Vet Asst.

Interested in becoming a Veterinary Assistant?  Here are the steps to get you started... 

Step 1:  Register for a Health Occupations Center Orientation

.  Click  HERE to register and view details for our Orientations.  
  • Orientation attendance is MANDATORY
  • Orientation attendance will not be recorded for anyone entering orientation 15 minutes late or more.

Step 2:  Take a Health Occupations Center Entry Screening Test.   

  • Testing information/dates/times will be released at the orientation.
  • You will be able to register for the HOC Entry Screening Test 48 hours after your attend orientation.
  • Interested in preparing for the HOC Entry Screening Test?  
    • Click HERE for a review guide to prepare for the HOC Entry Screening Test (CASAS Reading Goals Test)
    • Look under HOC Courses and English Review Classes.  Register for any open English Review Classes.
  • Have you already taken the CASAS Reading Goals test and received a minimum score of 228?  Click HERE to use your CASAS Reading Goals score 

Course Description:

Veterinary Assistants work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to care for sick and injured animals to provide well-pet care.  On a typical day, Veterinary Assistants give medicines, feed, bathe, and clean up after animals, and assist with examinations and tests.  Other duties might include taking vital signs, assisting with surgery, doing office work and acting as a receptionist.  Vet Assistants are employed in veterinary clinics, animal shelters, biomedical research and other animal care facilities.  This program consists of 100 hours of classroom instruction and 120 hours of internship where students gain on-the-job experience in a veterinary office.



A passing score on the HOC English Assessment test, must be able to lift 40-50 pounds, verification of tetanus immunization within the last 10 years, and no felony drug convictions.  No high school diploma or equivalent required for this class.


Registration Costs: 



Additional Fees:  (Other prerequisite costs may vary)



Approximate Cost

Due Date

Book # 1


First day of class

Book # 2


First day of class




State date

End date

Days of the week

Class times

August 6, 2019

December 19, 2019

Tuesdays, Thursdays, AND

4:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The following Saturdays:

September 7, 2019; October 5, 2019; and November 2

9:00 am – 2:30 pm


T. Leebolt


Refund policy for this class:

Refunds for this class are permitted only until the 2nd class meeting.  A $25.00 administrative processing fee will be charged for withdrawal/refund of this class.