Veterinary Assistants care for the well-being of animals by doing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians and technologists. This three-semester preparatory program connects classroom theory and laboratory experiences in areas including overall care in husbandry of companion animals, assisting with preparation and recovery for surgical procedures, proper nutrition, preventative medicine, basic grooming techniques, laboratory procedures, upkeep of medical records, and interpersonal relationships. Upon graduation, students will be prepared for entry level employment or postsecondary education.

Technical Skills:

Medical terminology • Animal care and management, including diseases and parasites, anatomy and physiology, husbandry, restraint, and basic grooming techniques • Lab Procedures including urine, stool, and blood • Clerical tasks and client relations, including record keeping, scheduling, billing, and collections • Surgical assisting

Professional Skills:

Professionalism • Communication • Leadership • Teamwork • Time Management • Organization

Career Opportunities or Field Positions:

Entry Level:
Veterinary Assistant • Veterinary Receptionist • Animal Caretaker • Grooming Assistant • Kennel Assistant

Post-Secondary:
Veterinary Technician • Veterinary Technologist • Veterinarian

What Certifications can I earn?

NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) • OSHA 10-hour Certification

What College Credits can I earn?

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Program Requirements and Expectations:

Students should be proficient in math (algebra) and science (biology) and possess problem solving and time management skills.

Uniform Requirements:

Professional Attire:
Burgundy scrubs (shirt and pants), white lab/work coat, and skid- resistant shoes. A long sleeve undershirt should be worn under scrub shirt. (Not available from the school store).

Out-of-Pocket costs:

School Uniform

Lab Kit – Approximately $75

Student Organizations?

Students may participate in three student organizations. They are based on attendance, grades, and behavior, and may require a try-out.

FFA (Future Farmers of America) serves as part of the educational program, preparing students for careers in agriculture and related fields, such as horticulture, floriculture, and landscaping. This organization seeks to cultivate time management, leadership, and communication skills in students. For more information on FFA, visit https://www.ffa.org/.

SkillsUSA brings students who share common interests together for an exchange of ideas and the opportunity to work towards a common purpose. It offers students recognition through a national program of awards and contests and seeks to cultivate excellence in leadership and in their technical skills. Visit http://www.skillsusa.org/ for more information.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition to students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions Visit http://www.hosa.org/ for more information.

What else should I know?

This program requires time management, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and good studying skills. The curriculum is challenging and fast-paced. It provides a great foundation to go right out into the field, or serves as a stepping stone for post-secondary education.

Lisa Cook

Mrs. Cook is a Licensed Veterinary Technologist. She received a bachelor degree in Veterinary Medical Technology with a concentration in Biology from Wilson College. Her industry experience includes working in a companion animal practice for four years before starting her teaching career.