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Carrington College’s Veterinary Assisting program prepares students for the clinical, lab, and administrative duties required for entry-level employment as a veterinary assistant.

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Discover What It’s Like to Train to Become a Veterinary Assistant at Carrington College

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It is a true honor to work with any kind of species of animal.
Milayna J.2020 Veterinary Assisting Graduate

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What Will I learn?

Veterinary Surgical and Assisting Techniques
Veterinary Hospital Practices
Animal Nursing and Care

Career Opportunities

Veterinary assistants provide routine animal care to help veterinarians with their daily tasks. 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.

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Program Details

What Will I Learn in the Veterinary Assistant Program?

Carrington College’s Veterinary Assisting program prepares students for the clinical, lab, and administrative duties required for entry-level employment as a veterinary assistant. The program concludes in an externship that allows students to practice skills in an actual veterinary health care setting.

Our Veterinary Assisting program offers courses that provide education in the clinical, laboratory, and administrative duties of a veterinary assistant. They include hospital practices, laboratory procedures, surgical and specialty procedures and pharmacy and pharmacology calculations.

Program Outcomes

Veterinary assistants typically work under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian doing clinical work such as performing various diagnostic tests and medical treatments. They also assist with dental care, prepare tissue samples and assist veterinarians in a variety of exams and procedures.

Upon completion of the Veterinary Assisting program, graduates will be able to:

  • Perform a variety of administrative, clinical, nursing and surgical assisting procedures in veterinary medical settings
  • Perform as an integral member of a veterinary health care team while adhering to professional and ethical standards

Carrington’s Health Studies Associate of Science Degree program provides an opportunity for individuals to build on prior education to earn the educational credential that is often needed for advancement in the health and wellness fields.

The Health Studies AS Degree program is an online degree-completion option that offers students a broad base of general education course offerings that can be completed in as few as 7 months.  Visit Our Health Studies Page

Locations

Carrington College’s Veterinary Assisting program is available at five locations in three states. To learn more about each location, explore their campus pages.

* Instruction is delivered at the Phoenix Trades Education Center: 8836 N. 23rd Ave., Building B, Phoenix, AZ 85021

Student Life at Carrington College

We know college is a big step. But education can be the first step in building a better future. Your instructors, administrators, and fellow students are there to help if you ever hit a bump in the road along the way. Carrington College offers a lot of great student support services designed to help you succeed.

Student Finance
From scholarships and grants to loans, we will help you understand how to search and apply for financial aid. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

Tutoring and Study Groups
For 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
Before graduation from our Veterinary Assisting program, we’ll help you with job search strategies with everything from resume writing help to job search support to interview tips.

Veterinary Assistant Career Opportunities

Veterinary assistants provide routine animal care to help veterinarians with their daily tasks. Between 2020 and 2030 employment for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14%, faster than average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.2

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.

Cost & Financial Aid

Education is a major investment, but it’s an investment in your future. Every student comes to Carrington with unique financial needs. Carrington College is committed to helping you achieve your education goals. We participate in most financial assistance programs, both federal and state, as well as private financing. Each program has different requirements and application instructions. Student loans, grants, and scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For complete information on current tuition costs, please see the Academic Catalog.

The best way for us to understand your financial needs is to meet in person. Call (602) 492-1086 to make an appointment with our Student Finance Department so we can help you develop your personalized financial plan to achieve your educational goals.

Accreditation and Approvals

Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), 415 506 0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the US Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at accjc.org.

For comprehensive information on Carrington’s accreditation and approvals, visit carrington.edu/accreditation-and-approvals/.

Check out our guide on becoming a Veterinary Assistant.

Have you always wanted to work in a veterinary setting, but don’t want to attend school for years? Then a job as a veterinary assistant might be a good career for you. Veterinary assistants work in a variety of roles in veterinary offices and clinical settings supporting the licensed staff with technical tasks.

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Vet Assistant FAQ

How long does it take to be a vet assistant?

Carrington College’s hands-on Veterinary Assisting program can be completed in as few as nine months.

What does a vet assistant do?

As stated by the BLS, veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for the following tasks:2

  • Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operating rooms
  • Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment
  • Monitoring and care for animals after surgery
  • Helping provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
  • Giving medication or immunizations that veterinarians prescribe
  • Assisting in collecting blood, urine, and tissue samples
What is the difference between a vet tech and a vet assistant?

Vet techs are qualified professionals that can perform high-level clinical tasks to help diagnose or treat animals. But vet assistants support veterinarians or veterinary technicians in their daily tasks while performing clerical work. Some of their duties may include performing daily kennel functions, maintaining animals, or spending time on front-end tasks. The main difference between vet techs and vet assistants is that vet assistants complete clerical activities.

How long does it take to be a vet assistant?

Carrington College’s hands-on Veterinary Assisting program can be completed in as few as nine months.

What does a vet assistant do?

As stated by the BLS, veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for the following tasks:2

  • Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operating rooms
  • Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment
  • Monitoring and care for animals after surgery
  • Helping provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
  • Giving medication or immunizations that veterinarians prescribe
  • Assisting in collecting blood, urine, and tissue samples

What is the difference between a vet tech and a vet assistant?

Vet techs are qualified professionals that can perform high-level clinical tasks to help diagnose or treat animals. But vet assistants support veterinarians or veterinary technicians in their daily tasks while performing clerical work. Some of their duties may include performing daily kennel functions, maintaining animals, or spending time on front-end tasks. The main difference between vet techs and vet assistants is that vet assistants complete clerical activities.

Disclaimer

  1. Student loans, grants and scholarships are available to those who qualify.
  2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/veterinary-assistants-and-laboratory-animal-caretakers.htm#tab-2