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Veterinary Assistant

NEW in Fall 2017 at SIC's Carmi location!  Prepare for a job as a Veterinary Assistant in just one semester!
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If you love animals and think that spending all day around animals would be the best job ever, the Veterinary Assistant program at SIC may be right for you!  Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate and be qualified to work for a veterinarian, animal clinic, animal hospital, groomer, kennel, pet shop or animal shelter.   You can also earn free assistance with business plan writing, promotion and funding information from the WISBDC to open your own grooming or boarding facility upon completion!

Vet AssistantIn this program, you will learn about:

  • Small animal nursing
  • Vet practice management
  • Doggy daycare/boarding
  • Animal grooming
  • How to work with customers/owners
  • Secure a veterinary assistant internship

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for many daily tasks, such as feeding, weighing, and taking the temperature of animals. Other duties may include giving medication, cleaning cages, and providing nursing care before and after surgery and other medical procedures.
 
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has predicted that job openings for non-farm animal caretakers in general, including pet groomers, will increase by about 11% between 2014 and 2024, a faster than average growth rate (www.bls.gov). BLS also reported strong job opportunities for pet groomers due to the increasing number of households that own pets and high turnover in grooming positions. The median annual wage for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $25,250 in May 2016 with a projected growth of 9 percent from 2014 to 2024.
 
This certificate program can also be a stepping stone to a degree in veterinary technology.