Veterinary Assistant

Our Veterinary Assisting Program is designed to train students on how to provide both “back office” and “front office” assistance to veterinarians and veterinary technologists. The veterinary assisting program is taught with a combination of lecture, practical exercises in the clinical laboratory and with real world experience during externship. In the classroom, students will learn about anatomy and physiology, health & safety, collection and preparation of laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies and sterilize medical instruments. Students are also trained on how to prepare and administer medications as directed by a veterinarian. Externship sites are typically veterinary offices, clinics, hospitals and emergency animal clinics. Upon approval, students are prepared to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination from National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Program Structure

  • Class: 260 Hours
  • Externship 200 Hours

Skills And Practices Learned

The program covers extensive instruction including but not limited to:
  • Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Office Procedures
  • Veterinary Radiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology


Following the classroom and laboratory training, students will partake in a provided externship in order to develop their skills and get a real world experience. Externships for the Veterinary Assistant program will take place in veterinary offices, clinics, hospitals and emergency animal clinics. Providence Training Institute provides the externship sites but students must be flexible as regards externship schedule. This could vary according to the established schedule and needs of your assigned location.

Program Tuition: $2250

Tuition Includes:
  • TTextbook & Workbook
  • One Scrub Top


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Drug Test (Random and Externship site request)
  • State issued Identification

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