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Veterinary Assistant

Prepare for a job as a Veterinary Assistant in just one semester!


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. There are limited spots for this program, so register early!

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.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, and employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 22 percent -- much faster than the average for all occupations.

This certificate program can also be a stepping stone to a degree in veterinary technology with a 20% increase in jobs expected from 2016-2026.

ArrowVet Assistant Program Overview - Downloadable PDF


Program Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the tools used in grooming.
Goal 2: Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate in a clinical setting as part of a team.
Goal 3: Demonstrate competence in written communication.
Goal 4: Demonstrate the necessary skills to handle, restrain, and apply nursing techniques to small animals.


Curriculum Guide

Veterinary Assistant Certificate

Interested students can also contact our SIC Recruiters at 618-252-5400 ext. 2245 and, or email recruiters@sic.edu.