Top Veterinary Technology Degree Programs - San Jose, CA

Students interested in studying veterinary technology in San Jose have only a few schools to choose from. Read about the top local schools' degree and certificate programs, tuition and graduation info to find the right one for you.

School and Ranking Information

Individuals interested in studying veterinary technology in San Jose have nearly a dozen options. Foothill College, Carrington College California - San Jose and Carrington College California - San Leandro are the closest schools that offer this program.

  • Winner: Foothill College is the only public college in the San Jose area that offers programs in veterinary technology and earns the first spot on this list for its low tuition and campus facilities. The next two schools are both campuses of Carrington College, a private for-profit school.
  • Runner-Up #1: Carrington College California - San Jose campus earns second place on this list due to its location right in San Jose and the high number of credentials awarded in this field.
  • Runner-Up #2: In third place, Carrington College California - San Leandro had the highest graduation rate among the three schools.

Veterinary technicians in California are required to pass an exam and apply for state licensure to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. To be eligible for the exam, candidates must complete an approved education program or meet specific education and clinical experience requirements. All three of the schools in this article have programs accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities and meet the education requirements for the licensure exam.

School Comparison Chart

Category Foothill College Carrington College California - San Jose Carrington College California - San Leandro
Location Los Altos Hills, CA (about 12 miles from downtown San Jose) San Jose, CA San Leandro, CA (about 28.3 miles from downtown San Jose)
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; private for-profit 2-year; private for-profit
Tuition & Fees (2012-13) $1,536 (per year, in-state); $6,351 (per year, out-of-state)* $30,694 (full 23-month program)* $30,694 (full 21-month program)*
Veterinary Technician Programs Offered Associate's degree Associate's degree Associate's degree
Veterinary Technician Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-12 50* 54* 33*
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2009 Entering Class 56%* 63%* 59%*
Noteworthy Campus has animal facility licensed by the U.S.D.A. Students work with live animals in campus laboratory Operating veterinary technology lab

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.

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Winner: Foothill College

  • According to the school, graduates have a 97.4% pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE)
  • In 2013, graduates had a 75% pass rate on the California RVT exam, according to the Veterinary Medical Board
  • 8% of 2011-12 graduates earned degree in veterinary technology

Foothill College offers an associate's degree program in veterinary technology that is part of the college's Division of Biological and Health Science. Program applicants are evaluated on a point-based system with a small percentage of students chosen by lottery. The 94-credit associate's degree program includes courses in medical terminology, clinical skills, animal care and pharmacology. The school also offers a 13-credit veterinary assisting certificate program.

Runner-Up #1: Carrington College California - San Jose

  • 27% of 2011-12 graduates earned a degree in veterinary technology
  • Graduates had a 22% pass rate on the 2014 California RVT exam, according to the Veterinary Medical Board

Carrington College California - San Jose also offers an associate's degree program in veterinary technology. The program integrate practical instruction with theoretical training. Although not a pre-veterinary program, coursework covers topics such as biology, anatomy, physiology and chemistry. The clinical work includes working with live animals in the campus laboratory and with animal simulators. Students learn how to obtain patient information, maintain medical records, collect laboratory specimens and assist in various diagnostic, surgical and medical procedures. Program graduates are eligible to take the state board examination to become a registered veterinary technician.

Runner-Up #2: Carrington College California - San Leandro

  • Small student body population
  • 44% of 2011-12 graduates earned a degree in veterinary technology
  • 42% of graduates passed the 2013 California RVT exam, according to the Veterinary Medical Board

Carrington College California - San Leandro, about 28 miles from downtown San Jose, offers an Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology program. The curriculum includes laboratory training with live animals and animal simulators to give students the skills, confidence and experience to work as an entry-level veterinary technician. Coursework includes topics in biology, physiology, anatomy and chemistry.


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