Portland, Oregon Veterinary Assisting Program

Classes start on January 12, 2015

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Provide Compassionate Care for Animals as a Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants usually provide basic clinical services under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician. These tasks often includes things like:

  • Perform office reception duties, such as scheduling appointments or helping customers
  • Perform routine laboratory tests or diagnostic test
  • Assist veterinarians in examining animals
  • Perform hygiene-related duties
  • Prepare surgical equipment and pass instruments to veterinarians during surgical procedures

You Can Care For the Animals You Love As a Veterinary Assistant

If you love animals and would love to work with them in your career, becoming a veterinary assistant might be the answer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $23,130 in May 2012.* Many veterinary assistants are employed in places like:

  • Animal hospitals
  • Private clinics
  •  Laboratories
  • Colleges and universities
  • Research facilities

Get Your Paws On Some Great Experience As a Veterinary Assisting Student

Carrington College’s Portland campus offers a mix of education in three key areas of veterinary assisting: Classroom, Lab, and Externship. This blend of traditional classroom learning is combined with interactive lab exercises with live animals and animal simulators. From there, you’ll enter a working externship with an actual veterinary care facility, where you’ll learn how to put your skills to use under the guidance of real working professionals.

This hands-on approach to learning not only helps you to master the material quickly, it also helps you build confidence in your skills and abilities to bring health and wellness to all the world’s creatures big and small.

Earn Your Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting

Students at Carrington College’s Portland campus can graduate with Certificate of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting. Here, you can enjoy many of the things that make our campus a great choice for your education, including caring instructors and classmates, a helpful administrative staff, and an educational program designed to prepare you for the real world.