The Veterinary Assistant program provides individuals the opportunity to gain knowledge, basic skills and abilities necessary to assist in a veterinary office or pet care environment as a Veterinary Assistant. This program is designed for students who would like to assist the Veterinarian in maximizing the health care of animals. The student will learn basic nursing care for a variety of animals. Students will learn to assist in the operation of a veterinary practice. They will learn the basics of first aid, anatomy, routine preventive health care, emergency care, surgical preparation, basic nursing techniques, and animal environment maintenance. They will learn animal behavior, training, nutritional requirements and the life cycles of neonate, adult and senior animals. Depending on the state that the graduate is employed, the veterinary assistant may have more responsibilities. Upon satisfactory completion of the Veterinary Assistant course the student will be eligible for certification through the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association.
- Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology
- Veterinary Terminology
- Veterinary Patient Management & Nutrition
- Veterinary Clinical Sciences
- Veterinary Medical Nursing
- Veterinary Pharmacology & Anesthesia
- Veterinary Surgical Nursing
- Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
- End of Life
- Vet Office Computer Applications
- Certification Preparation
The Veterinary Assistant program is certified by the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association. Students are not certified/registered upon graduation from the program. Students must successfully complete their examination to become certified/registered. Contact the Veterinary Assistant Program Coordinator at 417-659-5430 for more information.
Important Note: Franklin Technology Center programs are based on clock hours and may not be transferable to other educational facilities. Franklin Technology Center requires students to maintain a 90% attendance and an overall 75% course average during the program.
Franklin Technology Center’s program is not a veterinary technician program. To become Veterinary Technician students must complete an accredited associate degree in a veterinary technician program.