Veterinary Assistant

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.

Carroll Community College's Veterinary Assistant Training program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Occupational Requirements


Information Unique to the Training 

You must be at least age 18 and have a high school diploma or GED®. 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

  • Prerequisites 
  • 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

150 hours

Approximate Training Cost*


Licensure/Certification Earned


Related Continuing Education Courses

VOC-448  Animal First Aid and CPR
XXZ-108   Introduction to Pet Massage 
Canine Management


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.

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