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Veterinary Assistant Training Information Session
Grayslake Campus - Room T332
With pet ownership on the rise, the need for skilled Veterinary Assistants is in great demand. Working with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants help to provide medical care as well as facilitate positive customer relationships. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to increase up 35% between the years of 2006 and 2016. Potential employers include veterinarian clinics, animal hospitals, governmental animal control facilities, and pet adoption facilities.
Veterinary Assistant Training Course Description
Take your love of animals and turn it into a career. Learn to assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians as you provide medical care to sick and injured animals. This course includes 120 hours of study, 30 of which are in a clinical externship setting. Learn how to help in the office as well as with examinations, hospital procedures, surgical preparation, laboratory tests, and customer relations. The program is provided by MK Education and is taught by veterinary professionals that bring real life experience to the classroom.
Please note that the clinical externship will most likely take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to graduate. Externship dates will be given in the first month of class to ensure ample time to inform employers of your training, if needed, as time off from work may be required depending on your schedule.
Course Prerequisites and Special Notes
A high school diploma or GED is required. Students must be able to write and speak in English and have no prior criminal convictions.
Students will be required to meet all health requirements including immunizations and drug testing prior to placement in the clinical portion of the course. Additionally, passing a criminal background check for work in the clinical externship is required. The fees for these services are NOT included in the course fee. Details will be provided at the information session.
In addition, because of the inherent requirements of the profession, students must have the following minimum abilities sufficient for safe and successful practice of veterinary duties: psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected).