Veterinary Assistant Program
The science of veterinary medicine, including animal care and training, clinical procedures, medical terminology, grooming, and disease prevention are key components of this course. Students interact daily with a wide variety of animals fostered in our facilities and provide their medical care while learning from certified professionals.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English); on track to graduate.
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year 1
- 2.5 CTE and .5 Science Year Two
- Jefferson College - 2 credits
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- Certified Vet Assistant - State of Missouri Vet Med Association
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 51%-75% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 26%-50% 51%-75%
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Live animals
- Medical examination equipment
- Sterilization equipment
- Sharps including needles, scalpels, glass slides
- Animal containment tools and equipment
- Treatment materials such as bandages, gauze and swabs
- Medicinal measuring and administering tools
- Animal grooming tips
- Veterinary Science
- Introduction to Veterinary Assisting
- Animal Care Training, AviMark, Vet Med Team, and SP2 training
- Program t-shirt, scrub pants and non-skid shoes (tennis shoes are appropriate)
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Have a basic knowledge of biology; student will take Anatomy and Physiology with this program
Read animal behavior and make safe choices; must be able to follow all safety rules and assume personal responsibilit
Problem solving skills and the ability to make decisions quickly
Empathy and ability to expression compassion
Comfortable working with a variety of animal species
Emotional maturity; patience and tolerance of animals and their behaviors
Control temper and regulate emotions in high stress situations
Tolerate a Veterinary environment which includes loud noises, unpleasant smells, and bodily fluids
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Moving, lifting, carrying, and working with heavy animals and objects
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.