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Train to become a veterinary technician in as few as 19 months.

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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. It’s a rewarding career for those who love animals.

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

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Receive hands-on training from experienced instructors

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

There is a broad range of financial assistance options for those who qualify

Prepare for the Veterinary Technician National Examination**

Conveniently offered at 6 locations in California.

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Career Opportunities

The job outlook for veterinary technicians is incredibly strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterinary technologists and technicians is expected to increase 15% between 2020 and 2030. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.¹

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.

The job market for veterinary technicians is growing.1


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 organizations.¹

About The 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.

Courses Taken By Our Veterinary Technology Students

The following vet tech courses include both general education and theory and practice in veterinary technology:

  • VT 120 Veterinary Applied Sciences — This course introduces students to practical skills essential to the veterinary technologist. The course includes instruction in medical records, physical examination, blood, lymph and immunity, laboratory diagnostics, pharmacology, and parasitology concepts.
  • VT 121 Companion Animal Diseases — This course covers common animal diseases and treatment for multiple body systems of various species. Included is instruction in pathology and oncology, clinical microbiology, necropsy, wound management, periodontal disease, and ocular conditions. Additionally, students will be instructed in diseases and pharmacology as treatment for the urinary, respiratory, reproductive, nervous, musculoskeletal, integumentary, endocrine, digestive, and cardiovascular systems.
  • VT 131 Anesthesia for Veterinary Technicians — This course covers all aspects of anesthesia including anesthetic agents, adjuncts, and patient preparation. Students will continue to explore anesthetic equipment and how it relates to anesthetic monitoring. Special techniques and considerations for various species will be covered as well as anesthetic problems and emergencies.
  • VT 141 Veterinary Technology Specialties — This course introduces students to special aspects of veterinary medicine, including emergency care of the critically ill patient. General care, anatomy and physiology, and surgical and medical nursing of avian, reptile, and small mammal species will be covered. This course may include a variety of guest speakers and requires that students participate in onsite laboratories and/or field trips for hands-on practice.

Program Locations

  • Citrus Heights, California
  • Pleasant Hill, California
  • Sacramento, California
  • San Jose, California
  • San Leandro, California
  • Stockton, California

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