The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) program prepares students for a career as a veterinary assistant. Students take evening courses and work at veterinary hospitals to earn clinical hours. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the state licensing exam.
The veterinarian diagnoses and treats diseases and disorders of animals; determines the nature of disease or injury and treats animals medically or surgically; performs autopsies to determine causes of death; gives advice on care and breeding of animals. Some engage in general practice, some become involved in research and development, while others are active in such fields as consultation, teaching, technical writing, sales or promotion of commercial products, or provide technical services for commercial firms. See also Animal Science Degree programs.
Students are referred to UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine ( www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/students ) and Western University School of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine ( http://prospective.westernu.edu/veterinary/welcome-17/ ) for the most current program information.
Bakersfield College offers a Job Skills Certificate in Registered Veterinary Technology.
This certificate is required by the California Veterinary Medical Board for students to be eligible to take the California Veterinary Medical Board’s Registered Veterinary Technician licensing exam.
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a “C” grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Registered Veterinary Technicians Job Skills Certificate. No General Education courses required for the RVT Certificate. All courses are taught on campus at night by licensed, practicing veterinarians or practicing RVTs.
This is known as an Alternate Route RVT program.
Clinical (lab) hours are earned working in veterinary clinics. For more information, students are encouraged to visit the CVMB website at http://www.vmb.ca.gov/, or contact Gay Gardella at firstname.lastname@example.org.