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Contact: Agricultural SciencesTitle: DepartmentContact: agsci@mtsac.edu
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Natural Sciences Division

The Registered Veterinary Technology Program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. The program is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. This program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers as Registered Veterinary Technicians who will work under the supervision of licensed private organizations including veterinary hospitals, research facilities, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technicians National Exam) leading to licensure as a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

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    • Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

      Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

      SOC Career Code: 29-2056.00

      Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $28.58

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $45,157.20
      Annual Job Openings
      1,088

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

      Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

      SOC Career Code: 31-9096.00

      Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine postoperative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $21.96

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $36,302.61
      Annual Job Openings
      2,514

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Registered Veterinary Technology, AS

    Natural Sciences Division

    The Registered Veterinary Technology Program, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association, is designed to enable students to prepare for a career in this essential and diverse profession. The program is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. This program is intended to prepare students for entry-level employment following graduation. This degree is designed to prepare students for careers as Registered Veterinary Technicians who will work under the supervision of licensed private organizations including veterinary hospitals, research facilities, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Graduates of the program receive an Associate in Science Degree in Registered Veterinary Technology and are eligible to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technicians National Exam) leading to licensure as a Registered Veterinary Technician. 

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Required Courses, 1st year
    AGHE 54Veterinary Office Procedures3
    AGHE 64Veterinary Pharmacology3
    AGHE 79Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care3
    AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology 12
    AGHE 86Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
    ASCI 1Animal Science3
    ASCI 2Animal Nutrition3
    ASCI 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
    ASCI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
    Advanced Courses:
    AGHE 60Medical Nursing and Animal Care4
    AGHE 61Animal Surgical Nursing4
    AGHE 62AClinical Pathology3
    AGHE 62BClinical Pathology2
    AGHE 65Veterinary Radiography2
    AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology 12
    AGHE 84BApplied Animal Health Procedures1
    AGHE 85Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology1
    Required Electives
    Choose three units from the following:3
    ASCI 12
    Exotic Animal Management
    ASCI 14
    Swine Production
    ASCI 16
    Horse Production and Management
    ASCI 17
    Sheep Production
    ASCI 18
    Horse Ranch Management
    ASCI 19
    Horse Hoof Care
    ASCI 30
    Beef Production
    ASCI 70
    Pet Shop Management
    ASCI 71
    Canine Management
    ASCI 72
    Feline Management
    ASCI 73
    Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management
    ASCI 74
    Reptile Management
    ASCI 76
    Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds
    ASCI 94
    Animal Breeding
    Total Units49

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