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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary assistants is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, adding thousands of jobs over the next several years. To meet the demand, Harper College is offering a certificate course designed to kick-start the careers of animal lovers looking to join the growing field.

The one-semester course, taught by working veterinary professionals, is offered in the fall, spring and summer semesters and requires students to complete classroom work as well as work in clinical sites such as local animal hospital, clinics and shelters.

"Many of our students use the class as a stepping stone to an entry-level job in the veterinary practice or before going off to veterinary technician school," says instructor and certified veterinary technician, Deanne Pawlisch. "We offer real-world education that emphasizes hands-on work with animals in animal care environments."

Mandatory information sessions will be offered throughout the spring. For more information about the certificate program, please visit

Media Note: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, the spring class will be practicing their skills on animals at Harper's Northeast Center, 1375 Wolf Road in Prospect Heights. Photographers are encouraged to attend for photos of the students interacting with various different animals.

Press Contact: Melanie Krakauer, Communications Assistant, 847.925.6000 ext2561,