School and Ranking Information
The only public school near Stockton, CA, with a program for veterinary technicians is a 2-year college in Modesto. The college was chosen as the best school in the area for veterinarian technicians based upon its proximity to Stockton, the quality of its certificate program and affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition rates.
- Winner: Modesto Junior College is located just a little under 30 miles away from downtown Stockton in the midsized city of Modesto. Through the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, the school is fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges and awards a Certificate of Achievement: Veterinary Technician.
School Info Chart
|Category||Modesto Junior College|
|School Type||2-year; public|
|Tuition and Fees (2019-2020)|| Undergraduate:
|Veterinary Technician Awards Offered||Certificate|
|Veterinary Technician Awards Conferred (all levels) in 2018-2019||44*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class||22%*|
|Noteworthy||Qualified graduates of the veterinary technician program can sit for the California Registered Veterinary Technician test after completing between two and three years of experience in the field|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Modesto Junior College
- Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department offers scholarships
- Students in the agricultural department can work 12 hours a week for internship experience and free housing
- Extracurricular activities include a student animal science club
Modest Junior College, established in 1921, is one of the oldest community-based institutions in California and enrolls over 18,000 students a year. It offers 88 associate degree and 93 certificate programs through ten academic divisions, including the Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Department on the East Campus. In addition to the certificate for veterinary technicians, the department offers programs in animal and dairy science, farming, horticulture and natural resources. Among the college's special facilities is the Agricultural Center for Education (ACE Pavilion).
The 17-credit certificate program takes approximately one year to complete, after which students qualify as Certified Veterinary Technicians. Requirements include courses in animal anatomy, physiology and terminology; emergency and pharmaceutical procedures; animal handling and nursing. Students also learn how to assist during dental and surgical operations, handle equipment and instruments in a safe manner and become familiar with the protocols used in labs and medical offices. While not required for the certificate, aspiring veterinary technicians can take electives in large animal health and science, biology or veterinary technology.