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.

information_sheetThe average salary for full-time veterinary assistants is $23,130 per year. Employment in this field is expected to grow 10 percent through 2022, faster than the average occupations. Despite average employment growth, high occupational turnover will result in good job opportunities.

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 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.

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 at (708) 974-5216 or stearns@morainevalley.edu to learn more.