Explore Academic Programs - Veterinary Assistant


Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) offers a simple cost effective option for certification. The TVMA Veterinary Assistant Training program is standardized and documents the basic skills and competencies required for animal care and assistance. Throughout the program, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to support the veterinarian and veterinary technician in their daily tasks while learning intermediate skills.


VTHT 1012 Basic Veterinary Assistant Summary

Pets are part of our families, and if you love animals, there are few jobs more rewarding than a veterinary assistant. You will acquire the knowledge necessary to support the veterinarian and veterinary technician in their daily tasks while learning basic skills. Learn about basic patient observation, record keeping, care and comfort, animal husbandry, sanitation, safety procedures and the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team. At the
end of the course, you will be able to describe safety, cleaning and disinfection procedures, bathing/dipping of patients, food and diet preparation, medical record entry, medicating techniques and disease prevention. In addition to 35 hours of classroom instruction, you are required to complete 35 volunteer hours outside of class. One hour is set aside for lunch on your own. (7 meetings) (3.5 CEUs).

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


Intermediate Veterinary Assistant Summary

In this program, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to support the veterinarian and veterinary technician in their daily tasks while learning intermediate skills. Learn about identifying slides, skin scrapings and tape prep for mites, venapuncture, blood tubes and placing catheters. The program educates veterinary assistants in the
essential skills and knowledge needed to become effective contributors to the veterinary medical care team. Other topics include general veterinary assistant, veterinary medical imaging, surgical preparation, assistance and veterinary pharmacy and pharmacology. One hour is set aside for lunch on your own. Classes must be taken as a cohort in the order in which they are offered. VTHT 1012 is a prerequisite to this program. TVMA Certification exam fees are not included in tuition. (24 meetings) This program consists of 120 hours of accelerated classroom training with emphasis on skills mastery through hands-on practice. (Total 120 Hours) (12 CEUs)

VTHT 1005 Veterinary Medical Terminology: Introduction to word parts, directional terminology and analysis of veterinary terms. (Clock Hours/32, CEUs 3.2)

VTHT 1011 Veterinary Clinical Skills: Survey of basic veterinary and nursing care skills. Includes aseptic techniques, operating room procedures and the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary team in a clinical setting. Describe common clinical procedures, read and fill prescriptions, outline surgical patient preparation procedures and explain aseptic technique and disinfection, medicating techniques, laboratory procedures, radiology and operating room protocol. (Clock hours/40, CEUs 4)

VTHT 1017 Veterinary Office Management: Practical experience in management of the veterinary practice. Emphasis on client relations, recordkeeping, inventory, employment skills and computer skills in the veterinary environment. Employ client and veterinary team communication, apply basic business principles such as the maintenance of medical records and computer skills and demonstrate employment skills including interviewing, resume writing and appropriate interview attire. (Clock Hours/48, CEUs 4.8)

Course fee: $1,299 Includes consumable supplies and course completion certificate.


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

These are non-credit, short-term training programs through CTC Continuing Education.

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

Basic Veterinary Assistant

35 Non-Credit Hours | 7 weeks

Intermediate Veterinary Assistant

120 Non-Credit Hours | 16 weeks

Continuing Education