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Veterinary Assistant

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.

The College of Lake County has completed the requirements to be designated as a NAVTA/AVA approved program. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination. After successfully completing the AVA exam, students are entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate.

Veterinary Assistant Information Sessions

Course Prerequisites and Special Notes

A High school diploma or GED is required. Students must be fluent English speakers and able to read, write, and comprehend English at a high school grade level.

This 250-hour course includes a 100-hour clinical externship experience. Please note that the clinical externship will most likely take place during normal business hours and successful completion of the externship is required to complete the course. Externship dates will be given in the first month of class to ensure ample time to inform current employers of your training, if needed, as time off from work may be required depending on your schedule.

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), visual acuity (normal or corrected), and the ability to lift 30 pounds in the clinical setting.

Students must complete a background check at an approved provider in order to participate in the clinical externship portion of the program. Prior felony convictions may prevent participation in the program. The fee for this service is NOT included in the course fee.

Students may be required to meet specific health requirements and drug testing prior to placement in the clinical portion of the course. This is based on the requirements of the externship site and will be determined at placement. Any fees to meet health requirements are NOT included in the course fee.

This program may be eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to qualified participants that are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements. Call (847) 543-2990 for additional information.

Veterans should contact the College of Lake County Veteran Student Services office at (847) 543-2018 to determine if veteran education benefits could be applied to this course.

All classes are not offered every semester.

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