In 1972 Yuba College offered the Veterinary Technology program to Yuba Sutter residents; a program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In the past five years Yuba College’s Veterinary Technology program has become one to rival that of other colleges across the nation thanks to the strong guidance of Dr. Scott Haskell and Bonnie Loghry, BAS, RVT.
Veterinary medicine is a highly specialized field and the demand for qualified professionals is expected to increase. Employment in this field can range from the private sector to the public sector. Animal shelters, humane societies, biomedical, diagnostic laboratories, public health, USDA (food safety, plant and animal inspections), zoos and aquariums are just a few of the places looking for veterinary technicians.
Aware of this and of the need to provide state of the art care for animals, Haskell and Loghry increased the program from six classes to twenty seven classes. All aspects of veterinary technology are taught, everything from surgical procedures, radiology, dental care, surgical nursing to diagnostic testing. The program emphasizes shelter medicine, laboratory animal medicine and public health, which includes food safety.
The Veterinary Technology program is a two year course of study, once the prerequisites are completed. Upon graduation students receive an Associate of Science degree and are ready to take state exam and become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). Students can transfer to a university and received a Bachelors degree as Veterinary Technologist.
In 2013 California will adopt the national licensing exam, however at this time it is possible to have your state licensing scores transfer to other states in preparation of working in that state.
Yuba College offers Certificates of Achievement for the following classes: Veterinary Receptionist/Assistant, and Veterinary Public Health and Food Safety. Certificate course work is done online with the exception of the internship, which would be arranged with a local veterinarian. These courses prepare you to work in a veterinary office as a receptionist/assistant, but not as a licensed technician.
If you are interested in any of these programs go to vettech.yccd.edu for information how to apply to the program.