888) 313-3838. Or send an email to