Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting
Students completing this certificate will gain an understanding of the day-to-day of veterinary practice and basic skills that will make them valuable as a member of the veterinary medical or support team. Skills acquired will include basic animal handling, restraint, laboratory specimen collection and testing, pharmacy skills, recordkeeping, nursing care, and client communication. In addition, students will understand and practice sterility and veterinary medical language. This program will also provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for further veterinary education for students hoping to pursue licensure as a registered veterinary technician or veterinary school.
- Demonstrate knowledge, practical skills and abilities in animal handling, restraint, nursing, and treatment.
- Identify and operate equipment and technology commonly used in the veterinary industry.
- Communicate professionally with clients, members of the veterinary community, and the local community in both written and oral formats.
- Describe and develop an understanding of the veterinary community, careers within the profession of veterinary medicine, and skills required to excel within the community and profession.
Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following jobs: veterinary receptionist, veterinary assistant, veterinary kennel attendant.
Further clinical hours outside the prescribed curriculum may allow students to sit for approved veterinary assistant (AVA) examination or registered veterinary technician (RVT) examination.
|REQUIRED CERTIFICATE COURSES||21|
|AGMT 108||AG Business Computer Apps||3|
|ASCI 001||Intro to Animal Science||3|
|ASCI 104||Animal Diseases & Sanitation||3|
|ASCI 113||Farm Animal Biology||3|
|ASCI 117||Veterinary Terminology||3|
|VT 109||Intro to Veterinary Technology||3|
|VT 216||Veterinary Office Practices||3|
Select one of the following courses:
|ASCI 110||Swine Science||3|
|ASCI 111||Beef Cattle Science||3|
|ASCI 112||Small Ruminant Science||3|
|ASCI 123||Horse Production||3|
|DSCI 101||Introduction to Dairy Science||3|
|DSCI 104||Breed/Select of Dairy Cattle||3|
The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Agriculture Division Chair.