Veterinary Assistant


As a veterinary assistant, you will help the veterinarian or 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: Average pay is $11 per hour. 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 2026.

Certification: 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. 

Schedule: The classes are held at the CTC central campus in Killeen on Saturdays and taught at an accelerated pace.

Program Requirements: Students must be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrollment. Students need to be proficient in keyboarding, have a basic understanding of a word processing computer program (Microsoft Word recommended, but optional) and have a command of English grammar and punctuation. Students will be required to have access to the Internet, printing capabilities and an email address. Application packets must include: 

  • High school diploma/transcript or G.E.D or official transcripts of higher education.
  • Two references (relatives may not be used) must be completed on Continuing Education forms. 

To view a comprehensive description of Continuing Education's veterinary program, see the Program Summary. For additional information or to register for the program contact us at 254-526-1586.