Veterinary technicians are an integral part of the animal health care team, assisting veterinarians and biological scientists in their work.

Veterinary Technology, AAS

The mission of the Veterinary Technology Program is to attract, educate, and graduate highly competent individuals who are prepared to make a positive impact in their employment areas through excellent patient care, interpersonal communication, and economic skills.

The Veterinary Technology Program is a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technology. Successful completion of the program should provide the graduate with the credentials and basic information for successful completion of the national and state board examinations leading to licensing as a Veterinary Technician.

YVC’s Veterinary Technology Program is staffed by clinically-experienced, licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Our modern facilities include small animal wards for dogs, cats, birds, and rodents. Large animal work is performed at area farms.

The program is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

YVC’s program provides training for students in the following areas:

  • restraint and nursing of pets
  • food animals
  • clinical laboratory procedures
  • dental, anesthesia, & radiology techniques
  • use of routine hospital equipment
  • medical record keeping
  • computer technology
  • horses
  • exotic and laboratory animals
  • surgical assisting
  • medication administration
  • client communications
  • inventory control
  • veterinary ethics
Required Courses

How to Apply


YVC’s Veterinary Technology program starts a class of students each fall. Admission is based on completion of program prerequisites including high school and/or college coursework, letters of recommendation, plus veterinary clinic observation or veterinary work experience.

Applications should be received by May 1 to be considered for the following fall quarter.


  • Request an official transcript from each high school attended. Send the transcripts to the Veterinary Technology program.
  • Request two (2) official transcripts from each college attended. One copy should be sent to the YVC Admission Office and the other sent to the Veterinary Technology Office. There is a request for transcript of credits form in the Veterinary Technology Application Packet which can be used for this purpose.

The applicant is solely responsible for obtaining transcripts for YVC files. No acceptance evaluation can be made until transcripts have been supplied.

Application Process

A copy of the application packet may be downloaded from the YVC website at, by contacting the Veterinary Technology Program by email ( or, by phone listed in the directory, or by mail (Veterinary Technology Program, YVC, PO Box 22520, Yakima WA 989027-2520).

Apply to College

Students must be accepted for general admission to the college to be considered for the Veterinary Technology Program. Acceptance notification from the Veterinary Technology Program is sent separate from Admissions Office for the college itself.

Apply to YVC

Background Checks

Students accepted into the Veterinary Technology Program are required to complete a background check and drug screen at the student’s expense. The current price for the background check and drug screen is $88.00.

Accepted students are notified by the program regarding scheduling and compliance requirements. No previous drug screens or background checks are accepted. Failure to comply within the specified time line will result in being dropped from the program.

While information gained from the background checks may not stop a student from being admitted to, and successfully completing the program, the information may prevent a student from being eligible for certification/licensure in the profession. If you have any questions or concerns about your ability to pass a background/drug screen test, pursue your education, or practice the profession, please make arrangements for a confidential appointment with the Program Department Head.

Dear Applicant

Thank you for your interest in the Veterinary Technology Program at Yakima Valley College. This website is designed to help you understand the requirements for entry into the program and to assist you in meeting those requirements. The Veterinary Technology Program is designed to prepare you for a career as a licensed veterinary technician. This is a full-time 2-year (6 quarters) program which starts each fall.

Please refer to the Veterinary Technology Application Checklist to help you keep track of meeting all admission requirements. It is important that you complete and forward all application materials by the primary due date of May 1 each year.

Free application for financial aid is available for all applicants. A list of various programs available to help you with financial aid follows. As the program is a full-course load we have found for students to be successful, outside work-load should amount to no more than ten (10) hours per week.

We are excited to help you meet your career goal and join the rewarding field of veterinary medicine. Please call of us or the Program Assistant, Cathy Van Winsen 509.574.4796, if you have questions about the application process or the profession.


Susan M. Wedam, D.V.M.
Veterinary Technology Program Coordinator

Kelley Denome, D.V.M.
Veterinary Technology Instructor


  • High school diploma or GED.
  • One year of high school biology or BIOL& 160 at YVC (or its equivalent) with a grade of C (2.0) or better, taken within five (5) years of program entry.
  • One year of high school chemistry or CHEM& 100 at YVC (or its equivalent) with a grade of C (2.0) or better, taken within five (5) years of program entry.
  • Math placement scores (within the last 12 months) indicating eligibility for Intermediate Algebra (YVC’s MATH 095) or equivalent coursework.
  • English placement scores (within the last 12 months) indicating eligibility for ENGL& 101 or equivalent coursework.
  • Reading placement scores (within the last 12 months) indicating eligibility for college-level reading or equivalent coursework.

Additional Requirements

  • Fifty (50) hours of clinical observation or work experience with a veterinarian within the last three years. This may be paid or volunteer and does not include time working on your own animals.
  • Three (3) completed reference forms. One must be from the veterinarian with whom experience was gained.

Clinical Observation requirement for Application to Vet Tech

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the application requirement for 50 hours of veterinary experience, and the associated reference from the attending veterinarian, has been postponed.  The new deadline is July 15th .  Submit these documents as soon as possible upon completion.

Learn More

Applications & Forms

Application Checklist
Transcript Request
Clinical Observation
Hazards Risks & Informed Consent
Current Enrollment

The chart below list the pass rates on the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) for licensure.

Total July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020

​Number of First-Time Candidates that have taken the VTNE ​40
​Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE (First Attempt) ​93%

Veterinary Technology graduates employment placement

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

Policy on Essential Functions for Veterinary Technology



Policy on Essential Functions for Veterinary Technology

Physical and intellectual requirements

The field of veterinary technology is both intellectually and physically challenging.  The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensure that qualified applicants have the ability to pursue program admission however, the applicant must meet the essential skills and technical standards to perform functions required of the Program and profession.  Every student will be held to the same standards with or without reasonable accommodations.

  • Vision, with or without correction, must allow the determination of minute areas of detail, very small variations in color and adequate depth perception (size, shape and texture), including differentiation of details as viewed through a microscope.  Visual ability must be sufficient for observation and assessment necessary in nursing care both from a distance and close by in order to recognize physical status and non-verbal responses including behaviors.
  • Speech and hearing must permit clear and effective communication with colleagues, clients, faculty and staff without lip reading.  Auditory ability must be sufficient to monitor and assess health status, including auscultation of heart and lungs, and hear equipment alarms and warning sounds from animals and humans of impending danger or injury.
  • Students must be able to read, write, speak and report accurately and effectively in English.
  • Students must be able to comprehend and carry out complex written and oral directions given in English. 
  • Students must possess the physical ability to tolerate walking and standing for sustained periods of time, be capable of lifting and/or carrying up to 50 pounds from floor to waist level frequently, and be capable of handling, positioning, and restraining live animals of small and large animal species. 
  • Students must be able to move his/her entire body a distance of no less than three meters within two seconds of a signal to do so, to move from danger while handling animals in confined spaces. 
  • Students must possess fine motor movements in order to perform the essential functions of the profession.  This includes the dexterity to manipulate small equipment, adjust resistance on equipment, and manage syringes, catheters, and common surgical instruments. 
  • Students must possess tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment and to perform nursing duties in a timely manner.  Examples include performing palpation during physical exams, administering oral, intramuscular, subcutaneous, and intravenous medication, insert and remove tubes and perform wound care. 
  • Student must be able to have sustained contact with multiple species of animals and be amenable to learning the safe handling, restraining, and working with these animals.  An individual should not be allergic to domestic animals to the extent that would prohibit working in a facility that has them. 
  • Student must be able to work around strong chemicals. 
  • Students must be able to function in a structured environment within significant time constraints.
  • Students must possess a willingness to assist with and perform a wide variety of routine medical, surgical, and diagnostic procedures common to the veterinary setting, including humane euthanasia.
  • Students must be able to complete required tasks/functions under stressful conditions, including emergency situations.
  • Students must demonstrate socially appropriate behavior; maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close human and animal contact. 
  • Students must be able to progress toward minimal supervision as they advance through the program.
  • Students must be able to interact appropriately with clients and all members of the veterinary healthcare team.
  • Students receiving accommodations for classes or for any other program related purpose must report the accommodation to the Program Chair and individual instructors prior to the start of each quarter.  It is the students’ responsibility to notify the Veterinary Technology Program of any necessary accommodation for disability.  Call 509.574.4961 for Disability Support Services.

Time Requirements

The Veterinary Technology Program is a time intensive program. Classes can start at 6:00 a.m. and continue to 5:00 p.m. or  later depending on the quarter.  For each hour a student spends in class, at least 2 hours of studying each day is expected for success in the program.  This is why the program recommends no more than 10 hours per week for employment during the program.

If you have questions regarding time management of the program, contact program personnel.

Mailing Address

Veterinary Technology Program
Yakima Valley College            
P.O. Box 22520
Yakima, WA 98907-2520




Licensed veterinary technicians are employed in a variety of situations. These include: private veterinary practices, universities, veterinary schools, wildlife rehabilitation centers, pharmaceutical firms, research facilities, zoos, animal feed companies, diagnostic laboratories, the government, the military, and humane shelters.


Dr. Sue WedamProgram Coordination
Phone: 509.574.4759
Yakima Campus
Dr. Kelly DenomeProgram Instructor
Phone: 509.574.4758
Yakima Campus
Cathy Van WinsenProgram Assistant
Phone: 509.574.4796
Yakima Campus