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
|California State Polytechnic University||Pomona, CA||Bachelor in Animal Health Science|
|Carrington College||Citrus Heights Campus, CA||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||Pleasant Hill||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||Pomona, CA||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||Sacramento, CA||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||San Jose||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||San Leandro||Associate in Science|
|Carrington College||Stockton||Associate in Science|
|Central Coast College||Salinas CA||Associate of Applied Science|
|Cosumnes River College||Sacramento, CA||Associate in Science|
|Foothill College||Los Altos Hills, CA||Associate in Science|
|Los Angeles Pierce College||Woodland Hills, CA||Associate in Science|
|Mount San Antonio Collge||Walnut, CA||Associate in Science|
|Pima Medical Institure||Chula Vista, CA||Associate of Applied Science|
|Platt College||Alhambra, CA||Associate in Science|
|Platt College||Anaheim, CA||Associate in Science|
|Platt College||Ontario, CA||Associate of Science|
|Platt College||Riverside, CA||Associate of Science|
|San Jaoquin Valley College||Fresno, CA||Associate of Science|
|Stanbridge University||Irvine, CA||Associate of Science|
There are currently 20 accredited veterinary technician programs in California.
Programs are accredited by the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA).
Listed below are some of the schools and colleges nearest to you offering vet tech and related programs.
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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
Vet Tech Salary California
|Average Vet Tech Salary||$39,690|
|Top 10% of Earners||$58,600|
|Bottom 10% of Earners||$25,500|
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 Area||Average Salary||Hourly Wage||Top 10%||Bottom 10%||# Employed|
|Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA||$41,260||$19.84||$61,150||$25,980||1,180|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||$40,630||$19.54||$60,390||$26,280||2,850|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA||$40,190||$19.32||$58,580||$26,610||1,670|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||$40,830||$19.63||$59,600||$25,520||-|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||$46,600||$22.40||$61,200||$33,970||520|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||$44,290||$21.29||$61,630||$29,860||-|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||$44,430||$21.36||$60,420||$32,310||1,180|
|San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA||$47,960||$23.06||$62,190||$24,810||360|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||$43,560||$20.94||$62,240||$25,470||540|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||$38,260||$18.40||$49,270||$26,720||50|
|San Rafael, CA||$44,360||$21.33||$68,910||$29,330||100|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||$46,740||$22.47||$61,700||$28,330||150|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||$40,830||$19.63||$54,400||$30,090||110|
|Santa Rosa, CA||$41,890||$20.14||$50,800||$32,610||290|
Vet Tech V’s Related Careers
The first table compares salary and employment data between veterinary technicians and veterinarians and veterinary assistants in California.
The table below compares average veterinary technician salary and employment in California with salary levels for related healthcare careers in the state.
|X Ray Tech||$87,520||3,460|