Veterinary assistants are an integral part of the veterinary team and the Veterinary Assistant Pre-Professional Program is a one-semester noncredit course, which includes more than 90 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of observational experience working in a clinical setting to get you ready for your new career.

What Can I Do With A Veterinary Assistant Certificate?

The topics covered in the Veterinary Assistant Pre-Professional Program include: medical terminology; animal behavior and handling; medication administration; preventative care; laboratory safety; radiology procedures; surgical prep, monitoring and recovery, and aseptic practices to help prevent the spread of disease.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Completion, which could be used to satisfy some entrance requirements in more advanced veterinary career programs.

Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. These workers are expected to be needed to assist veterinarians and other veterinary care staff.

Increases in consumers’ pet-related expenditures are expected to drive employment in the veterinary services industry, which employs most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers. In these establishments, veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists with various veterinary procedures. Demand for veterinary assistants will continue as the demand for veterinary procedures increases.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics



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If you are over the age of 18 with a high school diploma or GED and interested in pursuing a career in the veterinary field but may be unsure where to begin or how to gain experience contact Kathy Stearns using the form below.