What Will You Do This Summer?
Start Your Veterinary Technician Career, With CCC!
Summer is finally here! The sun is out, and the days are long. What will you do this summer? With Central Coast College, you can get started on your way to a new career this summer! If you enjoy the sciences, working with animals, and have a passion to grow your skills into a veterinary career, CCC’s Veterinary Technology program is enrolling now!
Veterinary technicians are a vital part of the veterinary team, responsible for assisting veterinarians and scientists and performing medical tests that help diagnose animals’ injuries and illnesses. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, veterinary technicians are ranked among the fastest growing occupations. The BLS projects that employment for veterinary technicians will grow 20% over the 2021-2031 decade – adding as many as 24,000 new jobs to the economy (BLS 2022). As of 2021, veterinary assistants held about 122,800 jobs in the U.S. economy, with employment in veterinary clinics and hospitals, research facilities and laboratories, animal shelters, wildlife refuges, and zoos.
Central Coast College’s Veterinary Technology program is designed to teach students the theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills to enter this rewarding career path. Through the Veterinary Technology program, CCC students are prepared for professional certification and immediate entry-level employment as Veterinary Technicians. CCC’s Veterinary Technology program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (A.V.M.A-C.V.T.E.A), and is the only C.V.T.E.A.-accredited program offered in the Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz tri-county area.
The Veterinary Technology program has a total program length of 84 weeks (two academic years). In the first year, students complete the Veterinary Assistant program, and in the second year students fulfill the requirements for an Associate of Applied Science (AAS degree) in Veterinary Technology. Courses in the Veterinary Technology program include Veterinary Management, Veterinary Pathology, Veterinary Dentistry, Diagnostic Imaging, and Pharmacology. Through a combination of quality curriculum delivered by experienced faculty, and hands-on skills training in on-campus labs and through an externship, CCC students learn:
- Proper restraining techniques
- Assisting with radiology and ultrasound imaging
- Maintaining and sterilizing equipment and facilities
- Administering some medications and immunizations
- Grooming procedures
- Maintaining medical records and taking patient history
- First Aid and CPR training
Upon completion of the program, graduates receive their Associate’s of Applied Science (AAS), Veterinary Technology degree, and are prepared for immediate entry-level employment. Graduates will also possess the skills and knowledge to test for the National and State Veterinary Technician examinations. Upon successfully passing the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) and California State Veterinary Technician Examinations, graduates of the Veterinary Technology program are eligible for State licensing as a Registered Veterinary Technician (R.V.T.).
At Central Coast College, our goal is to help you make your career goals a reality. Graduates of the Veterinary Technology program make the transition from graduate to working professional backed by the support of our Career Services department. The Career Services department provides every student with a wide range of career support services, including resume writing assistance, job searching and networking, interviewing skills, and comprehensive job placement assistance. While the school cannot guarantee employment upon graduation, we are committed to offering both a quality educational experience, and individualized job placement assistance, so graduates can utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained to successfully enter their chosen career fields.
If you love animals, and you would like to make a career out of working with them, a career as a Veterinary Technician could be a great career choice for you! With Central Coast College’s Veterinary Technology program, you can get started on your way this summer! Central Coast College, located in Salinas, California, is an excellent choice for your career training. Contact our Admissions Department to find out how you can get started on your way to a Veterinary Technician career this summer. Give Central Coast College a call at 831-424-6767 today!
Your Veterinary Technician Career Starts This Summer, With CCC!