Platt College Veterinary Technology Associates Degree Program [Video Transcript]


Visual Description: The speaker, David Liss, appears on camera here and throughout the video. Students perform a dental procedure on a dog, and place a bandage on a dummy. An instructor addresses students. The following text appears onscreen: "States have differing requirements for employment as a Veterinary Technician. Prospective students should contact their state veterinary medical board for details."

My name is David Liss, I'm the Program Director of Veterinary Technology. Platt College offers an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology, which allows students to sit for the California and National Exams. Graduates of our program can work in all sorts of veterinary clinical situations including with dogs and cats, emergency medicine, laboratory research settings, industry, wildlife, and many other really exciting opportunities.

Veterinary Technicians

Visual Description: Students listen to a cat's heartbeat and inspect its eyes and ears, then cuddle the cat.

Veterinary technicians are a really important part of the veterinary healthcare team. They serve all sorts of nursing and technical functions and serve right next to the veterinarian that's on staff. They do blood draws, they do anesthesia, they do dental procedures, they assist clients, and take care of very, very sick and injured animals.

Student Testimonial: Talia Maloney

Visual Description: The speaker, Talia Maloney, appears on camera.

[Talia Maloney] I did four facilities and I had an amazing experience at every single one of them. I got to do emergency practice, general practice, and then I got to do two exotic practices as well as shadowing a zoo veterinarian, which was awesome.

Our Faculty

Visual Description: Male and female instructors address students. An instructor demonstrates a dental procedure on a dog.

[David Liss] We're very proud of all of our faculty here at Platt College. They are all either registered veterinary technicians or credentialed veterinarians. They come from all sorts of backgrounds in veterinary medicine, which gives them a very diverse set of experience to work with our students. They're all very enthusiastic, excellent teachers, and we're very happy to have them here on staff.

Student Testimonial: John Byner

Visual Description: The speaker, John Byner, appears on camera.

[John Byner] The faculty, they are really great instructors. The whole staff here, outside of the program and in the program, they're just wonderful. They really spoke to you not only as, like, you know, upper authorities but as if they were your best friend and your family. They were just right by you.

Opportunities for Students

Visual Description: Students bandage a dog's paw, inspect a dog's eyes, check a dog's heartbeat, and give a dog an injection. A student takes notes. A clinician discusses veterinary care with a student.

[David Liss] We provide many opportunities for our students to work hands-on with live animals. In our laboratory, we work with dogs and cats, and some small species such as rodents. We also go off campus to work with other types of animals such as cows and horses, some of our larger species. We work extensively with local clinics and facilities to provide a wide range of experiences for our students.

On-Campus Option vs. Distance Option

Visual Description: Two students take notes. An instructor speaks to students. Platt campuses in Alhambra, Ontario, and Riverside are shown.

We have two options to do the Veterinary Technology Program here at Platt College. We have an on-campus program and we have a distance education program. Our on-campus program, the facilities are located in Alhambra, Ontario, and Riverside, California. And for our students that don't live nearby, they can do the distance education option. All of our options are accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (or AVMA).

Emphasis on Small Groups

Visual Description: A dog wearing a muzzle awaits care. Students applaud in a classroom. Two students discuss their notes. Another student reviews her notes. A student sits beside a small canine skeleton. Students take notes and discuss work. An instructor performing a dental procedure on a dog discusses her work with students present.

Regardless of whether you are an on-campus student or a distance education student, we always start our cohorts in small groups. This allows for really collaborative learning and gives you a really hands-on, one-on-one feel here at Platt College. We have many opportunities for hands-on skills here at Platt College. Our distance education students come together as a group prior to going in to externships. We find it's very important to solidify these skills and really hone their ability to be proficient at the ones they're performing before they get ready to out into the workforce. Our on-campus students do hands-on skills throughout their program.

Student Testimonial: Rosa R

Visual Description: The speaker, Rosa R, appears on camera.

[Rosa R] I went to a general practice clinic, with ER, as well as a clinic that was just specifically a spay and neuter site, and another one at a laboratory as well. And I did a lot of hands-on training, I got to work with different types of animals. It wasn't just cats and dogs.


Visual Description: David Liss appears on camera, as he does throughout the video. The program’s phone number appears onscreen: 888-807-5288. The following text appears onscreen: “For required program disclosure information please visit

[David Liss] We're very, very proud of our students here, and I think that we turn out some really great technicians. The faculty and stuff really look forward to having potentially one of you in class. For more information, visit our website at