Veterinary Technology is a growing profession; in fact according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to grow by 30% between 2012 and 2022 and that’s much faster than the average for all occupations.1 So if you love animals, live in or around Pleasant Hill, CA, and have ever dreamed of a career in animal care, now may be the time to find out more about the Veterinary Technology degree at our Pleasant Hill campus:
- Graduates are prepared to take the California Registered Veterinary Technician State Board Examination2
- Our curriculum includes an externship in an animal care facility in or around Pleasant Hill
- Students enjoy a blend of classroom theory, practical instruction and hands-on experience
Pleasant Hill Veterinary Technology program graduates should have the skills and the confidence to apply for entry-level positions in vets’ offices, animal hospitals & shelters, or a number of other veterinary care environments.
Our Pleasant Hill Vet Tech program is hands-on
Always supervised by licensed veterinarians, Vet Techs carry out a range of duties in a veterinary practice; from surgical nursing, to assisting with lab work, to office administration tasks, Veterinary Technicians are versatile, valued employees.
Because hands-on care is so important in this profession, the Pleasant Hill Veterinary Technology faculty uses a skills-based approach to teaching. Students do have formal classroom instruction, but they also have the opportunity to regularly work with live animals and animal simulators in lab practice sessions. They also get invaluable clinical experience working side-by-side with faculty members in actual veterinary settings.
Graduates of our Veterinary Technology degree program should have the skills and the confidence to:
- Collect patient information and maintain medical records
- Collect lab specimens and help vets perform diagnostic and surgical procedures
- Help with radiography and dental prophylaxes
- Demonstrate their critical thinking and information management skills
Earn your Veterinary Technology degree in Pleasant Hill, CA
The Veterinary Technology associate degree program at our Pleasant Hill campus does emphasize the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and biology, but it is not intended to be a pre-veterinary program. We provide our students with the basic knowledge and practical training they need to apply for positions as entry-level employees in veterinary care facilities.
Veterinary Technology is definitely a career choice for animal lovers, but you have to be tough and compassionate too. It can be a demanding job, both physically and emotionally, but if you think you’re up to the challenge you should speak with a Carrington College Enrollment Services Representative. Veterinary Technology classes will be enrolling soon at our Pleasant Hill campus, so put away those kitten slippers and make a call that could change your life.
Click here for three-year pass rate data for first-time test takers on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year (2011-2014).