Veterinary Assistant Education Requirements

A veterinarian assistant helps a veterinarian to provide medical and health care for animals. Their duties include taking blood samples and administrating medication to animals as well as assisting during examinations and procedures. An associate's degree or a bachelor's degree along with job training and completion of a certification examination are required to become a veterinarian assistant.

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Veterinary Assistant Education Requirements

Several educational options are available to those interested in becoming veterinarian assistants. Degree programs are often supplemented by on-the-job training or through an internship or externship. Community colleges with a veterinarian assistant program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association may offer a 2-year associate's degree program for interested students. Alternatively, 4-year bachelor of science programs are available at some colleges and universities for students looking for additional education. Regardless of the program, work experience and training must be supplemented in some way.

Courses

The majority of veterinary assistant courses are built around scientific principles. Classes are designed to be a mixture of lecture and laboratory work, allowing for students to develop an understanding of scientific theory as well as hands-on experience. Courses in animal nursing, diagnostic imaging, physiology, animal terminology and anatomy help students develop the skills needed to handle and assist animals.

Towards the end of the degree program, coursework focuses on learning about office and patient procedures. Courses focus on topics like pharmacology, anesthesia, surgical assisting and aseptic techniques. Students will develop specific skills like how to prep an animal for surgery or to take an animal's vital statistics, like weight and heart rate.

Credentialing Information

All states require veterinarian assistants to hold a professional license in order to maintain high standards of animal health care and safety and sanitation in the workplace. After completing the degree program, aspiring veterinary assistants must successfully complete both a written and oral examination. In some cases, a hands-on practical test is issued to test the student's physical ability to perform common veterinarian assistant job duties. Upon passing the examination, a veterinary assistant becomes certified, licensed or registered depending on the state.

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