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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.

More Student Comments
VASE alumnus

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

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!"

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!"

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!"