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21 Spectrum Pointe Dr., #101
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Admissions (949) 597-0533


Work With Animals. Career training for animal lovers. Experienced animal care workers are welcome at this Orange County veterinary assistant school, but you can start our classes with no experience at all.

  • Live Classroom and Distance Learning Options Available for some programs
  • Staffed by Veterinary Professionals
  • Job Placement Assistance Available for Graduates

Minimum Requirement High School Diploma or GED


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Heritage College

Would you like to work with animals? Consider a career in veterinary medicine with the Heritage Veterinary Attendant Program, Veterinary Assistant Program or Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Program.

The Heritage Veterinary Attendant Program, Veterinary Assistant Program, and Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Program offer beginning, intermediate and advanced programs for experienced veterinary professionals and also for students with no experience at all.

Heritage is staffed by veterinary professionals who offer both live classroom and distance learning options.

Job placement assistance is available to students and graduates.

Our Mission as a Veterinary Assistant School and Alternate Route Veterinary Technician School

The Mission of Heritage College in Orange County, CA is to:

  • Professionally educate and train individuals as Veterinary Assistants, Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidates and Veterinary Attendants
  • Provide Veterinary Alternate Route training in one comprehensive location, or via distance learning, for on-the-job trained vet techs who seek licensure in the state of California
  • Increase the quality of care provided by the veterinary medical profession in California

  • Vet Assistant and Vet Tech Programs

    At Heritage College we offer 3, 12, and 16 month programs to prepare you for a career in veterinary medicine. Veterinary Attendants, Veterinary Assistants, and Veterinary Technicians play a vital role in the support services of animal hospitals.

    The 3-month Veterinary Attendant Program teaches the basics of veterinary nursing. Veterinary attendants work closely with animals by restraining, feeding and caring for veterinary patients, and by assisting doctors and technicians with basic diagnostic tests. The positions attendants can fill include technician's assistant, veterinary receptionist, and/or kennel attendant. Veterinary attendants hold entry-level positions, and with experience, can quickly become veterinary assistants. After completion of this program you will receive job placement assistance.

    The 12-month Veterinary Assistant Program is open to those currently working in animal hospitals who are interested in advancing their knowledge in veterinary technology. Graduates of the Veterinary Assistant Program with 2 years of experience working full time under the direction of a California-licensed veterinarian are eligible to enter into the final semester of the Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Program to complete the necessary course work to take the California RVT licensure exam under the Alternate Route Category.

    The 4- month Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Program is open only to Veterinary Assistant Program graduates who, upon completion, will be awarded the Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Certificate. Veterinary Technician Candidates apply for licensing to the California Veterinary Medical Board RVT committee. Once licensed, an RVT is able to perform more duties and can pursue sp

    Imagine yourself as an important member of this team making a difference in the lives of pets every day.

    Veterinary Skills Available

    What You Will Learn:

    • Veterinary Nursing
    • Behavior and Nutrition
    • Laboratory Theory
    • Animal Handling
    • Applied Basic Science
    • Communication
    • Hospital Procedures
    • Computer Basics
    • Veterinary Science

    Our lectures and interactive models will help you learn how to effectively provide care to animals, communicate effectively with veterinary doctors and pet owners, and be a valuable member of the veterinary hospital team.

    Veterinary Faculty

    Your instructors will be veterinarians, Registered Veterinary Technicians and other experts in their particular field. Southern California is home to specialists in all areas of veterinary medicine. Local specialists will occasionally give lectures on topics such as veterinary anesthesia, dentistry, surgery, cardiology, ophthalmology, dermatology, and exotic animal medicine.


    At Completion

    At the end of each program, you will receive a certificate of completion and job placement assistance. The Alternate Route Veterinary Technician Candidate Program is open to veterinary assistants who have been employed for two or more years in a California veterinary hospital. These courses meet the educational requirement for the California Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) licensing exam through the alternate route.

    Serving the Orange County and Los Angeles Metro Areas

    Heritage College students commonly live in the following communities:

    • Orange County, CA
    • Irvine, CA
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Fullerton, CA
    • Long Beach, CA
    • Anaheim, CA
    • Garden Grove, CA
    • Santa Ana, CA
    • Whittier, CA
    • Costa Mesa, CA
    • Huntington Beach, CA
    • Lake Forest, CA
    • Laguna Niguel, CA
    • Mission Viejo, CA
    • Newport Beach, CA
    • Yorba Linda, CA
    • Tustin, CA
    • Riverside, CA
    • Ontario, CA
    • Glendale, CA
    • Covina, CA
    • San Bernardio, CA
    • Westminster, CA
    • Corona, CA

    Heritage College in Lake Forest, CA is a Branch of Heritage Institute, Fort Myers, FL.


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    Heritage College and Heritage Institute are institutionally accredited by
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