Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians with medical care for sick and injured animals. Job duties include holding animals during examinations, nail trims and blood draws, sterilizing lab and surgical equipment, preparing of samples for lab examination and more.

Career Outlook

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 2018.

Class Overview

This Kishwaukee College-Veterinary Assistant is a non-credit program that consists of 150 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of hands-on externship in a veterinarian's office/clinic or animal hospital/clinic. The purpose of the course is to provide training in the professional skills required to function as a Veterinary Assistant and to prepare students to pass the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Certification Exam.

Due to the inherent requirements of the profession, the following minimum abilities are expected of each student: high school diploma or equivalent with at least a 10th grade math and English (speaking and reading) level; psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected) sufficient for safe and successful practice of veterinary duties.

Externship Overview

Externships are coordinated by Kishwaukee College-Community Education. Students are required to provide their own transportation to and from various externships sites. Health insurance is required for participation in an externship.

Payment Plans

The cost of the class is $1,979. This cost includes textbooks and supplies. Federal and State financial aid are not available to offset the cost of the Veterinary Assistant program. A payment plan is available.


Free Information Sessions will be held on November 13, 2019 & January 8, 2020, (6-7pm) in Room A1221.


A mandatory Orientation Session will be held on January 14, 2020, 7:00pm-8:00pm in Room C2251 for students who are registered for the Spring 2020 session.

Dates Days Time Cost Location Course Code
Spring 2020          
January 21 - June 4, 2020 T,W,Th 6:00pm - 9:45pm $1,979 Kishwaukee College ce 084 5001
        Bethany Animal Hospital(W)  

Spring 2020 Veterinary Assistant program Information Sheet

Contact Information

For general inquiries or questions, please email or call Melissa Gallagher at 815-825-9466.

Students must be at least 18 years of age to register for the Veterinary Assistant program.