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Veterinary technicians, assistants and office staff represent an important and diverse group within the animal care industry. Prospective students interested in these career paths play an integral role in many areas of veterinary clinical practice. Under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian, successful graduates may perform a variety of tasks including medical, surgical, laboratory and clerical procedures. Due to the highly interactive nature of these careers, a genuine compassion for animals is essential.

Volunteer State Community College offers 2 possible study paths related to animal care careers:

  • Veterinary Assistant 
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Assistant Certificate 

A certificate in Veterinary Assistant requires 22 hours of college courses encompassing both general education and animal care/veterinary assistant. The program may be completed on either a full or part time basis. This path is designed for students who seek employment as non-licensed, veterinary assistants.

Career Options

  • Veterinary assistant in private practice
  • Research assistant for teaching hospitals
  • Animal care provider for pet stores/groomers
  • Humane Society staff
  • Animal husbandry for corporate farms
Credit Hours Credentials Earned
  • Veterinary Assistant Certificate 

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree in Veterinary Technology

The Veterinary Technology program provides students with both classroom and clinical experiences. Students will spend a portion of their clinical experience in various veterinary settings including referral centers and private clinical practices. Both full-time, four semester and part-time six semester options are available. This curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the national board exam and licensure as a veterinary technician (LVT). The Vet Tech Program has limited seating. Applications are due in the Spring for the following Fall semester. 

Career Options

  • Agricultural Businesses
  • Large Animal, Small Animal, or Specialty/Referral Veterinary Practice
  • Laboratory Animals and Research Facilities
  • Exotics or Zoo Species
  • Local and National Government Regulatory Positions
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
Credit Hours Credentials Earned