Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant Series

Program Description

Veterinary Assistant
This 40 hour course allows students to develop knowledge and skills required for an entry-level position in animal care. The lecture and clinical time will be offered over a 16 week period.

Course topics include:

  • Terminology and basic anatomy
  • Laws and ethics
  • Client relations
  • Immunization and protocols
  • Basic restraint
  • Pharmacology
  • Euthanasia
  • Parasitology
  • Dentistry
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Nursing care
  • Nutrition
  • Introduction to Large Animals

During this 8-week course students will learn how to assist the Veterinarian in caring for horses, cattle and other large domestic animals. Topics covered include anatomy and physiology, agribusiness, and animal husbandry. Students will learn basic restraints, vaccination protocols, parasitology, hoof care, and dentistry.

Veterinary Assisting for Exotic Pets
This 16-hour course uses lecture, demonstration and field trips to focus on the care of exotic pets for students who are interested in working exotics in the animal care field. Students will gain knowledge about the special dietary, housing, environmental, and nursing requirements. Topics include anatomy and physiology, illness and disease manifestation, safe handling, restraints, patient evaluation and owner education.

Exotic Pets Include
Snake, Lizard, Caged Bird, Aquarium Fish, Turtle, Hamster, Guinea Pig, Rabbit, Ferret, Mouse
Rat, Chinchilla, Gerbil, Tarantula

Veterinary Assistant Brochure

Salary $20,770

Career Description + Lifestyle
People who love animals get satisfaction from working with and helping them. However, some of the work may be physically or emotionally demanding. Veterinary assistants work in a multitude of settings with flexible hours.

These can include:
Private veterinary centers
Diagnostic and research laboratories
Veterinary supply businesses
Schools of veterinary medicine
Other areas dealing with animal care