Veterinary Assistant

PDE Approved Program - CIP Code 51.0808

The Veterinary Assistant Program is designed to prepare students for an entry level position in a veterinary hospital or clinic. Students will learn veterinary career skills, veterinary medical terminology, veterinary anatomy and physiology, preventative medicine and common diseases, veterinary ethics and laws, medical records and scheduling, safe handling and restraint techniques, animal behavior, examination procedures, pharmacy procedures, laboratory procedures, radiology procedures, animal nursing skills, surgical assisting procedures, therapeutic techniques and grooming, sanitation and cleaning, breeds and breeding, external parasitology, and zoonotic diseases. This program prepares students to succeed in a post-secondary Veterinary Technician program.

Certification Offered:

Purina Certified Weight Coach

Career Pathways:


Veterinary Technician/Veterinary Technologist

Animal Control Worker

Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Non-Farm Animal Caretakers

Animal Breeders

Animal Trainer

Units of Instruction:

Medical Terminology 

Anatomy and Physiology

Animal Handling        

Medical Records/Scheduling

Pharmacy Procedures 

Laboratory Procedures

Surgical Assisting        

Breeds and Breeding

External Parasitology  


Radiology Skills          

Examination Procedures

Animal Nursing skills 

Zoonotic diseases

Common diseases

Therapeutic Techniques and Grooming



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