Registered Veterinary Technician

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Program Overview

The Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) Program is a two‐semester program, held weekday evenings. One of its goals is to provide the educational requirements which, in conjunction with the required clinical practice experience, will qualify veterinary assistants to sit for the RVT exam under the Alternate Route category.

An additional goal of the RVT program is to provide to those students, without any clinical veterinary experience, the knowledge and skills to help them gain entrance into the workforce as a veterinary assistant.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all of the veterinary technician classes in order to qualify for a “Certificate of Achievement”.

Alternate Route Eligibility Category for the RVT licensing examination

Under the Alternate Route, a candidate for the state and national board examinations must complete a combination of at least 4416 hours of directed clinical practice in no less than 24 months under the direct supervision of a California-licensed veterinarian and 300 hours (or 20 semester or 30 quarter units) of specific education. RVT candidates must document their proficiency in specific areas of their clinical experience by submitting a Task List signed by a supervising veterinarian. Both the RVT specific courses and the directed clinical practice must have been completed no more than five years prior to applying for the licensing exam. General subjects such as chemistry, math, and biology may have been completed any time prior to applying. Applicants for the state licensing exams must be at least 18 years of age.

Program Requirements

Applicants to the Registered Veterinary Technician program must have completed the following prerequisite classes (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better.

  • CHEM 120 (or the equivalent)
  • BIOL 100 (or the equivalent)

Fall semester – 10 units
RVT 301 Veterinary Anatomy/Physiology & Terminology - 3 units
RVT 302 Veterinary Office Procedures - 2 units
RVT 303 Veterinary Pharmacology - 2 units
RVT 304 Clinical Pathology & Microbiology - 3 units

Spring semester – 10 units
RVT 305 Medical Nursing and Animal Care - 4 units
RVT 306 Surgical Nursing & Dentistry - 4 units
RVT 307 Veterinary Equipment and Radiography - 2 units

Allan Hancock College will offer a Certificate of Achievement once the student has completed the program.


To apply for the Registered Veterinary Technician Program, submit a completed RVT program application. Students will be notified through their AHC e-mail regarding acceptance into the program.

The completed application packet is due in the Life & Physical Sciences office (bldg. M, rm 207) by April 1, 2016. 

Students are eligible for BOG and state funds but not federal Pell Grants or federal loans. For further financial aid assistance, visit

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Richard Seidenberg, DVM
RVT Program Coordinator
805-922-6966 ext. 3480

Life & Physical Sciences Office Hours

Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

closed during the summer.

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