Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

About this Major

Animal Health Science B.S.

The animal health science major is a four-year curriculum, which is fully accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Health Science. Students choose a business or science emphasis in their major. Course work includes biology, chemistry, animal anatomy and physiology, animal nutrition, reproduction and computer training with specialized training in radiography, pharmacology, anesthesiology and surgical assisting. The care, nutritional requirements and diseases of companion animals and food animals are covered, as well as the care and management of laboratory animals, exotics, and animal facilities.

The program is designed:

  1. to train undergraduate students for careers which provide technical and supervisory support to the technological, business and/or educational aspects of animal health care under research and clinical environments such as private veterinary hospitals, laboratory animal facilities, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, diagnostic facilities, government services, zoos, and meat packing facilities,
  2. to provide sufficient education and experience to enable all graduates to pass the California State Board Registered Veterinary Technician examination and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) in order to qualify for employment in the veterinary technology profession,
  3. to provide a broad university education by participating in the University’s general education; English, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities, as well as biological and agricultural sciences, and
  4. to provide opportunities for continuing education for employed veterinary technologists and laboratory animal technicians.

Veterinary Technician National Exam/California State Board Exam Passing Rates
Effective March 1, 2014, all veterinary technician applicants are required to take and pass both the new California Veterinary Technician Examination (CRVT) and the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) to be licensed in the state of California. The VTNE is replacing the previous CRVT exam and the new CRVT is a jurisprudence exam. Prior to that date, graduates and eligible candidates were required to take and pass only the old California Registered Veterinary Technician Exam and not the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) to become licensed in the state of California. Therefore the numbers of graduates that have taken the VTNE are low for this three-year reporting period as it was not a required exam in California until 2014.

July 1, 2015-
June 30, 2018
Number of eligible first-time candidates over a three-year period (July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018) 85
Number of graduates taking the VTNE for the first time 78
Three-year average pass rate for first-time test takers for the VTNE based on a July 1 to June 30 reporting year (2015-2018) 91% - CPP graduates
69.8% - Nationwide for graduates of all AVMA-accreditated programs

Note: Number of program graduates and number of graduates taking the board exams during the timeframes listed will not necessarily match, as some will choose to not test immediately following graduation.