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Vet Assistant

Certified Veterinary Assistant

Registration for CVA is Open

Tuition $2,100
Non-refundable registration fee: $100

Textbooks are required at the student's expense. Required textbook is:
"Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals and Applications" (ISBN 10 - 1305499212) 

Class Info

20-week certificate program


Meets 2 days each week

3 hours each day

Class size: 12 students

Space is limited, please register early to secure your spot

   start dates   

October 1, 2023

6:00 - 9:00 pm

All classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday each week.



* All times listed are Central Time

**Additional start dates will be added if enrollment permits



The Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) program prepares learners for a new career in the field of veterinary medicine. A veterinary assistant is someone who works under the direction of a veterinarian, laboratory animal technologist or scientist to help with administrative and non-medical care of pets and non-farm animals such as cats, rabbits, dogs, ferrets and birds. The veterinary assistant is responsible for providing care such as feeding, cleaning, giving water and administering medication to animals in veterinary offices, zoos, laboratories or animal hospitals.


Participants in the Veterinary Assistant program will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease in a variety of animals from common pets to exotic species.


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 learners with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office. This veterinary assisting course is a vital asset to learners who wish to work in this exciting and rewarding field.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to sit for their CVA certification exam.  The certification is through the MedCA.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary assistants earn a median annual salary of $29,780 and work in one of the fastest growing professions. The BLS estimates employment is projected to grow 14 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. On average, 19,800 openings for veterinary assistants are projected each year over the decade.

 Courses Topics 

In the Certified Veterinary Assistant program, the skills and topics you will learn include:

  • Veterinary Careers

  • Veterinary  Medical Records

  • Veterinary Medical Terminology and Abbreviations

  • Veterinary Ethics & Legal Issues

  • Veterinary Safety & Aseptic Techniques     

  • Basic Veterinary Restraint & Handling Procedures

  • Physical Examination Procedures & Patient History

  • Veterinary Assistant Procedures 

  • Veterinary Laboratory Procedures

  • Dog Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Cat Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Beef & Dairy Cattle Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Equine & Draft Animal Breed Identification & Production Management  

  • Swine Breed Identification & Production Management

  • Goat Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Poultry Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Rabbit Identification & Production Management 

  • Pocket Pet Health & Production Management

  • Reptile & Amphibian Breed Identification & Production Management 

  • Ornamental Fish and Aquaculture Identification & Production Management   



Interested in learning more about the Certified Veterinary Assistant program?


Contact Program Director Hali Chapman at 

219-866-6000 ext. 2022

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