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Veterinary Assistant, Certificate of Completion


  • Academic Year: 2019-2020
  • Division / Department: Health Professions / Veterinary Technology
  • Degree Code: VET.ASSISTANT.CERT
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The Veterinary Assistant program trains students to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in caring for animals in clinical settings, research areas and other veterinary-related fields. Duties of a veterinary assistant include caring for animals and assisting in examining them for signs of illness, disease or injury. Assistants may provide routine postoperative care, administer medication and prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal care technologists or technicians, veterinarians or scientists.

Students who complete the certificate program may apply those classes toward the associate degree program in veterinary technology if they want to continue their education. Students must meet all the application requirements for the two-year program.

Students must apply for the Veterinary Assistant program. See the Veterinary Technology website or contact the program director for more information.

Marketable Skills:

Upon completion of the Veterinary Assistant Program, students will be able to demonstrate entry-level proficiency in the following areas:

a. Office and Hospital Procedures

b. Pharmacology-medication administration and dispensing, handling and disposal of pharmaceuticals, prescription drug labeling

c. Anesthesia and surgical assisting-basic understanding of an anesthetic machine, principles of aseptic technique, patient preparation, basic surgical instrument identification, and preparation of items needed for surgery.

d. Radiology-patient positioning, safety and protective equipment used when taking radiographs

e. Parasitology, Clinical Pathology and Hematology-knowledge of supplies needed in the noted areas, proper handling of and preparing specimens for diagnostic assessment

f. Animal Husbandry, Handling, Behavior and Restraint

g. Kennel care-maintaining the patient care area, understanding the principles of disinfection/sanitation, feeding, walking and caring for the veterinary patient while boarding and/or hospitalized in the veterinary facility.

h. Professionalism and communication in the veterinary setting

i. The importance of a commitment to lifelong learning

Semester I

VTHT 1301 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 3 hours
VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1 hours
BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I or
BIOL 1408 Biology for Non-Science Majors I
4 hours
MATH 1314 College Algebra 1
Students who plan to pursue a Bachelor in Veterinary Technology Should take MATH 1314 - College Algebra.
or
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning)
3 hours
AGRI 1419 Introductory Animal Science or
AGRI 1319 Introductory Animal Science and AGRI 1119 Intro Animal Science Lab
4 hours
15 hours

Semester II

VTHT 1291 Special Topics in Veterinary Assisting 2 hours
VTHT 1217 Veterinary Office Management 2 hours
VTHT 2325 Large Animal Assisting Techniques 3 hours
VTHT 2201 Canine and Feline Clinical Management 2 hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology or
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
3 hours
18 hours
Total hours:33 hours