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Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants feed and bathe animals, administer medication as prescribed by the veterinarian, and assist the veterinary team with animal nursing techniques. Students learn how to do basic office procedures and how to provide large and small animal care including how to perform diagnostic procedures. Students practice in a variety of settings as chosen by the instructor. Upon completion of this course, students have experiences and skills necessary to become employed in a veterinary clinic or hospital.

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Curriculum / Hours

Health Careers Core Curriculum 225
Anatomy and Physiology 120
Core Medical Terminology 45
Veterinary Office Management Procedures 15
Core Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid 15
Large and Small Animal Medicine 15
Large and Small Animal Care 15
Diagnostic Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant 15
Surgical Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant 30
Routine Duties in a Veterinary Clinic 30
Principles of Pharmacology for the Veterinary Assistant 15
Internship for Veterinary Assistants 60
Total Hours 600


College Credit

College Credit may be available for this career major.



Tuition - In District $1,620
Tuition - Out of District $1,800
Supply Fees $430


Student Organization

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) is a national student organization for high school and adult students that promotes career opportunities in the healthcare industry to enhance the delivery of quality healthcare to all people. HOSA provides opportunities for students to enhance their personal and leadership qualities through individual and group projects and through skill competitions which are held on local, state, and national levels.

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