Veterinary Assistant Program

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What is a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary Assistants are entry-level healthcare professionals that work in many different veterinary settings.  Veterinary Assistants are there to help the veterinarians and veterinary technicians with multiple duties to ensure efficiency and optimal care for the animals.  They may help with both administrative duties and directly assisting in medical procedures.  Providing compassionate care is a big part of their job.  Some Veterinary Assistants develop careers in other areas of animal are such as: pet sitting, behavioral training, grooming, and animal therapy.

The Collin College Veterinary Assistant Program is 502 hours that can be completed in approximately one year.  Through this training program, receive quality training from dedicated and experienced instructors.  Receive hands-on training to be able to work side-by-side with a veterinary team tending to the needs of animals.  Students learn about a number of veterinary assistant duties and jobs dedicated to treating domestic animals, and believe they all deserve compassionate medical care.

Take the first steps towards a new career in the veterinary field with our Veterinary Assistant Program and get started today!

What is the Difference between a Licensed Veterinary Technician and a Certified Veterinary

There's often confusion about veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians as the same job.  While employees in these two positions work together and have some similarities, their role duties do vary.  Both roles ultimately lead to keeping animals healthy and strong.  In either role, you become a trusted member of a veterinarian's staff, and more importantly, you are making a difference in animals' lives. Below are some differences in job duties:

Licensed Veterinary Technicians:

Restrain animals during procedures or exams
Perform radiographs on animals
Collect and perform lab tests; such as bloodwork, urinalysis, and fecals.                                                    Monitor hospitalized animal patients
Prep animals and instruments for surgery
Administer anesthesia and monitor responses
Provide emergency first aid                                                                                                                         

Certified Veterinary Assistants:

Maintain a safe and clean veterinary hospital environment
Groom and bathe animals
Feed animals
Exercise Animals
Watch and care for animals after surgery
Restrain animals during procedures or exams
Help veterinary technicians perform radiographs on animals
Stock exam rooms and hospital treatment areas with medical supplies
Set up supplies and equipment for medical procedures






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