Bakersfield College

Registered Veterinary Technician

Job Skills Certificate

This certificate prepares students for the California Veterinary Medical Board RVT Licensing Exam. Students must also complete the CVMB required clinic hours by working in a veterinary hospital/clinic. Course eligibility expires five years from the time it is completed for the state 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. Students who do not choose to become licensed RVT’s are still able to work in the field as Animal Health Technicians. Career opportunities include Veterinary Technician/Assistant, supply distributor/representative, retail/wholesale sales, and pet groomer.

  • To Achieve the Job Skills Certificate
    Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Registered Veterinary Technician Job Skills Certificate.
  • To Transfer Coursework
    A minimum of 17.5 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.
  • Program Learning Outcomes
    Upon successful completion, the student will
    • demonstrate proficiency in animal care procedures and skills required for employment and enhancement of opportunities and success in the veterinary/pet care industry.
    • master academic proficiency in veterinary medicine needed to obtain a job skills certificate.
    • improve program graduate success rates for passing California Veterinary Medical Board licensing exam.

Total Units: 17.5


Required Courses

Course Number Course Title Units
ANSC B83 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4.0
ANSC B84 Small Animal Diseases 1.5
ANSC B85 Large Animal Diseases 1.5
ANSC B86 Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians 1.5
ANSC B88 Surgery, Dental and Anesthesiology for Veterinary Technicians 1.5
ANSC B90 Emergency Medicine, Surgery/Nursing Procedures for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
ANSC B92 Clinical Pathology for Veterinary Technicians 2.0
ANSC B94 Caged Birds, Laboratory, and Exotic Animal Medicine 2.0
ANSC B96 Radiology, Ultrasound, and Diagnostic Imaging for Veterinary Technology 1.5

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.

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