Veterinary Technology New Students

Program Overview

The Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program (VTDLP) is designed to take away the academic and geographic barriers for students seeking to be veterinary assistants or credentialed veterinary technicians.  Distance learning provides a unique opportunity for students to complete the program with minimal disruption to work and family routines.

All program specific courses (VETT)  are 12 weeks in length, while the required general education courses are normally 16 weeks.  VETT courses are broken down into tiers 1 through 4 and 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 semester.

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.

Becoming a Credentialed Veterinary Technician

Only graduates of the program earning the Veterinary Technician, A.A.S. degree are eligible to take the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE).  Many states also require state exams.  Students who earn the Veterinary Assistant Certificate only, are not eligible to take the VTNE.

Requirements for becoming a credentialed veterinary technician vary by state.  For specific information on the requirements in your state, contact your state veterinary medical organization or go to (Links to an external site).

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 A.A.S degree, in order to take most state registration or licensure examinations, as well as 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.

Degree Plan

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Program Outcomes

  1. Participate in facility management utilizing traditional and electronic media and appropriate veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations.
  2. Communicate in a professional manner in all formats – written, oral, non-verbal, and electronic.
  3. Follow and uphold applicable laws and the veterinary technology profession’s ethical codes to provide high-quality care to patients.
  4. Safely and effectively administer prescribed drugs to patients.
  5. Accurately dispense and explain prescribed drugs to clients.
  6. Demonstrate and perform patient assessment techniques in a variety of animal species.
  7. Understand and demonstrate husbandry, nutrition, therapeutic and dentistry techniques appropriate to various animal species.
  8. Safely and effectively manage and maintain patients in all phases of anesthesia.
  9. Safely and effectively select, utilize and maintain anesthetic delivery and monitoring instruments and equipment.
  10. Evaluate patient and implement pain management protocols as directed.
  11. Understand and integrate all aspects of patient management for common surgical procedures in a variety of animal species.
  12. Understand and provide the appropriate instruments, supplies, and environment to maintain asepsis during surgical procedures.
  13. Demonstrate knowledge of proper handling, packaging, and storage of specimens for laboratory analysis to ensure the safety of patients, clients, and staff.
  14. Properly perform analysis of laboratory specimens.
  15. Safely and effectively produce diagnostic radiographic and non-radiographic images.
  16. Safely and effectively handle common laboratory animals used in animal research.
  17. Understand the approach to providing safe and effective care for birds, reptiles, amphibians, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, and ferrets.
  18. Recognize and respond appropriately to patients in compromised states.
  19. Perform appropriate resuscitation procedures as needed.
  20. Apply established emergency protocols.

How to Get Started

STEP 1: Apply to San Juan College

  • All applicants must meet San Juan College’s academic eligibility requirements to be considered a regular status student. For a listing of the specific requirements, please refer to the Academic Eligibility information as posted in the current Academic Catalog.
  • Complete the Application.
    • Click on “New User” if this is the first time for you to complete the SJC application. “Existing Users” site should be used for students still needing to complete their application.
  • Complete and submit the form.

STEP 2: Complete Your Online Orientation

Visit the "Next Step" for online students by emailing or contacting Kathy Jensen at 505-566-3378. This is required for all new and transfer students.

STEP 3: Submit Your Performance Standards Acknowledgement form

  • Your VETT program advisor will provide the Performance Standards Acknowledgement or download it here.
  • Carefully read the entire form.
  • Sign the form in front of a notary public. Note that if the notary uses an inked stamp, rather than a raised seal, you may submit the form via fax or email. If the notary uses a raised or embossed seal, the original form must be mailed to the program office. If you are unsure of how to locate a notary public, we suggest you contact your local bank.
  • Submit the completed notarized form to your VETT program advisor prior to scheduling a telephone advisement appointment.  Note that you will not be cleared to register for VETT courses until this form is properly submitted, received, and processed.

STEP 4: Schedule an Advisement Appointment

  • After attending the orientation, schedule a telephone advisement appointment with the VETT program advisor via the following link:
  • Students cannot register online through WebAdvisor for VETT courses until they have been cleared for registration by the VETT program advisor. Note that this is a specialty program and advisors through the San Juan College Advising and Counseling Office or the San Juan College Online Advisor do not advise VETT students.
  • Use the link to the academic calendar at for registration dates and important deadlines. Registration is competitive and advising appointments should be made prior to the registration start date.

STEP 5: Submit Transcripts

  • Only official transcripts will be accepted by Enrollment Services. To be considered official transcripts, they must be sent directly from the school you attended to:

San Juan College
Enrollment Services
4601 College Blvd
Farmington, NM 87402

  • If the institution you are requesting transcripts from has the ability to process electronic transcripts through an e-transcript service such as Parchment, Credentials or Clearing House, their official e-transcripts may be sent to  Scanned and emailed transcripts will not be accepted as official.
  • Transcripts do not have to be submitted before registering for or starting classes, but must be received and processed before the end of the new student’s first semester. However, if you are applying for financial aid, your financial aid application will not be processed until all transcripts are received
  • If this is your first time attending college, you will need to submit your high school or GED transcript.
  • If you have previous college credit, you will need to submit transcripts from all colleges listed on your San Juan College application. Submission of a high school transcript is required, even if the student has advanced degrees

STEP 6: Financial Aid and Veteran Benefits

  • Veterinary Technology staff members will not have access to your financial aid information. It is best to review deadlines and requirements on the San Juan College Financial Aid homepage located at
  • Veterans pursuing VA benefits should contact the Veterans Coordinator. Information is located at
    • Active Duty Service Members seeking to use military tuition assistance or military spouses seeking to use MyCAA must conduct an advising appointment with a VETT advisor prior to the military deadline for approval. Degree plans will be provided at that time.

STEP 7: Activate Your San Juan College Email Account

  • Approximately one week after making application to San Juan College, you will need to activate your official San Juan College student email account. This is the official communication process for students at San Juan College and emails from other email accounts will not be responded to.
  • Visit the page for information on accessing your student email account.
  • If you will not be checking your email on a regular basis, we strongly suggest you follow the directions to have it forwarded to your personal email account.
  • If you have technical questions regarding email or CANVAS access, contact the Help Desk at 505-566-3266 or for assistance.

STEP 8: Ordering Textbooks

STEP 9: Contact Us with Questions

  • By Phone: (888) 313-3838 (toll free) or 566-3838 (local)
  • By Fax: (505) 566-3570
  • By Email:
  • By Mail:

San Juan College
Veterinary Technology Program
4601 College Blvd
Farmington, NM 87402

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