Campus: Larimer Campus

Veterinary Assistant

The Veterinary Assistant certificate program provides training in veterinary health and handling of a variety of domestic and exotic species, with the focus on tasks for assisting the Veterinary Technician and Veterinarians. Veterinary Assistants do not diagnose animal illnesses, prescribe treatment, or perform surgery. Completion of all course work is required before the student is eligible for a 2-credit, 72-hour private-practice internship. This program provides an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine, but is not intended to provide admission to a college of veterinary medicine.

Admission Requirements:

To enter the program, students must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Completion of a high school diploma or GED
  2. Achievement of indicated assessment scores or completion of preparatory course work.
  3. Completion or concurrent enrollment of BIO 105 or BIO 111 with a grade of "C" or better (no more than seven years old)
  4. Completion of or concurrent enrollment in VET 102 Veterinary Medical Terminology (1 credit), with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Prospective students must attend an information meeting the first Thursday of every month at the Larimer Campus from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. See our website for current meeting location.
  6. Completion of a Veterinary Assistant intent to enroll application form available at the Larimer Campus.

Admission to the program is limited to the first 12 students who have submitted the appropriate admission materials. Students must be admitted to the Veterinary Assistant program in order to take the curriculum courses as shown below.


All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better prior to graduation.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
VET 102Veterinary Medical Terminology


VET 103Veterinary Assistant Restraint and Handling


VET 113Veterinary Assistant Surgical Nursing and Care


VET 114Veterinary Assistant Laboratory and Clinical Procedures


VET 120Office Procedures and Relations


VET 183Internship


Total Credit Hours:13

Required General Education Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 105Science of Biology with Lab



BIO 111General College Biology I with Lab


Total Credit Hours:4

Total Credit Hours: 17

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