This program prepares students to assist veterinarians, veterinary technicians, laboratory animal technicians, and/or research scientists in supportive roles. Veterinary aides work under the direction of a licensed veterinarian or research scientist; they do not diagnose, prognose, prescribe, or perform surgery. The primary job responsibilities of veterinary aides include feeding/watering animals; cleaning and disinfecting treatment areas, animal housing areas, and surgery areas; patient restraint; collecting and processing samples for laboratory diagnostics; sterilizing surgical equipment; patient preparation for surgery; routine office procedures; and inventory control. This certificate program prepares students for employment in veterinary clinics, hospitals, research institutions, or laboratories as veterinary aides or to continue their education in pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology, as most credits from the certificate program will transfer directly into the Veterinary Technology program. The certificate program includes a core of courses, 60 hours of observation and clinical experience at an approved clinic or clinics, and is designed to be completed in two semesters.
Students are responsible for the animal care of housed animals. Documentation of such responsibility is contained in the Animal Care (VTTK 1501 , VTTK 1502 , VTTK 2501 , and VTTK 2502 ) non-credit classes as required by the AVMA accreditation.
Students must complete all program requirements, including approved electives, with a grade of "C" or better.