Do you love animals? Does a career working around them and providing the veterinary care that they need sound rewarding? The Veterinary Assistant program may be for you.
The Veterinary Assistant training program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to build a successful career as a veterinary assistant. Upon graduating, students will be prepared to work in veterinary hospitals, private practices, nature centers, zoos, research facilities, or veterinary clinics.
Students learn proper restraint and control of animals, collecting and recording medical histories, performing vital signs, receiving hospital patients, and assisting veterinarians with the treatment of patients. Students will also learn to prepare animals and instruments for surgery, perform inventories, assist with filling prescriptions, perform laboratory procedures, and obtain lab specimens. The student will also learn to position animals to obtain x-rays, administer medications, and apply bandages.
The program concludes with an externship to a local veterinary facility to provide hands-on working experience in the field under the supervision of veterinarians and experienced techs.