Veterinary Assisting Program

What are the Requirements for the Veterinary Assisting Program?

If you’ve been considering turning your passion for animals into what you do for a living, the veterinary assisting program at Caris College is a great place to start! Before we dive into that, let’s cover some of the basics about what a future as a veterinary assistant looks like.

 What Veterinary Assistants Do in a Vet Practice

As a veterinary assistant, your primary role is to provide support to veterinarians and other staff members in a veterinary clinic or hospital. This includes performing tasks such as:

  • Assisting technicians and doctors with examinations and procedures
  • Preparing and sterilizing equipment
  • Collecting laboratory samples
  • Administering medication
  • Filing patient records
  • Communicating and educating clients

Skills and Competencies Needed

Veterinary assistants interact with pet owners, staff members, and many others. That’s why strong communication skills are essential. It’s also important to be detail-oriented and to have physical stamina because veterinary assistants often need to lift and restrain animals. Finally, having efficient problem-solving skills and the ability to stay calm under pressure are needed traits in this fast-paced environment.

Career Outlook

If you’re looking for a career with long-term growth potential, a veterinary assisting career is a great choice. The demand for qualified veterinary assistants is expected to grow at a much faster than average rate adding 20,000 new jobs by 2031. The field also offers diverse job opportunities, including positions in veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, zoos, shelters, and even research facilities.

Why Choose the Caris College Veterinary Assisting Program?

The veterinary assisting program at Caris College was designed to help students get on the fast track to their future with an accelerated 10-month program that provides a solid foundation of the skills required to work as a veterinary assistant. The program includes hands-on training in a fully operational clinical lab with industry-recognized training and certification requirements to fulfill a variety of roles at any veterinary office.

The program also offers flexible day or evening classes, career services, and job placement assistance after graduation. The faculty is there to support you from the day you step on campus to graduation.

Requirements for Admission

To enroll in the veterinary assisting program at Caris College, you must be at least 18 years of age and have earned either a high school diploma or GED before enrollment. The rest is simple. You can complete the admissions application online and the next step is to schedule a time to meet with our admissions and financial aid representatives to determine the best options to pay for your training. Our team will work directly with you to see if you qualify for financial aid and will guide you through the entire process. Once you’ve completed all the admissions requirements, all that’s left is to start your journey to a future caring for animals.

Pets may not be our whole lives, but most people would agree that they make our lives whole! If you’d like to learn more about the veterinary assisting program at Caris College, contact us now, or just apply today!