Vet Tech Schools In California

Browse below to learn how to become a veterinary technician (vet tech) in California including advice on top schools, certification and licensing requirements, salaries and employment data.

How to become a Veterinary Technician in California

Licensing, certification and registration requirements for veterinary technicians varies by state.

If you wish to become a vet tech in California it is a requirement that you have graduated from an accredited veterinary technician/technology program.

Once you have graduated from an accredited program you will need to pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) exams – which are administered by the American Association of Veterinary – if you wish to work as a vet tech in California. As a final step you will need to obtain your license before securing employment as a veterinary technician.

Accredited Vet Tech Programs in California

SchoolAreaDegree Level 
California State Polytechnic UniversityPomona, CABachelor in Animal Health Science
Carrington CollegeCitrus Heights Campus, CAAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegePleasant HillAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegePomona, CAAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegeSacramento, CAAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegeSan JoseAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegeSan LeandroAssociate in Science
Carrington CollegeStocktonAssociate in Science
Central Coast CollegeSalinas CAAssociate of Applied Science
Cosumnes River CollegeSacramento, CAAssociate in Science
Foothill CollegeLos Altos Hills, CAAssociate in Science
Los Angeles Pierce CollegeWoodland Hills, CAAssociate in Science
Mount San Antonio CollgeWalnut, CAAssociate in Science
Pima Medical InstitureChula Vista, CAAssociate of Applied Science
Platt CollegeAlhambra, CAAssociate in Science
Platt CollegeAnaheim, CAAssociate in Science
Platt CollegeOntario, CAAssociate of Science
Platt CollegeRiverside, CAAssociate of Science
San Jaoquin Valley CollegeFresno, CAAssociate of Science
Stanbridge UniversityIrvine, CAAssociate of Science

There are currently 20 accredited veterinary technician programs in California.

Programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).

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California Vet Tech Licensing Requirements

Once you have successfully graduated from an accredited program and passed all necessary certification examinations you will need to apply for your veterinary technician license in California.

The California Veterinary Medical Board can provide more specific information on all the necessary certification and licensing requirements. You can contact them directly using the contact details below:

Address: 1747 N. Market Boulevard, Suite 230, Sacramento, CA 95834-2934
Phone: 916-515-5220

Vet Tech Salary California

Average Vet Tech Salary$39,690
Hourly Wage$19.08
Top 10% of Earners$58,600
Bottom 10% of Earners$25,500
#'s Employed9,780

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data (May 2017) the average veterinary technician salary in California is $39,690 – 14% above the national average of $34,710.

This  represents an hourly wage of $19.08.

There are currently 9,780 persons employed as veterinary technicians in California.

California Vet Tech Employment and Salaries by Metro Area

If a career as a veterinary technician in California strongly appeals to you then it is a great time to pursue your dreams. The demand for vet techs has been steadily on the increase over the last ten years and is projected to grow by 14.7% over the coming years with an additional 14,330 jobs predicted to be created in the sector between 2016 and 2024.

The table below details salary and employment levels of veterinary technicians in the main towns and cities in California.

Metro AreaAverage SalaryHourly WageTop 10%Bottom 10%# Employed
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA$41,260$19.84$61,150$25,9801,180
Bakersfield, CA$29,940$14.40$45,030$21,720170
Chico, CA$36,420$17.51$46,980$26,87070
Fresno, CA$34,250$16.47$43,340$26,780110
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA$40,630$19.54$60,390$26,2802,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA$40,190$19.32$58,580$26,6101,670
Modesto, CA$32,200$15.48$39,690$23,470190
Napa, CA$38,120$18.33$50,650$26,86030
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA$42,670$20.52$56,680$32,840720
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA$40,830$19.63$59,600$25,520-
Redding, CA$33,990$16.34$47,960$23,21090
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA$46,600$22.40$61,200$33,970520
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA$29,060$13.97$37,020$22,9701,190
Salinas, CA$38,110$18.32$49,260$27,540130
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA$44,290$21.29$61,630$29,860-
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA$44,430$21.36$60,420$32,3101,180
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA$47,960$23.06$62,190$24,810360
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA$43,560$20.94$62,240$25,470540
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA$38,260$18.40$49,270$26,72050
San Rafael, CA$44,360$21.33$68,910$29,330100
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA$46,740$22.47$61,700$28,330150
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA$40,830$19.63$54,400$30,090110
Santa Rosa, CA$41,890$20.14$50,800$32,610290
Stockton-Lodi, CA$33,230$15.98$48,060$23,660190
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA$37,430$17.99$60,400$23,660110
Visalia-Porterville, CA$28,170$13.54$36,220$22,32080

Vet Tech V’s Related Careers

The first table compares salary and employment data between veterinary technicians and veterinarians and veterinary assistants in California.

 Salary# Employed
Vet Tech$39,6909,780
Vet Assistant$31,22011,410

The table below compares average veterinary technician salary and employment in California with salary levels for related healthcare careers in the state.

 Salary# Employed          
Vet Tech$39,6909,780
Medical Assistants$36,63089,910
Nursing Assistants$33,56098,570
Dental Assistants$39,93050,100
X Ray Tech$87,5203,460
Ultrasound Tech$91,7006,380