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Get to Know our Veterinary Technology Program, with our Featured Student Spotlight Series
Get to Know Our Veterinary Technology Program, With Our Featured Student Spotlight Series

If you love animals, and you would like to make a career out of working with them, Central Coast College, in Salinas, California, offers an excellent Veterinary Technology training program!

Why Is Central Coast College a Good Choice for Your Career Training?

If you are looking for practical, skill-based training paired with career placement assistance, you will find it at Central Coast College! CCC offers focused career training programs, achievable in a short amount of time, and a supportive community culture.

Ready to learn more about Central Coast College and our Veterinary Technology program? 

Get to know our Veterinary Technology program, with this edition of our Student Spotlight Series, featuring CCC Veterinary Technology student Guadalupe Esqueda. Read on to learn more about CCC and our Veterinary Technology program, and why so many students just like you choose Central Coast College for their career training!

Guadalupe “Lupita” Esqueda, Veterinary Technology Program

Guadalupe came to Central Coast College to pursue career training. She chose CCC because it was close to home, but also because she found the CCC staff to be so supportive. Guadalupe says, “…from the moment I signed up for the Vet Tech program everyone at the office was very helpful and caring. This made me feel confident in picking Central Coast College as my college.”

Guadalupe chose to pursue Veterinary Technology training because of her love for animals. Of her choice, Guadalupe says, “I also picked out the vet tech program because I love animals and I want to do my all to help and be the voice for those that don’t have a voice to speak up and tell us how they feel.”

Instructor Nancy Jobst chose to highlight Guadalupe for the Student Spotlight because of how impressed she has been with Guadalupe’s work ethic and caring nature. Jobst says, “I chose Lupita because she is always on time or early to class… (she) has a cheerful disposition and is always kind to the animals and classmates. She gets her homework in on time and it is complete. She participates in the class group discussions with thoughtful consideration and interesting ideas. Lupita helps other classmates with technology and studying.” Jobst also feels Guadalupe has great potential for success in her future career, saying, ”I anticipate that she will be diligent when she does her externship, and she will be hired right away. I would like to work with her in the future and I would tell potential employers that fact.”

The Veterinary Technology Program at Central Coast College

CCC’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.).

After completing their program, Central Coast College graduates enter the job market with confidence, thanks to the support of CCC’s Career Services department. Central Coast College is committed to assisting our program graduates in the pursuit of stable, rewarding employment, and 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, CCC instructors and Career Services staff consistently seek to assist students with employment opportunities prior to and after graduation. At Central Coast College 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.

Why Should You Choose Central Coast College for Your Veterinary Career Training?

Students like Guadalupe choose Central Coast College for their Veterinary Technology training because CCC’s program provides the competitive skills needed for success in today’s job market. At Central Coast College, you will find a focused, comprehensive training program, a supportive community culture, and hands-on competitive skills training. With Central Coast College, you can gain the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you need to enter the job market with confidence. If you are ready to take the next step towards your career in veterinary technology, call Central Coast College at 831-424-6767 or click here to get started today!

Choose Central Coast College for Your Veterinary Career Training!

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