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About Us

History of VASE

Veterinarian Al Aldrete of Davis and Alex Henderson, a registered veterinary technician of Dixon, in 2006 founded a school that trains veterinary assistants to become RVTs. There are plenty of veterinary assistants, but not enough registered techs authorized to perform certain medical procedures and operate technical equipment independent of a veterinarian’s supervision. If a veterinarian doesn’t have enough registered technicians, they must do the work themselves or risk losing their license.

The 17-week course is accepted by the California Veterinary Medical Board under the California Alternate Route program. The alternate route means the student completes a required number of hours working under the supervision of a veterinarian who certifies they are competent in specific clinical competencies.

The VASE curriculum rounds out the requirements to sit for a state registered veterinary technician licensure exam by offering students the academic portion of the training. Since the school opened, more than 100 students have completed the curriculum with a state exam passage rate of more than 95 percent.

VASE Team

Alex Henderson, RVT

Founder, Instructor

Mr. Henderson was a veterinary assistant from 1960 to 1970.  He graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Animal Science.  He completed one...

Saundra Snyder

Office Manager/Financial Director

Saundra Snyder is the Office Manager/Financial Director and has been with Veterinary Allied Staff Education since we began in 2006.  Saundra is very knowledgeable...

Alberto Aldrete, DVM (Dr. Al)

Founder, Instructor

Dr. Aldrete, prior to attending UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was a Veterinary Assistant for 13 years.  He received his Doctor of Veterinary...

More Student Comments
Nicole
VASE alumnus

"Good length of course and great hours. Tests were extremely valuable. I would definitely recommend this course to others with these instructors."

Monica
VASE alumnus

"The course was great. You both were excellent teachers, teaching at a hard time period (6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and hard material. Also, you were very understanding that students work and have lives. Great course!"

Melissa
VASE alumnus

"This course is a fast pace, intense course that helps tremendously in preparing for the state board. If you have any hesitation about taking the board, definitely take this course!"

Ally
VASE alumnus

"I feel that I have grown as a technician since I started taking this course. Night time was a little hard around 9:00 p.m. but it was all worth it. I loved the teachers!"