Veterinary Assistant program overview

Veterinary Assistant program overview

Working with animals can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience, especially for those who are pet owners themselves. If you have a love of animals, then becoming a veterinary assistant is an excellent career path for you. Here at American College of Healthcare and Technology we have a course that will give you all the knowledge you need to become a great veterinary assistant.

Veterinary Assistant duties

You will find that you will work primarily with pet owners, thus good communication skills are essential. Many veterinary assistants help clean and organize around the veterinary office, often preparing surgical areas, mopping up after pets and filing important paperwork. A typical day may include feeding and exercising animals. You may find yourself collecting lab specimens and assisting in the analysis of them. You may also have opportunity to assist in surgical procedures, as wells assist with the administration of shots and dental procedures. In addition, the best veterinary assistants have a knack for learning veterinary terminology and dealing with insurance companies.

What our vocational college course provides

Here at American College of Healthcare and Technology we provide a 36-week course that encompasses 970 hours of learning. After successful completion of the course you will have received 48 credits and your certificate. Our challenging but rewarding program provides a basic understanding of animal nursing and animal care as well as computer basics, veterinary anatomy & physiology and terminology, office and hospital procedures and billing, pharmacology and vaccinations. During class, you will have the opportunity to bring in your own pet as part of the learning process to do exams and some treatments on. This course is available at both our Riverside, California and Huntington Park, California locations.

Career potential

Choosing to become certified at American College of Healthcare and Technology can be an excellent way to advance in this career field. Not only will it allow you to get a good-paying veterinary assistant job, but this certification can be used towards a veterinary technician degree.

Although working in a veterinary office without additional training will expose you to many of the important lessons to be learned about veterinary assistance, continuing education allows for even higher-paying jobs and more opportunities.

The current outlook for job growth in the industry is promising. A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study stated that employment of veterinary assistants is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. In addition to fast employment growth, high occupational turnover should result in very good job opportunities. There is no better time than now to earn a certificate at American College of Healthcare and Technology and enter this field.


American College of Healthcare and Technology has two convenient locations.

Our Huntington Park campus proudly serves the following communities: Bell, Bell Gardens, Compton, Southgate, Los Angeles, Vernon, Maywood, Cudahy, Florence, South Central LA, Watts, Lynwood, City of industry, Lawndale, Paramount, Inglewood, Commerce, Downy, Norwalk, Santa Fe Springs, Carson, Long Beach, Bellflower, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Whitter, Gardena, Hawthorne, El Monte, La Puente, Monterrey Park.

Our Riverside campus proudly serves the following communities: Corona, Moreno Valley, Norco, Lake Elsinore, Perris, La Sierra, Arlington, Jurupa Valley, Rialto, Pedly, Mira Loma, Runidoux, Blomington, Colton, San Bernardino, Redland, Wildomar, Temecula, Murrieta, Loma Linda, Fontana, Grand Terrace, Glen Avon.