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Become a Certified

Veterinary Assistant

Train for a rewarding career you'll love to go to everyday



Do you love pets, maybe even more than people? Veterinary Assistants play a vital role in ensuring the health and wellbeing of animals. They also provide basic animal care such as feeding, cleaning, and monitoring animal health. Working in diverse environments such as veterinary offices, animal hospitals, zoos and laboratories, veterinary assistants have the opportunity to work with a wide range of animals. If this sounds like a dream scenario, our CVA program is the right one for you.

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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

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

How to Apply


The application and enrollment process for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Programs must be completed at least 30 days prior to requested program start date.

Apply on our Website

Schedule an Advising Meeting

Present Required Documents

Purchase Required Textbook

Begin Class

Required documents for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program are:

Photo ID

Social Security Card

Birth Certificate

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