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Become a Certified

Veterinary Assistant



On-campus program - learn hands-on training from experienced professionals
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Veterinary Assistant certification course

essential information


program fees

  • CVA Tuition $2,100

  • Registration fee: $100

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

  • Tuition assistance may be available

Class info

  • 14-week program

  • Meets 2 days each week

  • 3 hours each day

  • Class size: 12 students

  • Space is limited, please register early

why pursue a career in Veterinary Assisting

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 new job openings for veterinary assistants are projected each year over the decade.

about our certificate program

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 through MedCA.

course topics

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

  • Careers

  • Medical Records

  • Medical Terminology and Abbreviations

  • Ethics & Legal Issues

  • Safety & Aseptic Techniques  

  • Basic Restraint & Handling Procedures

  • Physical Examination Procedures & Patient History

  • Veterinary Assistant Procedures 

  • Laboratory Procedures

  • Breed Identification & Production Management of:

    • ​Dogs
    • Cats

    • Beef & Dairy Cattle

    • Equine & Draft Animals

    • Swine

    • Goats

    • Poultry

    • Rabbits

    • Pocket Pets

    • Reptiles & Amphibians

    • Ornamental Fish and Aquaculture


start dates


Fall 2023

In-person Night Program

  • October 3, 2023

  • Meets on-campus every Tues/Thurs at 6:00 - 9:00 pm Central Time

Rolling Admission

  • Additional start dates will be added if enrollment permits

  • Please apply online and the Program Director will contact you directly

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