Veterinary assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. This 190 hour (approximately 10 months) program prepares students to assist the veterinarian in all aspects of animal care. Veterinary assistants provide surgical and nursing care to animals in clinics, as well as field settings. They also provide basic care, perform laboratory procedures, and assist in the veterinary clinic with other functions. Veterinary assistants work in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.
Successful completion of this program does not guarantee employment. Admission Requirements: High school diploma or GED and score at least 65 on the reading portion of the Basic Skills Assessment. The Veterinary Assistant program is NOT the same as a veterinary technician program. A veterinary technician requires a 2 year degree and national certification exam.
Vet assistant students will complete the following sequential courses, pass a comprehensive final exam, and successfully complete clinical rotations:
Course 1: Foundations of Veterinary Assisting
Course 2: Diagnostics and Treatment
Course 3: Surgical and Dental Procedures
Clinical Rotations – 30 hours of hands-on training with local veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians
Duration: 162 hours
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