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Veterinary Assistant

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The career major Veterinary Assistants feed and bathe animals, administer medication as prescribed by the veterinarian, assist the veterinary team with animal nursing techniques and clean and sanitize labs, equipment, and surgical areas.  Students learn how to provide large and small animal care including preventive care, post-surgical care, diagnostic processes, and basic office procedures. Students practice in a variety of settings as chosen by the instructor. Upon completion of this course, students have experiences and skills necessary to become employed in a veterinary clinic, veterinary hospital, or farm/ranch operations

Morning session – 8:10 – 11:10 a.m.
Afternoon session – 12:45 – 3:45 p.m.

Career Major Name:  Veterinary Assistant
Clock Hours/Weeks of Instruction:  525/20
Normal Completion Time:  20 weeks for full-time status

Required Courses:

  • Anatomy of Domestic Animals
  • Animal Reproduction & Nutrition
  • Core Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid
  • Diagnostic Procedures for Vet Assistant
  • Internship for Vet Assistant
  • Introduction to Veterinary Assistant
  • Laboratory Techniques
  • Physiology of Domestic Animals
  • Principles of Large Animal Care
  • Principles of Pharmacology For Vet Assistant
  • Principles of Small Animal Care
  • Principles of Veterinary Pathology & Parasitology
  • Safety, Workplace Hazards & Infection Control
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Office Procedures

Career Opportunities:

  • Animal hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Research Laboratories
  • Universities
  • Ranch’s
  • Retail Sales

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Application Process:
High school students see your home school counselor
Adults contact Mid-America counselor (405) 449-3391

Average Salary:

OSBCTE (Oklahoma State Board of Career & Technology Education)

**CTSO: SkillsUSA

**Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO)