Apply Now for 2014-15 Registered Veterinary Technician Program

The next two-semester program begins fall 2014.

2014RegVetTechJANUARY 30, 2014 -- Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 veterinary technician (RVT) program at Allan Hancock College.  The two-semester program begins fall semester 2014 (August 18), with classes held weekday evenings.

“Until last fall, there was no place on the Central Coast for veterinary assistants to learn the necessary skills to become a registered veterinary technician,” said Richard Seidenberg, DVM, instructor and coordinator of the RVT program at Hancock (pictured above, center).  “There is a big demand for this program.  We have full enrollment in the first year of the program.  Many of the students work during the day in a veterinary hospital and then attend the program in the evening.  I’m very proud of how highly motivated and committed these students are.”

The program provides the education requirements needed to become a registered veterinary technician under the Alternate Route eligibility category of the California Veterinary Medical Board.  Because of the five-year timeline for both educational and clinical experience required by the Veterinary Medical Board, it is highly recommended that applicants be currently employed as veterinary assistants before applying to the RVT program.

During the two-semester program, students are led through a hands-on curriculum designed to enhance their working knowledge and technical skills.  In addition to dental care, radiography, anesthesia and surgical assisting, students learn more specific skills such as suturing techniques and applying casts and splints.

“A veterinary technician has more education and hands-on training and can be entrusted with more responsibility,” Seidenberg explained.  “The benefit to veterinarians is a more highly skilled staff and a more efficient practice.”

In addition to increased responsibility, registered veterinary technicians can expect a pay increase of up to 20 to 30 percent over a veterinary assistant, Seidenberg said.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012, there is an expected 30 percent growth rate in employment over the next 10 years for registered veterinary technicians.  

For more information and to apply for the RVT program, go to, click Programs of Study, then Registered Veterinary Technician, or contact Seidenberg at 922-6966 ext. 3480 or

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