Course DescriptionIf you have a nurturing spirit and a desire to help animals consider a career in the veterinary field! This course trains students to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing medical care to companion animals. Students training as veterinary assistants will also learn front office procedures as well as how to assist in examinations hospital procedures surgical preparation and laboratory tests medical terminology pharmacology diagnostic imaging and client relations.
This 250-hour NAVTA approved course includes a 100-hour clinical externship experience. Please note that the clinical externship will most likely take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to complete the course. Externship dates will be given in the first month of class to ensure ample time to inform current employers of your training if needed as time off from work may be required depending on your schedule. Students must complete a background check at an approved provider in order to participate in the clinical externship portion of the program. Students will also be required to provide proof of current health insurance. Prior felony convictions may prevent participation in the program. The fee for this service is NOT included in the course fee.
Course Prerequisites and Special Notes: A high school diploma or GED is required. In addition students must have the following minimum abilities: psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) visual acuity (normal or corrected) and the ability to lift 30 pounds in the clinical setting.
Students may be required to meet specific health requirements and drug testing prior to placement in the clinical portion of the course. This is based on the requirements of the externship site and will be determined at placement. Any fees to meet health requirements are NOT included in the course fee.
Typically Offered: Offered summer fall & spring.