Veterinary and Animal Care

Veterinary Assistant

Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career.  


Attend our Veterinary Assistant Info Session:

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Call 847.925.6300 for more information.

Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary medical team. Working with veterinarians and veterinarian technicians, they help provide medical care to sick and injured animals. This Digital Badge program can help you enter the field or advance your career if you already work as a veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker in a private practice, animal shelter or control facility.  Topics covered include communicating effectively with clients and co-workers in the clinic setting, ethics in veterinary medicine, basic animal handling, critical thinking when dealing with animals, veterinary clerical responsibilities, diagnostics, pharmacy, patient treatment, and an overview of surgery, anesthesia and emergency care. 

NAVTA logoHarper College is proud to be one of a handful of schools approved by The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). As a graduate from the Harper program, you will be eligible to take the national Approved Veterinary Assistant test to gain the AVA designation and be recognized for your educational accomplishment.

Planning to continue your education to become a Vet Tech? Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Medical Technology Programs accepts Harper College’s Veterinary Assistant program in place of the 100 hours of veterinary experience needed as part of their admissions.

Veterinary Assistant Courses

INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY ASSISTANT (LCE 0006): Explore the exciting role of veterinary assistants in this 12-hour course. You will learn to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers in the clinic setting and study the significance of ethics in veterinary medicine. You will also cover professional competency, basic animal handling and critical thinking when dealing with animals. This course is a prerequisite for the Veterinary Assistant course.

VETERINARY ASSISTANT (LCE 8006): Gain a competitive edge as a formally trained veterinary assistant in this NAVTA approved program. Prepare for entry level employment in a variety of veterinary settings as you learn about anatomy and physiology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, nursing care, surgery, and emergency treatment. In addition to 90 hours in the classroom, you will gain hands on experience completing 60 hours at an assigned partner clinic. Prerequisites: You must be 18 with a high school diploma or GED and successfully complete Introduction to Veterinary Assistant (LCE0006) course.

Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.  

Digital Badges

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