Veterinary assistants work closely with members of the veterinary staff. They are involved in patient care, customer relations and veterinary hospital office procedures. Responsibilities include holding animals during examinations, nail trimming, administering medications, sterilizing lab and surgical equipment and preparing samples for lab examination.
In our noncredit, short-term training veterinary assistant program, you will:
- Train with industry professionals to learn best practices in the field
- Learn the foundations of office, hospital and exam room procedures, communication and client relations, pharmacology, small animal nursing, surgical preparation and assisting, lab procedures, radiology and ultrasound
- Complete a 100-hour externship in a local vet office/clinic or animal hospital/clinic
Fall 2023 session
July 23-Dec. 22
Hybrid-mix of online and in-person
CE 084 3001
The lecture portion of the class will be conducted online and in person. Tuesdays (3-6pm) - Online/Live via Zoom. Thursdays (5-8pm) - In person at Ashton Animal Clinic-Ashton.
Exams and quizzes will be conducted in person. Review options will be offered. Labs/hands-on practice will be completed off-campus at a local animal hospital and a local animal shelter on various evenings.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in the veterinary assistant field is expected to grow 9 percent from 2014-2024, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Veterinary assistants work in a variety of settings including animal clinics, animal hospitals, and research laboratories. Median annual wages of veterinary assistants was $29,300 in May 2019.
The program cost is $2,250 including textbooks and supplies. Federal and state financial aid are not available to offset cost. A payment plan is available.
Interested applicants should fill out the Veterinary Assistant interest form. For additional questions, email program director Melissa Gallagher at email@example.com to schedule a time and day to discuss the program.