QUICK FACTS

Self-paced eLearning course includes 6-months access to online content, all eBooks, supplemental content, and related course materials, as applicable

Tuition: $1,899

Register: Click here to enroll

Contact: Call (434) 973-1945 for more information

VETERINARY ASSISTANT ONLINE

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

Now you can study to become a certified healthcare professional at your own pace and within your schedule. The VETERINARY ASSISTANT ONLINE program is offered by CATEC with interactive learning modules, 24/7 mentoring, learning exercises, labs, and a student portal with career resources. To learn about this program and enroll today, click here.

THE VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROFESSION

The Veterinary Assistant program from CATEC prepares students for a position helping to participate in the care needed for a variety of veterinary clients. Veterinary Assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. As a Veterinary Assistant, students can work with animals and be a part of a professional veterinary staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for professional veterinary assistants will rise 39% by 2030.  Enjoy the rewards of working with animals! This exciting new Veterinary Assistant Program can help students make a difference by learning to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices.  

THE VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROGRAM

This Veterinary Assistant program provides students an opportunity to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry-level position in the field of veterinary technology.  Through classroom lectures and hands on labs, students who complete this program will be prepared to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing quality animal care including:  This course covers the following key areas and topics: 

  • Obtaining and recording patient information;  

  • Preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery;   

  • Collecting samples and perform certain lab procedures;   

  • Dressing wounds; assisting in diagnostic and medical procedures;   

  • Communicating with animal owners; and  

  • Feeding and caring for animals.  

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

This program provides instruction and training in the Veterinary Assistant field.  This course includes but is not limited to the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the care of animals as well as an understanding of the clerical/accounting duties necessary to maintain an efficient and competent front office.   

 Educational Requirements:  People interested in becoming Veterinary Assistants should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

DETAILED COURSE TOPICS COVERED

  • Veterinary terminology; Anatomy & Physiology  

  • Veterinary ethics; patient care & communication  

  • Assisting with veterinary procedures and surgery,  

  • Nursing care of hospitalized animals and administering medications as directed   

  • Applying bandages and splints  

  • Sterilizing instruments; microbiology, cytology, parasitology and serology; lab tests  

  • IV initiation and fluid therapy  

  • Veterinary pharmacology & filling prescriptions   

  • Understanding animal behavior  

  • AKC, common canine and feline breeds  

  • Office procedures, booking appointments, billing and collections; Interact with animals and their owners; obtain animal health histories and records; recognize signs and symptoms of illness and disease in animals  

  • Veterinary facility cleanliness and orderliness  

  • Health hazards in the veterinary practice  

  • Restraining and transporting animals to/from cages and stalls; bathing & exercising animals  

  • Identification, handling, and care of various exotic animal species 

  • Laboratory skills and simulated/animated labs 

  EACH COURSE INCLUDES

  • 24/7 instructor support and course mentoring 

  • Student and instructor collaboration 

  • Engaging labs, student exercises, course videos and animated simulations 

  • Student pre and post assessments and online performance tracking 

  • National and state certification opportunities 

  • A secure Student Portal which includes: career guidance, resume writing and other career resources 

HOW TO ENROLL

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CONTACT US

For inquiries about our Adult Education and Apprenticeship programs, contact:

  • Emily Thomas, CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship Office Associate/Database Administrator, by email or call (434) 973-1945

  • Shannon Tomlin, CATEC Adult Education and Apprenticeship Program Manager, by email or call (434) 973-1945