Veterinary assistants support veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a small animal hospital environment. Their duties may include providing customer service, processing lab specimens, prepping animals for surgery, monitoring medications and radiology logs, setting up and tearing down surgical suites, autoclaving instruments and communicating effectively between the vet and the pet owner. Most veterinarian practices operate under normal business hours, but some are open weekends and require overnight hours.
You must be at least age 18 and have a high school diploma or GED®.
Information Unique to the Training
Reading and math assessments are required prior to registration. This course includes a clinical practicum component that is completed outside of classroom hours and may require a daytime and/or evening schedule. Courses must be completed consecutively.
Courses to Complete
- Core Courses
VOC-336 Preparation for the Veterinary Assistant Training Course Series
VOC-427 Veterinary Assistant Training I: Outpatient Care
VOC-916 Veterinary Assistant Training II: Diagnostics & Pharmacy
VOC-428 Veterinary Assistant Training III: Patient Care & Treatment
VOC-429 Veterinary Assistant Training IV: Surgery, Anesthesia, & Emergency Care
Approximate Number of Hours
Approximate Training Cost*
Related Continuing Education Courses
VOC-448 Animal First Aid and CPR
XXZ-108 Introduction to Pet Massage
Estimated Hourly Wage**
*Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.