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Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistant with dalmatian puppy

Work in a field that is growing by almost 40% over the next few years.

This is the perfect program for a high school graduate who is considering entering the veterinary field. Over the course of only 12 weeks you will gain the knowledge and confidence to help you get a job as a vet assistant. Through classroom and hands-on labs you will learn about:

  • Animal anatomy & behavior
  • Veterinary ethics
  • Medical & dental procedures
  • Front office procedures and much more
Employment Outlook

Veterinary Assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. As a Vet Assistant, students can work with animals and be a part of a professional veterinary staff. According to the Bureau of Labor Staistics, the demand for professional vet assistants will rise by almost 40% by 2020.

There is no nationally recognized certification for veterinary assisting. This course includes but is not limited to the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the care of animals as well as an understanding of the clerical/accounting duties necessary to maintain an efficient and competent front office. 

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

Prerequisites

Students entering the Veterinary Assistant program should have their high school diploma or GED. They should also be within 6 months of turning 18 years old or older.

Non-native English speakers

We want non-native English speaking students to be successful in our work ready programs. That is why you must score at the advanced level in reading, writing, speaking and listening on Adult Education’s assessments before enrolling. If your score falls below that requirement, we encourage you to enroll in Heartland’s free ESL classes as a first step. 

Detailed Course Information
This Veterinary Assistant program provides students an opportunity to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry-level position in the field of veterinary technology. Through classroom lectures and hands on labs, students who complete this program will be prepred to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing quality animal care including:
  • Obtaining and recording patient information;
  • Preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery;
  • Collecting samples and perform certain lab procedures;
  • Dressing wounds; assisting in diagnostic and medical procedures;
  • Communicating with animal owners; and
  • Feeding and caring for animals.

Register for Veterinary Assistant

Future start dates for this class:

  • Week of September 10th, 2018
  • Spring of 2019

Payment Options 

We offer an installment payment plan and student loans are available through SallieMae.

Call us at 309-268-8160 for more information.

Health Care Career Training Refund Policy

Employment Statement for Job Training Programs

Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.

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Heartland Community College
Workforce Development Center, Suite 2400
1500 West Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8160
TDD: 309-268-8030
Fax: 309-268-7882
E-mail: Continuing Education

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