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Veterinary Assistant

The Veterinary Assistant certificate program prepares students with the knowledge and skills needed for a career working with animals in a variety of settings such as veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, grooming salons, pet shops and animal shelters.


VETERINARY ASSISTANT — Occupational Certificate


► Total = 17 Hours 

Gainful Employment Information

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Fall Semester (17 Cr. Hrs.)

  • OFTC 1234 Communication in Technical Services (3)
  • VET 1210 Small Animal Nursing I (3)
  • VET 1214 Animal Grooming (3) or
    SERV 1101 Service Learning (3)
  • VET 1215 Veterinary Practice Management (2)
  • VET 1218 Animal Facilities Management (3)
  • VET 2231 Veterinary Technology Internship I (3)

Program Outcomes

Veterinary Assistant

  • Students will demonstrate a knowledge of the tools used in grooming.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate in a clinical setting as part of a team.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in written communication.
  • Students will demonstrate the necessary skills to handle, restrain, and apply nursing techniques to small animals.


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Faculty & Staff

Dean of Allied Health
Phone Extension: 1777
Building: South Oasis
Office: 116
M.A.Ed., McKendree University | B.S., Midwestern State University
Administrative Assistant - Allied Health
Phone Extension: 1251
Building: South Oasis
Office: 104
B.S., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale A.A., Rend Lake College

Allied Health Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1251
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Allied Health
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Allied Health



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