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Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.Gainful Employment Information
(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.19
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.
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|VTHT 2321||Veterinary Parasitology||3|
|VTHT 1217||Veterinary Office Management||2|
|BIOL 1406||Biology for Science Majors I||4|
|VTHT 1301||Introduction to Veterinary Technology||3|
|VTHT 2201||Canine and Feline Clinical Management||2|
|Minimum Hours Required||20|
A grade of "C" or better is required for all courses.
+Mathematics Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Mathematics.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.