Become a Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assisting Certificate

Program Description

This certificate is only offered as a one-year program with a fall start, offered at East Campus only.

The Veterinary Assisting Certificate program is a one-year program that prepares students to become a member of the veterinary health care team, who aids the veterinarian and veterinary technician perform daily tasks. Veterinary assistants are employed primarily in veterinary clinics and hospitals and may perform the following duties:

  • Kennel work
  • Assisting with the handling of animals
  • Feeding and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and setting up equipment
  • Clerical work

Admission Requirements:

  1. High school graduation or equivalent.

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in essential skills required during practical labs, exams, and clinical/field work experiences.

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Suggested Courses

Fall Semester

VA 105 Animal Housing & Recreation I (3)
VT 100 Intro to Veterinary Technology online (2)

VA 147 Vet Clinical I (4)

VA 109 VA Animal Science (3)


HIM 251 Medical Office Procedures (3)

Spring Semester

VT 102 Communication in Vet Practice (3)
VA 160 Vet Assistant Pharmacology (3)

VT 203 Vet Ethics and Critical Thinking online (2)

VA 247 Vet Clinical II (4)

VA 205 Animal Housing & Recreation II (2)

Summer Semester

VA 261 Seminar (1)
VA 265 Internship (3)

Minimum total hours required for degree: 33

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