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Veterinary Assistant VET.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 19 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Veterinary Technology
Effective as of Fall 2023

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What is the program about?

This certificate program will prepare the student to work within the veterinary hospital, assisting the veterinary technician (nurse) and veterinarian (doctor) with animal care by learning and practicing professionalism, client service, animal behavior and restraint, medical assisting, laboratory protocols and collection and preparation of samples, surgical suite care and preparation of animals, and anesthetic monitoring for the stable patient. Students will be offered the opportunity to become Fear Free (R) certified during this program. This certificate will focus on the care of small animals (dogs and cats), but students interested in large animal or exotic animal care may be able to be placed in a suitable clinic in which to gain that experience. Note: All courses in this certificate must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of and be able to perform all essential skills outlined by the NAVTA Veterinary Assistant certificate when working with a variety of animals, laboratory samples, client care, and clinical tasks.
  • The student will demonstrate the ability to write coherently and effectively with minimal grammatical and spelling errors such that they can communicate in English with clients and contribute to medical records.
  • The student will demonstrate an understanding of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to communicate clinical and animal needs effectively with clients and colleagues.

Career Opportunities

A Veterinary Assistant is a vital member of the medical/patient-care team in a veterinary hospital. Veterinary Assistants do not need to be certified in the state of Ohio in order to work in a veterinary practice, but this program is designed to create a professional, well-trained, experienced employee who will be able to fit into a variety of practices. The veterinary profession lacks sufficient paraprofessionals in this region, the state of Ohio, and the nation - additional trained staff can help to alleviate the stress on current workers. Veterinary assistants are also valuable in other animal-related fields, such as kennel-worker, groom, animal trainer, and animal care-giver (petsitter).


The Veterinary Assistant program is pursuing accreditation with NAVTA. This step in the process is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted. Once accreditation is achieved completers of the program will be eligible to sit for the credentialing exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, the participant would be entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate. Completers of the program are eligible for employment prior to obtaining their credential.


Course Title Credits
COM 2211 (Effective Public Speaking) OR COM 2206 (Interpersonal Communication) 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
VET 1102 Introduction to Veterinary Technology I 2
VET 1202 Introduction to Veterinary Technology II 2
VET 1205 Clinical Practice I: Hospital Practices & Professionalism 1
VET 2107 (Technical Practicum I) OR VET 2108 (Veterinary Assistant Technical Practicum) 2
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Program Accreditation Information

The department is seeking accreditation through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.