Veterinary Assistant

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CIP Code: 51.0808

Instructor: Mrs. Houtz

Do you want to turn your love and dedication for animals into a career? If you have a sincere devotion to promoting and aiding in the well-being of animals, this field might be for you! The Veterinary Assistant Program will prepare students for working in the Veterinary industry as a Veterinary Assistant through theory and hands-on learning to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for taking care of small and large animals. This program affords students with the opportunity of working with live animals daily. Seniors will have the opportunity to become Nationally Accredited as a Veterinary Assistant by NAVTA (The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) and earn a Certificate of achievement from PVMA (The Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association). Upon graduation, students can be working in a veterinary facility as a Veterinary Assistant or students have the opportunity to continue their education in a Veterinary Technology Degree Program or Pre-Veterinary Degree Program.


Veterinary Assistant students at work, photo 1       Veterinary Assistant students at work, photo        Veterinary Assistant students at work, photo 3 


  • Veterinary Office Procedures and Client Relations
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Animal Handling and Restraint
  • Small and Large Animal Breeds and Healthcare
  • Veterinary Examination Procedures
  • Pharmacy Procedures
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Radiology Procedures
  • Surgical and Anesthesia Assisting

 Possible Careers 

  • Veterinary Assistants & Laboratory Animal Caretakers
  • Veterinary Technologists & Technicians
  • Veterinary Hospital Manager
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Receptionist
  • Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

 Potential Certifications 

  • PA Skills Certificate (NOCTI)
  • PVMA Certification
  • Basic Animal First Aid
  • NAVTA Certification
  • Harcum College

Statewide Articulation Agreements