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Pre-Veterinary Technician

The Pre-Veterinary Technician program is designed to prepare individuals to enter the animal health care field. Students will become familiar with anatomy, physiology and basic terminology. Areas of training are: safety and zoonotic diseases, restraint techniques, physical examination and patient history, client education and dental care. The program includes both theory and practical application of skills and concepts. Students will gain hands on experience in area clinics. After completion of the program, the student is well prepared to enter a college vet tech program or have a good start on their way to becoming a veterinarian.

Career Opportunities

  • Private clinics / hospitals
  • Humane societies
  • Biomedical research
  • Herd managers
  • Zoo and wildlife management
  • Veterinary supply and sales
  • Military service
  • Diagnostic labs
  • Veterinary training hospitals

Certification Opportunities: Progress towards Associates of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technician at Yakima Valley Community College

Pre-requisites: Junior/senior standing. Returning students must have a B or better their first year and instructor approval.

Sessions offered: AM Session – 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. PM Session – 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Length of program: 1-2 years

Location: Tri-Tech

Equivalency Credits: 0.5 Technical English 1 or 2, 1.0 Lab Science

Occupational/Elective Credits: 3 per year

College credits available: 2 college credits



Kim Anderson

Rochele Landymore

Pre-Vet Instructional Assistant