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An In-Depth View of 1 Vet Tech Program

We are going to look at one school’s veterinary tech program; what they require and what they offer to the individual looking to become a vet tech. 

Foothill College is set in the beautiful foothills of the San Francisco Bay Area of California.  The Foothill College Program offers a two-year Veterinary Technology associate’s degree program which is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (AVMA-CVTEA).

Prerequisites for this program are as follows:

  • Completion of V T 51 with a grade of ‘C’ or better (must be completed prior to or be in progress at the time of application for admission to the program).
  • High school graduation or a valid G.E.D. with a G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher.
  • High school Algebra or MATH 220 or placement into a MATH 105 on Foothill Math Placement Test.
  • High school general biology or BIOL 10.
  • High school general chemistry (recommended).
  • Eligibility for ESLL 26 or ENGL 1A.

All minimum prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for admission into the program. 

This two-year program requires an application for admission.  Evaluation of applicants and selection of students for admission is done using a competitive, point-based application process. A small percentage of each class is chosen by lottery. Applicants will be notified of the final status of their application by mail by mid-July.  Students must meet and sign the program Technical Standards that are found on-line with the program application.

The primary objectives of the program include providing approved coursework leading to an Associate in Science degree.  To obtain this associate’s degree one will need to have a minimum of 90 units, which includes 30 units of general education requirements and 93 core course units.  A valid adult CPR certificate will also be required at the time of graduation.  Many of these courses will be transferrable for students wishing to continue their education.  A major would require a minimum of 123 units.

Students will need to be enrolled full time and are strongly advised to complete all of the general education requirements before attempting the program to avoid excessive course load.  Below is the core course schedule from Foothill’s website:

Core Courses: (93 units)

FIRST YEAR *
Fall Quarter:
(11.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53A Medical Terminology (1 Unit)
V T 54A Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 units)
V T 55 Animal Management & Clinical Skills I (4 Units)
V T 75A Animal Care Skills (1 Unit)

Winter Quarter: (13.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53B Medical Calculations (1 Unit)
V T 60 Veterinary Office Practice (2 Units)
V T 56 Animal Management & Clinical Skills II (4 Units)
V T 75B Animal Care Skills II (1 Unit)
CHEM 30A Survey of Inorganic & Organic Chemistry (5 Units)

Spring Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 53C Introduction to Large Animal Care (1 Unit)
V T 54B Comparative Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology for the Veterinary Technician (5 Units)
V T 75C Animal Care Skills III (1 Unit)
V T 86 Laboratory Animal Technology (4 Units)
V T 89 Clinical Internship I (3 Units)

Summer Quarter: (7 units)
BIOL 41 Microbiology (6 Units)
V T 75D Animal Care Skills IV (1 Unit)

SECOND YEAR *
Fall Quarter:
(17.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 70 Fundamentals of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (4 Units)
V T 81 Clinical Pathology Methods (5 Units)
V T 83 Pharmacology for Technicians (4 Units)
V T 87A Advanced Animal Care Skills I (1 Unit)
V T 91 Clinical Internship II (3 Units)

Winter Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 61 Animal Diseases (5 Units)
V T 84 Anesthesiology for Technicians (5 Units)
V T 87B Advanced Animal Care Skills II (1 Unit)
V T 92 Clinical Internship III (3 Units)

Spring Quarter: (14.5 Units)
V T 50 Current Topics in Veterinary Technology (0.5 Unit)
V T 72 Principles of Veterinary Dentistry (2 Units)
V T 85 Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care (4 Units)
V T 87C Advanced Animal Care Skills III (1 Unit)
V T 93 Clinical Internship IV (4 Units)
V T 95 Veterinary Technician Proficiency (2 Units)
V T 95L Veterinary Technician Proficiency Laboratory (1 Unit)

* All courses must be taken in sequence and completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
Online Veterinary Assisting Career Certificate

V T 52A Veterinary Assisting I (5 Units)
V T 52B Veterinary Assisting II (5 Units)
V T 88A Clinical Preceptorship I (1.5 Units)
V T 88B Clinical Preceptorship II (1.5 Units)

A student must satisfy minimum competencies in both clinical and didactic education before graduating.  Clinical competency is assured by a series of evaluations by clinical internship supervisors and evaluation by the faculty of the student’s performance in the veterinary laboratory.  After graduation, students should be prepared and able to pass the Veterinary Technician National Exam.  All students will be required to pass the exam to practice as a veterinary technician.

The career opportunities for registered veterinary technicians are high across the nation.  According to a survey by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities the number of positions advertised is about 8-10 times the number of qualified applicants.  So now is a great time to become a vet tech!

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