Registered Veterinary Technician
The Registered Veterinary Technician Program is a two‐semester program, held evenings
and Saturday afternoons. Its goal is to provide the educational requirements which,
in conjunction with the required practical experience in a clinical setting, will
qualify veterinary assistants to sit for the RVT exam under the Alternate Route category.
We strongly advise applicants to be currently employed as veterinary assistants because
of the Veterinary Medical Board's five-year timeline for both the educational requirements
and the directed clinical experience.
Additionally, to be eligible to take the examination to become a Registered Veterinary
Technician in California, the applicant must be at least 18 years of age. A grade
of “C” or better in the veterinary technician classes is required to progress in the
Applicants to the Registered Veterinary Technician program must complete the following
prerequisite classes (or equivalent) with a grade of "C" or better.
- CHEM 120 (or the equivalent)
- BIOL 100 (or the equivalent)
- Eligibility for MATH 311
If you are taking a prerequisite class during the application period and will complete
the class with a "C" or better, this must be documented with a letter from your teacher.
If you have problems or questions meeting the prerequisites in time for the upcoming
fall semester, contact Rich Seidenberg, RVT coordinator, at email@example.com.
To apply for the Registered Veterinary Technician Program, submit a completed RVT
program application. RVT program applications are available starting in April of each
year. Students will be notified by email when their application has been processed.
If you receive an offer of admission into the RVT program, it will include an "Admission
Offer Acceptance Form.” This acceptance form must be completed, signed, and turned
in to the Life & Physical Sciences office (bldg. M, room 207 on the Santa Maria campus)
or online by the specified date in order to be able to register for classes. 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 31, 2013, at 3 p.m. No exceptions will be made!
Program Application requirements:
- Apply online for admission to Allan Hancock College
- Complete the RVT Program Application PDF.
- Submit a high school transcript or GED certificate plus 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.
- Provide a current email address that will be used to notify you regarding your application
status. All updates will be emailed to the address provided, including your wait-list
Rich Seidenberg, RVT coordinator
805-922-6966 ext. 3480
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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