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    The Veterinary Assistant Certificate program is for students interested in working with and caring for animals. The students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain entry level positions in a veterinary facility. Veterinary clinics, boarding kennels, animal shelters, and humane societies are only a few of the places where someone interested in working with animals will find employment. 

    Please be advised that this is a program designed to train veterinary assistants, not licensed veterinary technicians. Veterinary assistants provide basic animal care, including duties such as kennel maintenance, and feeding, exercising, handling, restraining, and bathing of hospitalized animals. They assist veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians with clinical, medical and surgical procedures, fill prescriptions, perform office procedures, maintain inventory, interact with clients, and maintain the hospital environment.

    Classroom lectures and laboratory trainings are enhanced by guest speakers, animal training aids, and observational trainings in a veterinary clinical setting.  Examples of program areas of training are: exam room assisting, patient care and supportive nursing; client education and customer service skills. Students also learn valuable life and employment skills such as: job search, resume building, teamwork, leadership, and professional behavior. The program includes both theory and practical application of skills and concepts.

    Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary support team that provides extraordinary medical care and excellent customer service. This program is a great first step onto the career path of veterinary medicine. 

    • High school students may earn the following credit equivalencies for the school year: 1.0 Science/Lab Science, .5  Technical Mathematics, .5 Technical English, 1.0 Occupational Education. See your high school counselor for details.
    • High School students may also earn up to 28 college credits through the Tech Prep articulation process. Students must meet all Tech Prep requirements in order to receive college credit.
    • High School students may also earn Veterinary Assistant Certification via the Skagit Valley College by successfully completing all necessary Academy course work and showing proof of completing college articulated Office Tech program.
    • Uniform and certification fees may apply. Contact the program instructor, Ms. Sharon Lane, for details at 360 848.0706 or slane@nwtech.k12.wa.us
    • This is a blended delivery model program, and both high school and Skagit Valley College students may attend. 
    *Own transportation required for clinicals. All off-site and clinical transportation and fees are the responsibility of the student.