Animal Health Technology Program


Career Education

This is a Career Education Program. According to the California Department of Education, Career Education is a program of study that involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to postsecondary education and careers.


The Animal Health Technology program prepares students for careers in the veterinary medical arena. The program is approved by the California Department of Consumer Affairs and the Veterinary Medical Board. Graduates may become Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVT) upon passing an Animal Health Technology examination offered by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

Eligibility for enrollment in this program is determined by a special admission procedure. Interested persons should call the Special Programs Admissions Clerk in the Admissions Office at 619-388-2684.

Work Experience Requirement

Students accepted into this program will be required to successfully complete a clinically-based work experience course held in animal health care facilities. These facilities may require background checks, including fingerprinting, as a condition of placement at the clinic.

Refusal to submit to a background check, or failure to meet clearance criteria established by the animal health care facility, may prevent placement at a work experience site and thus, it may not be possible to successfully complete the program.

Animal health care facilities also require adherence to strict standards of conduct. Facilities may refuse educational access to any person who does not adhere to the facility’s standards of safety, health and ethical behavior. This may be cause for removal from the program.

Award Type Units
Associate of Science Degree:  
Animal Health Technology 42*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Program Goals

The goal of the Animal Health Technology program is to train students to:

  • Properly and safely restrain the various species commonly seen in veterinary medicine.
  • Properly and accurately perform a thorough physical exam on the various species seen in veterinary medicine.
  • Properly record the results of a physical exam using medical terminology.
  • Properly and accurately collect, analyze, and interpret blood, urine, and fecal samples from small animals, exotics, pocket pets, avians and large animals.
  • Produce a series of diagnostic radiographs in common domestic species.
  • Induce anesthesia, monitor the patient during the procedure, and then recover the animal completely from the anesthetic and surgical event.

Career Options

Career options for graduates of the Animal Health Technology program include employment in private veterinary facilities, bio-medical research institutions, regulatory agencies, zoological parks, pharmaceutical companies, and the animal nutrition industry.

Associate of Science Degree

Animal Health Technology

Students must obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program prerequisites, or their equivalents.

For graduation requirements see Requirements for the Associate Degree.

Electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Program Prerequisites: Units
BIOL 107 General Biology - Lecture and Laboratory 4
CHEM 100 Fundamentals of Chemistry 3
CHEM 100L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory 1
Courses Required for the Major: Units
ANHL 100A Animal Care and Management 1.5
ANHL 100B Advanced Animal Care and Management 1.5
ANHL 115 Veterinary Office Procedures 2
ANHL 125 Veterinary Clinical Pathology 3
ANHL 125L Veterinary Clinical Pathology Laboratory 2
ANHL 135 Veterinary Pharmacology 2
ANHL 140 Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology 2
ANHL 145 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology 3
ANHL 145L Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology Lab 1
ANHL 155 Fundamentals of Animal Health Technology 3.5
ANHL 155L Fundamentals of Animal Health Technology Laboratory 2
ANHL 205 Diseases of Domestic Animals 3
ANHL 215 Veterinary Radiography 3
ANHL 215L Veterinary Radiography Laboratory 1
ANHL 225 Animal Nursing Techniques and Anesthesiology 3
ANHL 227 Veterinary Surgical and Nursing Procedures Lab 1
ANHL 229 Advanced Surgical Nursing Procedures Lab 1
ANHL 260 Laboratory Animal Medicine 2
ANHL 260L Laboratory Animal Medicine Laboratory 0.5
ANHL 270 Veterinary Work Experience 4
Total Units = 42

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes