Veterinary Assistant | Dipl - Western Iowa Tech Community College
Western Iowa Tech Community College
Veterinary Assistant | Dipl

Veterinary Assistant | Dipl

Sioux City
Estimated Program Costs Required Classes

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.

Meet Your Advisor

Nicholas Demke
Nicholas Demke
Educational Coordinator
Sioux City Campus
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Career Options

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.

Required Classes for Veterinary Assistant | Dipl

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
AGC 216 Career Seminar 2
AGV 121 Veterinary Medical Terminology 2
AGV 156 Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills 2
AGV 176 Animal Nursing (Small & Large) 3
AGS 242 Animal Health 3
AGV 102 Animal Handling & Restraint 1
COM 723 Workplace Communications 3
AGS 319 Animal Nutrition 3
AGV 109 Pharmacy Skills 2
AGV 157 Animal Anatomy and Physiology 2
AGV 208 Veterinary Surgical Skills 2
AGV 174 Clinical Studies 3
AGS 113 Survey of the Animal Industry 3
MAT 772 Applied Math 3

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson
Veterinary Assistant Instructor
Sioux City Campus, Room C149
Greg Strong
Greg Strong
Division Chair
Sioux City, Room B109

Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $6,895.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $6,930.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated student housing and meals: $3,075.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Advisory Board

Dr. Chad Anema Dunes Animal Hospital
Kerry Johnson Family Pet Hospital
Dr. Tammy Loberg Hometown Animal Hospital
Mimi Munoz Hometown Animal Hospital
Dr. Zach Westhoff Le Mars Veterinary Clinic
Dr.. Nicole Brette Siouxland Equine
Dr. Brooke Gilbert South Sioux Animal Hospital
Dr. John Hall Twin Valley Veterinary Clinic