Registered Veterinary Technician
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.
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
RVT 308 Seminar for Registered Veterinary Technicians - 1 unit (optional)
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. RVT program applications are available starting in February of
each year. Students will be notified by email regarding acceptance into the program.
An alternate list will be maintained, from which available openings will be filled.
The completed application packet is due in the Life & Physical Sciences office (bldg.
M, rm 207) by May 1, 2015. No exceptions will be made!
Program Application requirements:
- Apply online for admission to Allan Hancock College
- Complete the RVT Program ApplicationPDF
- Submit any post-secondary transcripts needed to satisfy the program course requirements
(or the equivalent). Only official transcripts are accepted.
- Send official transcripts to:
Allan Hancock College Transcript Evaluator
Admissions & Records Office
800 South College Drive, Santa Maria, CA 93454-6399
- Submit course outlines or descriptions of any courses used as prerequisite equivalents.
- Your AHC email address will be used to notify you regarding your application status.
All updates will be emailed to the address provided, including your wait-list status.
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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