The purpose of the veterinary assisting program is to prepare students for employment or advanced training in the veterinary assisting industry. This Career In A Year program (750 hours, 11 months) combines 200 hours of traditional classroom instruction, on campus laboratory assignments, and 550 hours of laboratory/externship opportunities working with local veterinarians and veterinary clinics. Externships allow veterinary assisting students to gain real-world experience while in school. The classroom training and externship experience is valuable to students when seeking employment in the veterinary field.

Students who successfully complete the veterinary assisting program, pass 100% of the required laboratory/clinical skills, and have the minimum required 500 clinical/externship hours may sit for the certified veterinary assisting exam given by Animal Care Technologies.  Students passing the certification exam will become certified veterinary assistants.

The veterinary assisting program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as veterinary assistants.

Program Information

This program is eligible for Veteran’s Administration Education Benefits.

To view the Veterinary Assisting Program itemized costs sheet, please click here.

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