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At a Glance

Our Veterinary Assistant certificate workforce training program, approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), is taught by experienced Veterinary Technicians, covering such topics as laboratory tests, drug therapy, radiology procedures and more.

Approx. Number of Hours/Months:

250 hours/9 months

Program Cost:**


Est. Hourly Wage:*

$13-19 per hour

Min. Occupational Requirements:

18 years old or older; high school diploma or GED®

Veterinary Assistant Job Overview


Veterinary assistants support veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a small animal hospital environment. Their duties may include providing customer service, processing lab specimens, prepping animals for surgery, monitoring medications and radiology logs, setting up and tearing down surgical suites, autoclaving instruments and communicating effectively between the vet and the pet owner. 

Most veterinarian practices operate under normal business hours, but some are open weekends and require overnight hours. 

Financial Assistance

There’s more than $150,000 in funding available to help pay for short-term job training. Up to 90% of costs may be covered to complete this training program.

Licensure/certification earned

Students are eligible to sit for the National Veterinary Assistant exam and become an AVA (Approved Veterinary Assistant). 


View all current course offerings. Not all courses are offered within every term schedule. 

VOC-336 Preparation for the Veterinary Assistant Training Course Series
VOC-691 Veterinary Assistant Training I: Outpatient Care, Diagnostics and Pharmacy
VOC-692 Veterinary Assistant Training II: Patient Care, Surgery, Anesthesia and Emergency Care
VOC-430 Veterinary Assistant Training III: Clinic Externship

Additional Information & Program Requirements

Reading and math assessments are required prior to registration. This course includes a clinical practicum component that is completed outside of classroom hours and may require a daytime and/or evening schedule.

Interested in enrolling?

Contact our Continuing Education Office (Room A115) if you have any questions or concerns.

410-386-8100 |

*Wages are based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only. 

**Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks and related materials, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees or prerequisite courses.