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 in 2020-2021 Catalog

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 links link below or 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 separately from Admissions Office for the college itself.

Apply to YVC

Apply to Veterinary Program

The application is available online or you may download and complete the paper version of the application. Paper versions must be postmarked by May 1st  to be considered in the primary application selections.

  • The primary deadline is May 1 of each year.
  • Applications are accepted after the primary deadline.  Depending on space availability students may be accepted into the program after the due date.
  • All prerequisites must be completed by August 10 each year unless an extension is granted. (Prerequisites and support course are listed in the 2020-2021 Course Catalog.)

Application Checklist

Use this checklist to help you track the requirements you must complete prior to entering the program. The primary deadline is May 1 each year and all materials and required forms must be returned by this date. Late applications are accepted but will be reviewed on a space-available basis only.

  1. Apply to YVC for college admission. As you apply to the college a selection of a pathway is required. Vet Tech is part of the Healthcare Pathway. If you are currently attending YVC you do not need to fill out the form again. Acceptance for college admission is required for admission to the VT Program. A $30 application fee is required, which is applied to your tuition costs upon entrance.
  2. Complete and send the Veterinary Technology Program Application form to the Veterinary Technology Program.
  3. Complete, sign, and submit Informed Acknowledgement & Consent to Hazards and Risks form. Included in the online application or if submitting a paper form, see link below.
  4. Request a transcript from each high school attended. Send the official transcript to the Veterinary Technology Program. If you graduated from high school more than five (5) years ago, a transcript is not required. A copy of your high school diploma or GED is required. If you are still in school, send a current transcript with your application by the due date and your final transcript upon graduation.
  5. Request official transcript from each college attended for Veterinary Technology Program. Indicate your present name and maiden name (if applicable) on the request for these transcripts, using the form in the link below. If you are still in school, send a current transcript with your application by the due date and your final transcript upon completion.
  6. Request official transcript from each college attended for YVC’s Admission Office. Indicate your present name and maiden name (if applicable) on the request for these transcripts, using the form in the link below.
  7. Take a placement exam and send a copy of your results. Scores are valid for 12 months only. If you have current college courses in Math, English, and Reading, placement scores are not required. A transcript is required.
  8. Submit three (3) reference forms with the application. One form must be done by the veterinarian where the clinical hours are completed. No references are accepted from family members, using the form in the link below.
  9. Review Prerequisites to ensure you have completed them or will complete prior to the Fall Quarter start date.
  10. Contact the Veterinary Technology Program if you have questions, 509.574.4759 or 509.574.4758, or 509.574.4796.

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.

Prerequisites and Support Courses

Prerequisites and support course are listed in the 2020-2021 Course Catalog.

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

Selection Criteria

Twenty-five (25) students are accepted into the program each fall. All applications are reviewed and evaluated. Criteria for selection include an academic performance with special emphasis on science and math prerequisites and those courses taken at the college level, veterinary experience, references, support and advanced courses taken, and work experience. Fluency in a second language and special extenuating circumstances are also considered.
The 25 students with the greatest point totals will be offered admission into the program. Additional offerings will be extended in consecutive order to remaining applicants if any of the initial 25 students selected decide not to attend the program. In the situation of a tie, preference will go to the student with the most veterinary experience and highest academic rating. Students not selected can reapply for admission in following years.

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

Applications & Forms

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

  • The new online application will allow you to complete the application and upload the required documents.
  • Mailed paper applications are also accepted.
Online Veterinary Program Application

Use the following forms when submitting your online application.

Transcript Request Form
Reference Form
Clinical Observation
Current Enrollment Form

Paper Application and Forms

Use the following forms when submitting a paper-based application that is mailed by the deadline of May 1.

Application Paper Form
Transcript Request Form
Reference Form
Current Enrollment Form
Clinical Observation
Hazards Risks & Informed Consent

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

Total July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021

​Number of First-Time Candidates that have taken the VTNE ​42
​Three-Year Pass Rate on VTNE (First Attempt) ​93%

Veterinary Technology graduates employment placement

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
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


Dr. Sue WedamProgram Coordination
Phone: 509.574.4759
Yakima Campus
Liz Shenyer, LVTProgram Instructor
Phone: 509.574.4674
Yakima Campus
Brittni PackardProgram Assistant
Phone: 509.574.6810
Yakima Campus