Veterinary Assistant Program

The Veterinary Assistant Program offers 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.

This program is for students who love working with animals and would like to explore a career in a veterinary office.  Becoming a Certified Veterinary Assistant is a wonderful opportunity.  For students who have 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 an emphasis on basic techniques, handling and care of animals, and ethical and professional requirements.  There will be field trips when locations permit.

Veterinary Front Office (VETA 5642) is a 45-hour course that reviews client communication and relations, resume building, interviewing processes, phone etiquette, record keeping, and some basic practice management software computer skills. This course is a prerequisite for Practicum-Veterinary Assistant. 

Practicum - Veterinary Assistant (VETA 5650) is a 375-hour field experience in a veterinary setting that focuses on student completion of the skills checklist provided by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA).  It is preferred but not required for students to 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 this course. Eligibility for this course is dependent on the following: Students must submit the practicum application along with supporting documentation of a Meningitis shot (not required if over the age of 22), tetanus shot, completed background check and drug screen, and successful completion of the Veterinary Front Office course, and approval from the Program Manager.


Upon completion of the three courses within this program, students will be eligible to take the certification exam provided by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for CVA Level 1.  This exam is offered four (4) times a year at our Courtyard Center location.