Veterinary Assistant Program

vetThe Veterinary Assistant program is a 300-hour course endorsed by Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians (NAVTA) provides skills high in demand in veterinary facilities, animal hospitals, animal shelters, and animal laboratories. Graduates can assist veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians with; animal nursing care, surgical assistance, laboratory sampling, client education as well as office work. Be a part of the animal handling, diagnostic, examination, and treatments team!

Veterinary Assistant Program Curriculum

In this program, you will learn proper procedure in the following areas:

  • Large Animal
  • Small and Companion Animal
  • Exotic Animal
  • Laboratory
  • Office
  • Pharmacy
  • Radiology
  • Surgical Assistance

At the end of the program, students will have the opportunity to take the PVMA or Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association exam. This exam is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. There is a written and practical portion to the exam.

For an additional fee, students are eligible to take the NAVTA-approved national veterinary assistant exam. With successful completion of the exam, individuals will become Approved Veterinary Assistants (AVA) and be recognized for their accomplishment with the AVA designation. Admissions is on an annual basis starting in August.

Cost $3,800  (We accept Cash, Checks, Visa, and MasterCard)


Veterinary Assistant Tuition:

Option 1: Pay the full amount before the beginning of class. Total cost: 3,800.00

Option 2: $1,900.00 due prior to the beginning of class. There will be a $25.00 processing fee attached. Total cost: 3,825.00

Option 3: $1,000 initial payment. $500 bi-monthly payments last payment would be $300 balance. There will be a $25.00 processing fee attached to each payment after the initial payment. Total cost: $3,950.0


Registration and fee deadline is two weeks prior to the first class. Individuals are not considered registered with DCTS until payment is made and a completed application is submitted to the Adult & Continuing Education Office.

Dates: AUG 2021 - MAY 2022, Weekdays TBD

Please contact us early to let you know you are interested.  Space is limited so sign up early to confirm your seat.

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