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Veterinary Assisting Diploma

Veterinary assistants are becoming more important as valued members of the veterinary healthcare team in today’s modern practices.

This is a one-year program that prepares students to support veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a veterinary practice. Duties performed by veterinary assistants include animal restraint, preparing animals for surgery, care of surgical instruments and other equipment, care and feeding of in-patients, processing radiographs, and front office procedures. Veterinary assistants are not trained to give injections, take blood samples, perform laboratory procedures, administer anesthetics, monitor patients during anesthesia, or assist in surgery.

Students choosing to advance their career may become veterinary technicians by completing the veterinary technology program in an additional two years.

Program Goals

The program will:

  • Prepare learners to attain program learning outcomes by utilizing performance-based curriculum in a caring and supportive environment.
  • Measure and assess student learning and implement improvements, as needed, to ensure high quality academic programs and services.
  • Prepare learners to develop plans for the pursuit of graduate studies and/or continuing professional development activities and membership in professional and community organizations.
  • Confirm that faculty members meet university qualifications guidelines, utilize effective and innovative teaching methods that promote academic excellence, and pursue opportunities for professional development.
  • Monitor the needs of the program's community of interest and maintain the currency and relevancy of program curriculum through regular faculty and advisory committee meetings and academic program reviews.
  • Achieve and maintain specialized program accreditation.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic animal anatomy.
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge specific to the veterinary assisting field.
  • Perform basic skills required to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in a clinical setting.