Train to Become a Veterinary Assistant
Earn a Certificate in as few as 9 months

Animal Nursing Fundamentals

Practice safe animal capture, handling, and restraint techniques as well as essential veterinary nursing skills.

Diagnostic Tests and Medical Treatments

Perform clinical tasks such as diagnostic tests and medical treatments under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian.

Diagnostic Imaging

Learn how to properly restrain animals, process films and verify image accuracy.
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What is a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary assistants help keep pets happy and health. Typical responsibilities of a veterinary assistant include; maintenance of animal medical records, assistance with diagnostic and surgical procedures.

Why Become a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary assistants provide routine animal care to help veterinarians with their daily tasks. Between 2018 and 2028 employment for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 19%, much faster than average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1.

Most veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work full time and may work holidays or weekends. Expect this industry to continue to grow with the animal rights movement and the demand for better operational procedures for pets.

3 Reasons To Choose Carrington College
Tutoring and Study Groups
or help with schoolwork, your instructors and Student Success Center staff are often available for tutoring or you can join in an open student study group.
Externships, Clinical Rotations and Fieldwork
Most programs include an opportunity to learn in the real world before you even graduate! You’ll earn impressive experience that looks great on your resume.
Career Services
After graduation, we’ll help you with your career search with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.
  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers, on the Internet at (visited July 28, 2020). Data reflects a national projected percentage change in employment from 2018-2028 and may not reflect local economic conditions.
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