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Degree Plans - Veterinary Technology - Small Animal Assisting Certificate (Archived)


(Level I Certificate)

Cedar Valley only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: C1.VETT.SMALL.07

Small Animal Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary health team in the companion animal practice. Individuals in this position assist both the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in performing veterinary procedures in clinical settings as well as in research areas and other veterinary related fields. Students in this program can continue their studies in the Veterinary Technology program to attain the Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology.

The curriculum is designed to provide the graduate with the information, experience, and skills needed to perform veterinary assistant duties in a companion animal practice. Admission to the Veterinary Technology program and the Veterinary Assisting certificate program is limited. Applicants should be assessed and advised prior to enrolling in the program. Students are encouraged to have a good background in English, mathematics, and the biological sciences.



+Elective General Elective 3
TECM 1303 Technical Calculations OR 3
++Elective MATH Elective (3-5)
VTHT 1105 Veterinary Medical Terminology 1
VTHT 1401 Introduction to Veterinary Technology 4


BIOL 1406 Biology for Science Majors I 4
VTHT 2201 Canine and Feline Clinical Management 2
VTHT 2321 Veterinary Parasitology 3
Minimum Hours Required 20-22

+General Elective - must be selected from the following:

ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
SPCH 1318 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPCH 1321 Business and Professional Communication 3

++MATH Elective - must be selected from the DCCCD Core Curriculum for Mathematics.

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