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Veterinary Assistant


Begin a rewarding career in the pet healthcare field through our valuable program

Through the University of Central Missouri's Veterinary Assistant certificate course, students are prepared to begin a successful career in the rapidly growing pet care industry, valued at around $60 billion annually. The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for veterinary assistants will grow by 19 percent by 2026 with median salaries at $27,000. Students will learn animal safety and nutrition, computer fundamentals, client management, pharmacy and pharmacology, lab and surgical procedures. Through this program, students earn a certificate of completion and continuing education units which may not be applied to a degree program and are not eligible for federal financial aid.

UCM certificate cost icon   $3,799 Calendar icon  

Online, self-paced course

Contact hours icon    188 hours  Prerequesites checklist icon   18 years of age or older, high school diploma or GED, basic use of computers


Our flexible, online program allows students to study on a schedule that fits their livesPuppy

Our comprehensive curriculum was developed by industry professionals with experience in the pet industry. Veterinary assistant duties include feeding, bathing and exercising animals; cleaning and disinfecting cages and clinic areas; restraining animals during exams and lab procedures; maintaining and sterilizing equipment and surgical instruments; monitoring and caring for animals after surgery; and helping with emergency first aid for sick and injured animals. To help you succeed, students have one-on-one access to three instructor support teams - student support, technical support and graduate support. 

What you will learn

  • Computer fundamentals
  • Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Duties of a veterinary assistant
  • Business writing
  • Animal safety and nutrition
  • Client management
  • Patient management
  • Small and large animal care
  • Pharmacy and Pharmacology
  • Laboratory and surgical procedures




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