Veterinary Technology

Overview

The Cosumnes River College Veterinary Technology program does NOT provide veterinary medical services to the public.

Veterinary Technology program is designed to provide the student with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career as a Registered Veterinary Technician. The program offers a rigorous and rewarding academic curriculum while simultaneously providing ample hands-on experience. The student will gain a working knowledge of animal behavior, restraint, nutrition and nursing. The curriculum will include, but not be restricted to, the performance of veterinary emergency care, anesthesia, dental care, surgical assistance and laboratory procedures.

Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) are trained professionals who work as highly skilled assistants to veterinarians and researchers. RVTs are integral members of the veterinary health care team and are valuable employees in a variety of related fields.

Most states require official licensing of Veterinary Technicians. In California, licensure is accomplished by:

  • Graduation from an AVMA Accredited/California Veterinary Medical Board Approved RVT program (or equivalent)
  • Achievement of a passing score on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
  • Application for a Registered Veterinary Technician license from the California Veterinary Medical Board. (Please visit the California VMB website for details about the licensure process.)