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If you love caring for animals and working with customers, you may be a great candidate for Carrington College’s Veterinary Technology program.

At a Glance

  • Earn an Associate Degree and prepare for licensure in as few as 19 months.

  • Hands-on training in veterinary medicine.

  • Prepare for Veterinary Technician National Examination*

  • Offered at six locations in CA 

  • Affordable tuition varies by location, learn more now.

About the Program

What Will I Learn in the Veterinary Technician Program?

Graduates will have the entry-level skills and knowledge required for the modern veterinary practice. The core program is focused on companion animals, but all facets of veterinary medicine, including large animal medicine, biomedical research and industry-related topics are emphasized. Students should note that the curriculum is not intended as a pre-veterinary program

The Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College is a balance of theory and practical instruction, with courses in animal anatomy and physiology, biology and chemistry. The program includes an externship, allowing students to practice their skills in a veterinary setting.

Program Outcomes

This program prepares students to work in veterinary clinics, rescue leagues, and at colleges and universities. In Carrington College’s program, students combine classroom work with hands-on training to learn the skills needed to work in the field. Upon completion of the Veterinary Technology program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate entry-level competency in the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the practice of veterinary technology in a wide range of practice settings.
  • Demonstrate entry-level clinical skills competency in accordance with accreditation requirements.
  • Differentiate the appropriate functions to employ to maintain a safe work environment for clients, animals, and staff.

Veterinary Technology students can graduate in as few as 19 months. Students who graduate from the program are prepared for the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE).

The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

Locations

We’re proud to offer our accredited program in veterinary technology at six locations. 

To learn more about how you can attend Carrington’s Veterinary Technology program, request more information.

Veterinary Technician Career Opportunities

The job outlook for veterinary technicians is incredibly strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterinary technologists and technicians are expected to increase 19% between 2018 and 2028. This is much faster than average for all occupations.1 In May 2019, the national median pay for veterinary technicians was $35,320 per year or $16.98 per hour. For detailed regional information please visit https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292056.htm#st

 And there are some reasons for this growth, including:

  • Clinics are relying on veterinary technicians to provide more general care and lab work so they can operate more efficiently.
  • Veterinarians will want to hire veterinary technicians to perform the complex work a veterinary assistant might not be qualified to do.
  • A demand for veterinary technicians in areas like food and animal safety is expected to grow, helping prevent foodborne contaminants and diseases in animals.

Veterinary technicians work in a variety of settings, with many working in private veterinary clinics and animal hospitals. Other places veterinary technicians can work include educational institutions like colleges, and social advocacy organizations1.

Program Specific Disclosures

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Veterinary Technology program is to provide local and global veterinary communities with ethical graduates committed to lifelong learning and professional development. Graduates will acquire mastery of entry level skills and knowledge required for the contemporary veterinary practice. The core program focus is companion animal practice, but all facets of veterinary medicine, including large animal medicine, biomedical research, and industry related topics are emphasized

Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)

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 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2021)
Citrus Heights Ontario Pleasant
Hill
Sacramento San Jose San
Leandro
Stockton
Number of first-time candidates that have taken the VTNE 76 126 76 87 85 53 76
Three-Year Pass Rate 70% 63% 59% 59% 81% 64% 38%

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to set an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Student Life at Carrington College

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance

From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid2.

Tutoring and Study Groups

For help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.

Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork

Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.

Career Services

After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, 415 506 0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at http://www.accjc.org/.

The Veterinary Technology program at Carrington College is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a program for educating veterinary technicians, https://www.avma.org/education/accreditation-veterinary-technicians

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation.

Check Out Our Career Guide On Veterinary Technology

Veterinary technicians offer assistance to veterinarians and their offices. Vet techs enjoy a variety of responsibilities, including assisting veterinarians with animal care during sick visits or handling samples or labs in more research or clinical settings.

Veterinary Technician FAQ

How much does a Vet Technician make?

The median annual wage for Veterinary Technologists and Technicians was $36,260 in May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)3. The lowest 10% earned less than $25,520, and the highest 10% earned more than $52,410. Be advised, salaries for entry-level positions may be lower than the national average. 

How do you become a Veterinary Technician?

To be a Veterinary Technician, some states may need an Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree. And although the rules can vary by location, most states require a credentialing exam–or Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE), offered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. 

Here are a few steps to consider:

  • Step 1: Get a high school diploma or GED equivalent. It could also help to take on classes like classes such as biology, physiology, and chemistry. But if these classes aren’t offered at your school, you can still volunteer at a local animal clinic or shelter.
  • Step 2: Complete an accredited degree program. Please note, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredits both bachelor’s and associate degree programs. 
  • Step 3: Pass the credentialing exam. Many states require passing scores on the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) administered by the American Association of Veterinary State Boards. 

What can I do with a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree?

Earning an Associate Degree from Carrington College can prepare you for several opportunities in an animal facility. Some of which include a:

  • Veterinary Nurse
  • Veterinary Technologist
  • Emergency Veterinary Technician
  • Veterinary Laboratory Technician
  • Internal Medicine Veterinary Technician

To learn more about other career options, visit our program and course overview page.

How much does a Veterinary Technician Associate Degree cost?

The cost of a Veterinary Technology program depends on the school, its location, plus any financial aid you may receive. Use our Net Price Calculator to get a quick estimate of how much your tuition will cost. 

How long is a Vet Tech program?

A Veterinary Technology program may take up to two years to complete, based on the certificate, diploma, or degree standards of your school. At Carrington College, you can earn an Associate Degree and prepare for licensure in as few as 19 months.

How do you become a certified Vet Tech?

If you’re interested in becoming a certified Vet Tech, follow the steps listed in this question above: How do you become a Veterinary Technician?

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Disclaimer

* The College does not guarantee students will successfully pass these exams or be certified or licensed as a result of completing the program.

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited December 13, 2019).  Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
  2. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  3. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-technologists-and-technicians.htm#tab-5