This program will offer students exposure to all
aspects of animal care. Students will learn general veterinary assistance
and exam procedures, animal pharmacy and pharmacology, basic animal
husbandry, and safety within the lab, imaging, and patient confinement
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
Orientation to Veterinary Medicine (VETA 5645) is a 12 hour course that
introduces the student to veterinary careers, safety in the veterinary
workplace, the human-companion animal bond, animal restraint, client
relations, and basic medical terminology. This course is REQUIRED before taking any other course
in this program.
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.
Fourteen hours of this course will be at scheduled field trips.
Required prerequisite is: Orientation to Veterinary Medicine.
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 30), tetanus
shot, completed background check and drug screen.
- please fill out and return upon enrollment in the Practicum
Upon completion of the 4 courses and practicum, students will be eligible to take the certification exam provided by the
Texas Veterinary Medical Association for CVA Level 1.
Elsevier's Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 2nd edition
Author: Margi Sirois
Elsevier's Veterinary Assisting Workbook, 2nd edition
Author: Margi Sirois
Dog Anatomy: A Coloring Atlas
Author: Kainer and McCraken
Publisher: CRC Press
Students must wear
navy blue scrubs to class at all times
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
for a copy of the application and checklist