This program is delivered only through Matanuska-Susitna College.
A veterinary assistant plays a vital role within the veterinary profession. In the Veterinary Assisting Occupational Endorsement Certificate, students learn how to assist and support the veterinarian and the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. Students will learn the fundamentals required for the care, treatment and management of both the animals as patients and people as clients. Students learn the fundamentals of good customer service, communication skills and the essentials of clerical responsibilities. They further learn the fundamental skills of proper handling, nutrition and nursing care for both large and small animals. Students are introduced to clinical patient management and laboratory procedures.
- Complete the General University Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificates.
- Complete the following program requirements with a minimum grade of C:
|Introduction to the Veterinary Profession
|Veterinary Office Procedures
|Basic Handling and Behavior: Small Animals
|Basic Handling and Behavior: Large Animals
|Introduction to Small Animals
|Introduction to Large Animals
|Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
|Veterinary Assistant Practicum
A minimum of 21 credits is required for the degree.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the occupational endorsement certificate, students will demonstrate:
- Knowledge of veterinary practice administration.
- Basic ability to handle and restrain large and small animals.
- Understanding of basic medical terminology.
- Introductory understanding of animal anatomy and physiology.
- Entry-level skills for laboratory procedures.
- Effective customer service and communication skills.