This program prepares students to assist veterinarians, veterinary technicians, laboratory animal technicians, and/or research scientists in supportive roles. Veterinary aides work under the direction of a licensed veterinarian or research scientist; they do not diagnose, prognose, prescribe, or perform surgery.

The primary job responsibilities of veterinary aides include  patient restraint; collecting and processing samples for laboratory diagnostics; sterilizing surgical equipment; patient preparation for surgery; routine office procedures;feeding/watering animals; cleaning and disinfecting treatment areas, animal housing areas, and surgery areas; and inventory control.

This certificate program prepares students for employment in veterinary clinics, hospitals, research institutions, or laboratories as veterinary aides or to continue their education in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, as the majority of the credits from the certificate program will transfer directly into the Veterinary Technology program.

The certificate program includes a core of courses, 60 hours of observation and clinical experience at an approved clinic or clinics, and is designed to be completed in 2 semesters.

Students are responsible for the animal care of housed animals. Documentation of such responsibility is contained in the Animal Care (VTTK 1001, 1002, 2001, and 2002) non-credit classes as required by the AVMA accreditation.

Students must complete all program requirements, including approved electives, with a “C” or better.

Current wages for Veterinary Aides may be found at: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Gainful Employment Information

Freshman Year – Fall Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 0005 – Pre-Exposure Rabies Vaccination 0
VTTK 1505 – Introduction to Veterinary Science 1
VTTK 1501 – Animal Care I 0
VTTK 1500 – Orientation to Veterinary Technology 3
VTTK 1510 – Clinical Techniques I 3
VTTK 1700 – Medical Terminology 2
TECH 1005 – Applied Technical Writing 3
*Approved Electives 3
Total Credit Hours: 15

Freshman Year – Spring Semester

Class Credit Hours
VTTK 1502 – Animal Care II 0
VTTK 1520 – Clinical Techniques II 4
VTTK 1950 – Applied Principles of Biology for Veterinary Technology 2
VTTK 2700 – Laboratory and Exotic Animals 3
VTTK 2815 – Large Animal Techniques 4
*Approved Electives 2
Outcomes Assessment: Written and Oral Comprehensives 0
Total Credit Hours: 15
*Approved Program Electives: Any course at the
1000 or above level.