Occupational Endorsement Certificate in Veterinary Assisting

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 program, 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.

Admission Requirements

Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Occupational Endorsement Certificates.

Graduation Requirements

Program Requirements

VETT A101Introduction to the Veterinary Profession1
VETT A103Veterinary Office Procedures3
VETT A122Basic Handling and Behavior: Small Animals2
VETT A123Basic Handling and Behavior: Large Animals2
VETT A124Introduction to Small Animals3
VETT A125Introduction to Large Animals3
VETT A201Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology4
VETT A295Veterinary Assistant Practicum3
Total Credits21

A total of 21 credits is required for the certificate.

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.