Course Description
This program will offer students an opportunity to learn in a classroom setting and a chance for an entry level position into the field. Students will learn about safety in the hospital, exam procedures, pharmacology, husbandry, laboratory procedures, basic nursing care, diagnostic imaging, and diseases and their processes.
Is this program for you?
If you love working with animals and would like to explore a career in a veterinary office, becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant is a wonderful opportunity. If you've been working as a Veterinary Assistant but would like to become certified, this program fills the requirements for certification through the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.
Program Summary:
Introduction to Veterinary Technology (VETA 5640) is an 82 hour course that gives a survey of the profession with emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals, and ethical and professional requirements. There will be field trips when locations permit.


Health Career Success (HLTH 5350) is a 24 hour course that prepares the students to enter the healthcare workforce, and includes components such as: resume building, interview skills, appropriate attire, office politics, and professional etiquette.
 

Practicum - Veterinary Assistant (VETA 5650) is a 500 hour field experience in a veterinary setting that focuses on student completion of the skills checklist provided by the TVMA. We prefer but it is NOT required that you participate in the practicum while attending the other required courses within this program.  There is an additional non-refundable liability insurance fee of $5-$22 added to the cost of your course.  Students must submit the Practicum application (link below) along with supporting documentation: Meningitis shot (not required if over 22), tetanus shot, completed background check and drug screen, and passing of Health Career Success before being allowed to enroll into Practicum..


Practicum application - please fill out and return upon enrollment in the Practicum

Certification
Upon completion of the 2 courses and Practicum, students will be eligible to take the certification exam provided by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for CVA Level 1. This exam is offered 4 times a year at our Courtyard Center location.
 

Veterinary Assistant class photo

Textbook Information

Required
Elsevier's Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 2nd edition

ISBN: 978-0-323-35922-1
Author: Margi Sirois
Publisher: Elsevier

Elsevier's Veterinary Assisting Workbook, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-0-323-37710-2
Author: Margi Sirois
Publisher: Elsevier

Recommended
Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas

ISBN: 9781893441170
Author: Kainer and McCraken
Publisher: CRC Press

Course Requirements
Students must wear navy blue scrubs to class at all times
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
Click here for a copy of the application and checklist

For more information, contact cehealthcare@collin.edu or call 972.985.3761