This program provides the knowledge and animal handling skills required to be an integral team player within veterinary practices, research facilities, or other animal-related facilities. Students will learn to recognize behavioral signs and to care for a patient’s basic needs under the direction of the veterinarian or designate. In addition, students will learn veterinary practice management skills including cleaning facilities and equipment, booking appointments, communicating with clients, and other receptionist duties. Students become skilled in the care and handling of small and large animals, as well as office management.
Students are encouraged to gain additional work experience through the summer months at a veterinary practice in their home area. Additional courses may be selected from animal science, equine science or business.