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Veterinary Technology

Program Description

When you decide to embark on a career in Animal Care you’ll find that the profession is filled with people just like you who share a love of animal welfare. There are few professions that afford workers the same amount of satisfaction and personal development, teamed with a working environment that is always active and interesting.

This course is designed for students to meet entry-level employment requirements as an animal care technician and other related occupations. The course offers training in large and small animal care and includes classroom/laboratory instruction and placement in an internship.

Content includes: comparative anatomy and physiology, basic pet grooming skills, animal restraint, nutrition and housing, medical terminology, species and breed identification, disease control-management and human/animal issues. Qualified students may have the opportunity to work towards their veterinary assistant certification which includes taking a certification exam.

Animal Care students learn:

  • Comparative anatomy and physiology
  • Basic pet grooming skills
  • Animal restraint
  • Nutrition and housing
  • Veterinary terminology
  • Species and breed identification
  • Disease studies and human/animal issues
  • Large and small animal care
  • Classroom/laboratory instruction

Professional Certification opportunities

Certifications offered to students completing the ROC Animal Care program include:

  • Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA), California Veterinary Medical Association

Pre-Requisites

This is an actual college course. Animal Care students should have above average skills in reading and writing and science; a 2.5 or higher grade point average is recommended. Students should also have a solid attendance record and are accountable to both the KHSD and their assigned work site’s dress code.

High School credit available

Students earn 15 units per semester.  10 units Life Science and 5 units elective credit first semester and 15 units elective credit second semester toward their high school graduation.

Bakersfield College dual enrollment program

ROC’s Animal Care Technology course is the same as Bakersfield College’s ANSC B1 Introduction to Animal Science. Students are concurrently enrolled in Bakersfield College, with their ROC grade posted to both their official KHSD and BC transcripts.

Career Pathways and Related Occupations

This is a career awareness class which instructs students on the basics necessary for entry-level employment. Successful Animal Care students often pursue careers in the following:

  • Veterinary Technician
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator
  • Animal Attendant/Kennel Worker
  • Animal Groomer
  • Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
  • Animal Behaviorist/Animal Trainer
  • Humane Educator
  • Humane Law Enforcement/Animal Control Officer
  • Zoologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Kennel Office and Support Staff

 

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Veterinary Tech students have to opportunity to participate in ROC's FFA chapter.