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The Veterinary Assisting program is designed to provide the student with the knowledge and skills required for entry‐level work performing the administrative and clinical functions of a veterinary assistant. Program topics include animal behavior and restraint, small-animal nursing, office and hospital procedures, client relations, medication dosage and administration, surgical preparation, and laboratory procedures.
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Veterinary assistants are the ‘jack of all trades’ in the veterinary profession. Their job touches every different part of a busy veterinary hospital or clinic. A veterinary assistants perform reception functions, fill prescriptions, keep exam rooms and kennels cleaned and prepped, set up lab work, assist with inventory, update medical records, assist with nursing care, assist with surgical preparation and procedure, and perform radio-graphic procedures. Their assistance provides invaluable help to veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians.
Upon completion of the Veterinary Assisting program, graduates will be able to:
- Administer common medications.
- Handle animals.
- Assist in filling prescriptions.
- Set up lab work.
- Assist with nursing care and surgical preparation.
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Weeks: 16 or 32 Credits: 32
- Fundamentals of Veterinary Assisting
- Pharmacology and Emergency Practices
- Microbiology, Pathology, and Radiology
- Outpatient Practices
- Surgery, Dentistry, and Anesthesia
- Nursing and Animal Behavior
- Veterinary Assistant Externship
Students enroll in this program to seek post-graduation employment in positions typically including:
- Veterinary Assistant
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will receive a certificate of achievement.
This program is designed to prepare graduates to pursue entry-level employment in the field, or jobs in related fields, the specific job titles of which may not be represented in the program title or described above. Although the School will assist students with job placement, finding a job is the individual responsibility of the student.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state.