Course Description
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 areas.
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:

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.

Practicum application - 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.

Textbook Information

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

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