The Vet Assistant program will not be offered in the 2022-2023 academic year. SIC will be offering the program in the 2023-2024 academic year. For those students that want information on ways to continue the Vet Assistant program in the 22-23 academic year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prepare for a job as a Veterinary Assistant in just one semester!
If you love animals and think that spending all day around animals would be the best job ever, the Veterinary Assistant program at SIC may be right for you! Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate and be qualified to work for a veterinarian, animal clinic, animal hospital, groomer, kennel, pet shop or animal shelter. There are limited spots for this program, so register early!
In this program, you will learn about:
- Small animal nursing
- Vet practice management
- Doggy daycare/boarding
- Animal grooming
- How to work with customers/owners
- Secure a veterinary assistant internship
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are responsible for many daily tasks, such as feeding, weighing, and taking the temperature of animals. Other duties may include giving medication, cleaning cages, and providing nursing care before and after surgery and other medical procedures.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, and employment of animal care and service workers is projected to grow 33% — much faster than the average for all occupations.
This certificate program can also be a stepping stone to a degree in veterinary technology with a 15% increase in jobs expected from 2020 to 2030.
Vet Assistant Program Overview – Downloadable PDF
Check out our #CTExplore Video to see our Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Amy Murphy, tell you the Veterinary Assistance program!
Program Learning Outcomes
Goal 1: Demonstrate knowledge of the tools used in grooming.
Goal 2: Demonstrate ability to effectively communicate in a clinical setting as part of a team.
Goal 3: Demonstrate competence in written communication.
Goal 4: Demonstrate the necessary skills to handle, restrain, and apply nursing techniques to small animals.