(75 hours instructor-led online instruction, 25 hours independent online training, 40-hour externship)
With more than 85 million households owning at least one pet, the veterinary field is a growing field!
Veterinary Assistants are valued team members in veterinary practices, clinics, and hospitals. They work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to provide quality care for healthy, sick, and injured animals. In this program, students will receive hands-on training on the correct handling and care of pets, learn proper examination procedures, and discover how to check for signs of illness and injury. Additional topics covered include anatomy and physiology, medical terminology and acronyms, nutrition, legal, ethical, and professional standards, and maintenance and management of a veterinary practice. This class is entry level and specifically NOT a Veterinary Technician class, which requires a two-year degree program. Textbook purchased separately.
$43, 531 (Median) (Source: www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
21.5% from 2016-2026 (Source: www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov
$1,499 (includes externship placement, externship insurance coverage and certificate of completion; textbooks purchased separately)
Textbook: Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Textbook,
Edition, and Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Workbook,