Veterinary Assistant Program

Ross Medical Education Center - Veterinary Assistant

Looking for Veterinary Assistant career training from an institutionally accredited school?

Ross has Veterinary Assistant Training Programs in Huntsville, Alabama and at selected locations in Michigan. Few jobs out there are as gratifying and personally fulfilling as those where you get to improve the lives and health of animals. As a Veterinary Assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to do just that. You also may be able to enjoy the benefits of an exciting career field with employment expected to grow by 10% from 2012 to 2022.*

Veterinary Assistant Program Overview

The Veterinary Assistant program at Ross Medical Education Center can be completed in just 36 weeks. Students will be instructed to function as an assistant to a Veterinarian and/or Veterinary Technician with an understanding of veterinary ethics and law, animal anatomy and physiology, terminology, animal care activities, and technology and equipment used. Experienced instructors will give direction on software used, medical records and documentation, and administrative/clerical procedures and duties. A graduate of this program should be prepared to work in an entry-level position in an animal clinic or hospital.

Veterinary Assistant students are given practical hands-on instruction in areas such as:

  • Veterinary/animal anatomy and physiology
  • Domestic animal care
  • Animal restraint and handling
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Examination preparation
  • Medical terminology, and treatment methods
  • Medical disorders and conditions treated
  • Treatment protocols
  • Correct usage of technology and equipment for treatment
  • Safety measures and precautions
  • Computer software systems
  • Medical records and documentation

In addition to the core Veterinary Assistant training, Ross Medical Education Center goes a step above and provides instruction in networking techniques, tools to write a professional resume, and interview strategies.

Veterinary Assistant Externships

Ross Medical Education Center requires diploma/certificate program students to complete a practical externship in order to graduate. The externship is crucial to the learning experience for every Ross student, giving them a chance to apply what they have been given instruction on in the classroom to a real world setting.

The externship also provides employers an opportunity to assess students’ skills prior to hiring entry-level allied health professionals.

In addition, unlike some other schools, Ross does not schedule or require any waiting period for externships as part of the curriculum! This is another example of our commitment to students’ success.

Licensure & Accreditation

All Ross Medical Education Center campuses and Ross College in Sylvania, OH are
institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Ross Campuses that offer the Veterinary Assistant Program

Career Opportunities for Veterinary Assistants

Becoming a Veterinary Assistant may be an excellent investment in your future. As the pet care industry continues to grow, the demand for support personnel also increases. This will require more Veterinary Assistants who have been instructed on both administrative and clinical duties.

Veterinary Assistants may find career opportunities in the following:

  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Veterinary labs
  • Veterinary offices

Veterinary Assistant Job Responsibilities

Veterinary Assistants are instructed on both administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of facilities. The specific tasks required can vary significantly from one facility to the next depending on the size, speciality, and location of the practice.

Administrative Tasks as a Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants’ administrative duties begin with tasks typical of any office and build on a veterinary foundation to provide the edge in a competitive job market. These tasks may include answering telephones, greeting owners, updating and filing medical records, scheduling appointments, coordinating hospital admission and laboratory services, billing and bookkeeping, and patient admission and discharge.

Clinical Tasks as a Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants’ clinical duties may include animal restraint and handling, domestic animal care, examination room procedures, surgical preparation and assisting, maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment, providing first aid to sick and injured animals, and assisting in the collection of lab samples.

Ross does not guarantee employment.

*Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,