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College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

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Certificate of Completion: 29 credits

Enrollment Point: Fall Quarter

The Veterinary Assistant program is accredited nationally by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA). This program prepares students to assist the veterinarian in all aspects of animal care. Veterinary Assistants provide surgical and nursing care to animals in clinics, as well as field settings. They also provide basic care, perform laboratory procedures, and assist in the veterinary clinic with other functions. Veterinary Assistants work in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.

The program includes classroom theory, laboratory, and internship experience in local veterinary clinics. Students receive hands-on experience with animals. Program content requires the application of basic math, technical reading, and communications skills.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to be able to function within the scope of practice of a Veterinary Assistant. 
  • Maintain safety when working with humans and animals. 
  • Perform as an integral member of an effective veterinary health care team while adhering to professional and ethical standards. 
  • Show proficiency in the Essential Skills dictated by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. 
  • Effectively communicate with veterinary healthcare team members and clients. 

Program Requirements

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for each course: 2.0

*Note: Clinical & Field-Based Experience courses require a Satisfactory (S) grade.

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