Veterinary Technology

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

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Program Overview

AVMA Accreditation

Becoming a Credentialed Veterinary Technician

Program Outcomes

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.


The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) is designed to take away the academic and geographical barriers for those seeking to be veterinary assistants or credentialed veterinary technicians by providing a program that can be completed while you are on the job with minimal disruption to your work and family routines.

Each of the courses in the four levels of the program is 12 weeks in duration and the prerequisite and general studies courses are based on traditional 16 week terms. Tier 1, 2, 3, and 4, courses begin in January, May, and August of each year. Every class is offered every semester and students may begin the program at the start of any term.

Depending on personal and work schedules, students can usually complete one to four courses per semester. Students can expect to devote approximately 4 to 6 hours per week to each course in studying, completing written assignments, examinations, and completing clinical assignments.

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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.

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Becoming a credentialed veterinary technician

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.

For specific information on the requirements in your location, contact your state veterinary medical organization or go to the

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  1. Students will participate in the efficient management of a veterinary facility/practice.
  2. Students will utilize appropriate veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations and communicate in a professional manner in all formats - written, oral, non-verbal, and electronic
  3. Students will comply with all applicable laws and uphold the veterinary technology profession's ethical code of conduct to provide high quality care to patients.
  4. Students will accurately dispense prescribed drugs and communicate their safe use to clients.
  5. Students will describe and perform patient health assessment techniques for a variety of animal species.
  6. Students will demonstrate understanding of animal husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various species.
  7. Students will effectively select and safely utilize the appropriate anesthetic delivery protocols and monitoring instruments and equipment to effectively manage patients in all phases of anesthetic procedures.
  8. Students will demonstrate knowledge of all aspects of patient management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species.
  9. Students will explain the importance of providing the appropriate instruments, supplies and environment in order to maintain asepsis during surgical procedures.
  10. Students will properly package, handle and store laboratory specimens, and carry out analysis of laboratory specimens, in accordance with established guidelines.
  11. Students will safely and effectively operate equipment to produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images.
  12. Students will safely and effectively handle common laboratory animals used in research in accordance with established guidelines.
  13. Students will select the best approach to provide safe and effective care for birds, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and ferrets for a variety of common conditions.

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