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Contact: Agricultural SciencesTitle: DepartmentContact: agsci@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook 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 department offers a comprehensive agricultural sciences program and is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. Students who intend to transfer should check the lower division requirements in the catalog of the college or university which they plan to attend and also the semester and year in which courses are offered.

These programs are intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with the Program Director, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

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 vivariums, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements of this program are eligible to take the appropriate licensing exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Students wishing to be admitted into the second-year courses will need to meet with the Program Director one semester prior to fill out application and to make sure all program requirements have been met.

Required Courses

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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
      $30.04

      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
      $41,673.00
      Annual Job Openings
      1,254

      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 post-operative 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
      $21.79

      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
      $32,310.52
      Annual Job Openings
      2,633

      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 department offers a comprehensive agricultural sciences program and is unique in that most courses provide hands-on experience designed to give the student a combination of practical skills and technical knowledge. Students who intend to transfer should check the lower division requirements in the catalog of the college or university which they plan to attend and also the semester and year in which courses are offered.

    These programs are intended to prepare students for employment following graduation. Students desiring a bachelor’s degree (transfer program) should consult with the Program Director, counselor or advisor to discuss transferability of courses.

    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 vivariums, animal shelters, and other animal care agencies. Students who satisfactorily complete the requirements of this program are eligible to take the appropriate licensing exam to become a Registered Veterinary Technician.

    Students wishing to be admitted into the second-year courses will need to meet with the Program Director one semester prior to fill out application and to make sure all program requirements have been met.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Required Courses, 1st year
    AGAN 1Animal Science3
    AGAN 2Animal Nutrition3
    AGAN 51Animal Handling and Restraint3
    AGHE 54Veterinary Office Procedures3
    AGHE 64Veterinary Pharmacology3
    AGHE 79Laboratory Animal Medicine and Care3
    AGHE 86Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals4
    AGLI 96Animal Sanitation and Disease Control3
    Required Courses, 2nd year
    AGHE 60Medical Nursing and Animal Care4
    AGHE 61Animal Surgical Nursing4
    AGHE 62AClinical Pathology3
    AGHE 62BClinical Pathology2
    AGHE 65Veterinary Radiography2
    AGHE 84BApplied Animal Health Procedures1
    AGHE 85Seminar in Registered Veterinary Technology1
    AGHE 83AWork Experience in Veterinary Technology 14
    Required Electives
    Choose six units from the following:6
    AGAN 94
    Animal Breeding
    AGLI 12
    Exotic Animal Management
    AGLI 14
    Swine Production
    AGLI 16
    Horse Production and Management
    AGLI 17
    Sheep Production
    AGLI 18
    Horse Ranch Management
    AGLI 19
    Horse Hoof Care
    AGLI 30
    Beef Production
    AGPE 70
    Pet Shop Management
    AGPE 71
    Canine Management
    AGPE 72
    Feline Management
    AGPE 73
    Tropical and Coldwater Fish Management
    AGPE 74
    Reptile Management
    AGPE 76
    Aviculture - Cage and Aviary Birds
    Total Units52

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