The Veterinary Assistant program prepares you to work as veterinary assistants in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks. The veterinary assistant provides basic care, performs laboratory procedures, and assists in the veterinary clinic with other functions.

The program includes classroom theory and laboratory time. You receive hands-on experience with animals. Program content requires the application of basic math, technical reading, and communication skills.

As a graduate you will be able to provide basic nursing animal care and assist with laboratory procedures used in veterinary clinics, including surgical procedures in clinics, as well as field settings.

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Feed, water, and examine pets and other non-farm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.