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The Veterinary Assistant Certificate program requires students to complete a total of 29 credit hours. Veterinary assistants typically work with pets and pet owners to ensure satisfaction during their visit. These assistants help veterinarians with animal care, which may include keeping an animal at ease during a visit and assisting with the care of animals that are staying overnight. Tasks that are included in animal care may also include cleaning cages, bathing animals, sterilizing equipment, feeding, weighing, and ensuring the overall well being of animals who are in care. Veterinary assistants communicate, answer questions, and address concerns of pet owners on a daily basis. The public speaking or interpersonal communication course that is required through the program is essential to prepare students to communicate effectively with pet owners and co-workers.
Vet assistants may work in veterinary clinics and animal hospitals once they have completed the certificate program. The curriculum covers a variety of topics and equips students with valuable knowledge that is often sought after by employers. Veterinary nursing care, business procedures, diagnostic imaging, clinical pathology, and medical terminology are a few of the many topics that will be explored through coursework. Students should learn about vet anesthesia and gain the ability to surgically assist veterinarians during procedures. Vet assistants must also acquire knowledge of small animal diseases and medical care in order to ensure that they are competent when handling the animals that come into their care.
All courses that are required are available online. Students may earn their certificate in the comfort of their own home. This learning format caters to students who have demanding schedules. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to perform all required duties of a vet assistant. However, those who hold only a certificate are not qualified to take the National Veterinary Technology Examination or most State exams.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
The San Juan College Veterinary Technology Distance Learning Program is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
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