Explore Academic Programs - Veterinary Assistant

As a Veterinary Assistant you will help the Veterinarian or the Veterinarian Technician in their daily tasks. Students will learn to feed and give water to pets; examine them for signs of illness, disease or injury; clean and disinfect cages and work areas; as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. This program combines 35-hours of accelerated classroom training with emphasis on skills mastery through hands-on practice and supervision and 35-hours of volunteer experience to be completed independently by the student. Volunteer hours must be logged on the CE Veterinary volunteer log.   (Total 70 Hours)

Course Fee: $399 Includes consumable supplies and course completion certificate.

Financial Assistance: Students who are eligible may use MyCAA benefits.

Community Job Survey:  Pet owners are becoming more affluent and more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care because many of them consider their pet to be part of the family. This growing affluence and view of pets will continue to increase the demand for veterinary care and cause the field to grow faster than average through 2018. This is a short-term continuing education (non-credit) program.

Schedule: The classes are held on CTC Killeen Central Campus on Saturdays and taught at an accelerated pace.

View a comprehensive description of Continuing Education's Veterinary Program. For additional information or to register for the program contact us at 254-526-1586.

Careers, Potential Earnings & Market Growth Rates

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Potential Earnings: $12.14 hourly, $25,250 annually

Market Growth Rate (2016-2026); faster than average (9 - 13%)

Nonfarm Animal Caretakers

Potential Earnings: $10.57 hourly; $21,990

Market Growth Rate (2016-2026): faster than average (9 - 13%) 

Degrees and Certificates

Upon successful completion of the course and volunteer experience, graduates will receive a certificate of completion within 2-3 weeks after class ends. The volunteer experience log (showing 35 hours completed) must be turned in no later than 10 business days after class ends. 

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Delivery Mode

Certificate of Completion

Veterinary Assistant

35 Non-Credit Hours | 7 weeks

Continuing Education