The healthcare industry is filled with opportunities in a number of exciting occupations, and Central Coast College offers the training you need to enter one of these in-demand professions. If you love animals, and have always wanted to work with them, a career as a Veterinary Assistant could be a great choice for you!
With training from Central Coast College, you can get the training you need for this rewarding career in as few as 38 weeks!
At Central Coast College, our Veterinary Assistant program is designed to give students hands-on experience working with animals and thoroughly prepare students for careers as Veterinary Assistants. Veterinary Assistants provide critical assistance and support to scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians with their daily tasks. Common tasks for Veterinary Assistants include feeding, bathing and exercising animals, preparing for examinations and procedures, caring for animals after surgery, and giving medication and immunizations prescribed. In this 38-week program, students learn the comprehensive skills and knowledge necessary to successfully work alongside veterinarians and veterinary technicians in a variety of animal care settings. Students in the Veterinary Assistant program receive first aid and CPR training, as well as real-world on-the-job experience through an Externship. Students who wish to continue their education may take an additional year of courses in order to obtain their Associate of Applied Science, Veterinary Technology degree,
In the Veterinary Assistant program, you will learn:
- Proper restraining techniques
- Assisting with radiology and ultrasound imaging
- Maintaining and sterilizing equipment and facilities
- Administering some medications and immunizations
- Grooming procedures
- Maintaining medical records and taking patient history
Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion upon completion of the program and are prepared for immediate entry-level employment as Veterinary Assistants.