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About Foothill College

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Foothill College is located on El Monte Road in Los Altos Hills, just off Interstate 280, about 40 miles south of San Francisco and 20 miles north of San Jose. Since opening in 1958, Foothill College has been recognized as one of the nation’s outstanding community colleges. In keeping with its philosophy of educational opportunity for all, Foothill College offers outstanding instruction and student support services, including counseling, tutoring and financial aid. The Veterinary Technology Program is offered by the Biological & Health Sciences Division. The program is directed by Karl Peter, D.V.M. Program questions should be directed to Kathleen DePaolo, (650) 949-7818. For application materials and more extensive program information, access vettech.

Foothill-De Anza Community College District Board of Trustees Joan Barram; Betsy Bechtel; Pearl Cheng; Laura Casas Frier; Bruce Swenson; Erica Anderson, Foothill Student Trustee; Isabelle Barrientos Vargas, De Anza Student Trustee

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Career Opportunities

Scope of the Veterinary Technology Program The Foothill College Veterinary Technology Program is a demanding and academically challenging two-year accredited program that trains and prepares you for employment as a registered veterinary technician. Graduates earn the Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology, and are then eligible to take the California State Registered Veterinary Technician Licensing Examination and Veterinary Technician National Examination. The program is not a pre-veterinary medicine or veterinary medicine curriculum. General program information, frequently asked questions, admission criteria, and application materials are available at the Veterinary Technology Program Web site: You should think of the program as having three parts: 1. Foothill College General Education Requirements, 2. Required Science Courses, and 3. Veterinary Technology Courses. Some students elect to attend college part time and complete all the general education and required science courses prior to applying for admission to the Veterinary Technology Program. Others choose to attend college full time and complete all required courses in two years. Most successful students complete the general education requirements before starting the program. Contact the program director or a Foothill counselor for assistance in planning the approach that is best for you. To consult with a counselor, visit

• High school graduation or a valid G.E.D.; • Eligibility for ESL 26 or ENGL 1A; • High school algebra or MATH 220 or placement into MATH 105 (or higher) on the Foothill Math Placement Test; and • High school general biology or BIOL 10. • High school general chemistry is recommended, not required.

The demand for registered veterinary technicians is high nationwide. A recent survey by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education & Activities shows the number of positions advertised is nearly 10 times the number of qualified job applicants. Graduates can find employment in many sectors, including small and large private animal practice, clinical laboratories, education, government, research, and the biomedical industry. Starting salaries for a new graduate technician range from $15–$18 per hour. A registered veterinary technician with three to five years of experience generally earns $18–$25 per hour. Highly skilled and licensed technicians with management ability, those employed in the biomedical industry, or as educators, commonly earn more than $25 per hour. Benefits vary widely, with larger veterinary practices and corporations providing the most attractive packages.

Students are admitted to the program once each year in the Fall Quarter. Application materials are available online and in the Biological & Health Sciences Division Office in midSeptember and must be submitted along with all supporting documents by June 1. Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the program by July 15.

Working as a Registered Veterinary Technician

Application Process

The responsibilities assigned to veterinary technicians vary and are regulated by the State Board of Veterinary Examiners. Duties often include: • Nursing care of hospitalized animals; • History taking, physical examination and assessment; • Administering medications and fluids; • Performing a wide range of technical tasks, such as drawing blood, and applying bandages, casts and splints; • Assisting in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; • Collecting and analyzing clinical specimens in the laboratory; • Performing radiological and dental procedures; • Anesthesiology, surgical assisting and suturing; • Office and hospital management; • Biomedical research; and • Client counseling and education.

1. All minimum prerequisites must be completed prior to application for admission into the program. If courses are “in progress” at the time of application, verification of satisfactory completion of those courses will be required before a final acceptance is determined.

Costs The Veterinary Technology Program costs the student less than $5,000 to complete. Exact costs vary depending on the amount of college-level coursework you have completed prior to entering the program. Other costs include quarterly student fees, textbooks and syllabi, notebooks and supplies, name tag and smock, and materials fees in some courses. Assistance in the form of scholarships, grants and special programs may be available. For more information, call the Financial Aid Office at (650) 949-7245.

Minimum Requirements for Admission • Completion of Foothill’s VT 51 course with a grade of C or better. You must complete this prior to or be in progress at the time of application for admission to the program;

How to Apply to the Program

2. General application to or enrollment at Foothill College does not imply acceptance into the Veterinary Technician Program. Registration for program courses is not possible until you have been notified in writing of official acceptance into the program. 3. You will be notified of the final status of your application by mail by July 15. 4. You must meet program technical standards, which can be found online with the application materials packet. 5. To review specific details, access the current application online at Note: Practicing unregistered assistants may be eligible for selected courses. All courses may be used to fulfill the requirements for the alternate route to state board exam eligibility.

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Requirements for Foothill College's Veterinary Technology Program

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