Veterinary Assistant

10 Months - Diploma

Program Overview

The Veterinary Assistant program provides the student with the knowledge of proper restraint and control of animals, collecting and recording medical histories, performing vital signs, receiving hospital patients, and assisting the veterinarian with the treatment of patients. The student will also learn to prepare animals and instruments for surgery, perform inventories, assist with filling prescriptions, perform laboratory tests, and obtain lab specimens. The student will also learn to position animal to obtain x-rays, administer medications, and apply bandages. The program concludes with an externship to a local veterinary facility to provide hands-on working experience. The program is designed for the student with little or no prior experience in the field.

Course Overview

  • Career Success Strategies
  • Introduction to the Veterinary Practice
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology I
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures I
  • Animal ID., Health, and Production
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures II
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures II Lab
  • Veterinary Office Practices
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures III
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures III Lab
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures IV
  • Veterinary Clinical Procedures IV Lab
  • Career and Professional Development
  • Veterinary Assistant Externship

Veterinary Assistant Job Placement Sites

Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Veterinary Assistant Program

  • Millcreek Animal Hospital, Erie, PA
  • Humane Society of Northwest Pennsylvania, Erie PA
  • Pleasant Animal Hospital, Ashtabula OH
  • Animal Ark Pet Hospital, Erie PA
  • Greenville Veterinary Clinic, Greenville PA
  • Fairview Veterinary Hospital, Fairview PA
  • Titusville Veterinary Clinic, Titusville PA
  • A.N.N.A. Shelter, Erie PA
  • Corry Veterinary Clinic, Corry PA
  • Twinbrook Veterinary Hospital, Erie PA
  • Albion Animal Center, Albion PA
  • God’s Creatures Animal Hospital, Landrum SC

Advantages of Great Lakes

Job Placement Assistance

All graduates get personalized job placement assistance from one of our dedicated Employment Specialists. They'll help you find employment (locally or anywhere in the U.S.) after you graduate and even help you years later should you need it.

Financial Aid

Paying for higher education can be confusing and intimidating. Our Financial Aid counselors will help make the process straight forward and help you apply for aid and scholarships

Hands-On Education

A big part of your education here will consist of hands-on training. You'll learn to use equipment used by professionals as well as work in labs that are similar to what you'll find in the field.

Experienced and Proven

Great Lakes has been educating residents of Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for over 50 years. We've trained thousands of students and have helped them begin exciting, lifelong careers in their field of study.


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