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Drury GO Veterinary Assistant Certification PEP Program

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This 100 hour Veterinary Assistant program introduces students to the exciting and growing field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office.  Students will enjoy learning through classroom lecture as well as hands on labs.

As a veterinary assistant, students will 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 16 percent by 2029.

  • Tuition prices include textbooks, the optional externship, and the certification exam fees.
  • Student tuition: $3,850
  • Clinical externship: As part of this Veterinary Assistant program, you will be eligible to participate in a 40 hour clinical externship.
  • Coursework is completed 100% online within a 6-month completion window.
  • NWCA National Certification:  This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Veterinary Assistant Exam.

Program Details

The 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:

  • 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
  • Feeding and caring for animals

Education and certification

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. Students should have a high school diploma or GED equivalent

Course topics

  • 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