Veterinary Assistant

EVIT School of Health Sciences

Prepare for a career in the veterinary field where you can experience the reward of saving and caring for animals. In the EVIT Veterinary Assistant program you will have the opportunity to integrate your love for animals with the knowledge and hands on experiences needed to secure an entry level position within a veterinary facility.

Concepts taught include animal behavior and restraint, front office procedures, communication and client relations, pharmacy and pharmacology, examination room procedures, small and large animal nursing care, surgical preparation and assisting, laboratory procedures and radiographic imaging.

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The Veterinary Assistant program is designed to be completed in two years. During the first two semesters students focus on animal anatomy and physiology, hands on skills and practical applications. During the third semester students improve their skills and progress to advanced assisting concepts. The fourth semester is centered around student externships. Veterinary assistant students are placed at local animal shelters, veterinary facilities and equine centers where they are able to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in an authentic, real-world setting. 

This program is only offered at the EVIT East Campus. Students may be randomly drug tested.

EVIT + Pima Medical Institute

Once an EVIT student completes the Veterinary Assistant program, the student will have 30 earned credits available to apply towards enrollment in the PMI Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program.  See a PMI Health Science Education Coordinator on campus for further information. 

Get started today! Enroll in the EVIT Veterinary Assistant program.

For announcements and updates about the EVIT Veterinary Assistant program, text EVIT to 89800.

Course Code MC10 Vet (Introductory Course)

Length 4 semesters

Campus Location • EVIT Main Campus

Certifications • National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA)

Possible Careers Entry level: Office Work, Kennel Assistant/Animal Care Tech, Pet Sitting/Boarding, Pet Store/Sales, Grooming, Veterinary Assistant (NAVTA approved), Military.

Technical Careers: Animal Control Officer, CVT/LVT/RVT, Livestock Officer, Ferrier, Field Technicians (Wildlife), Lab Technician, Pharmaceutical Sales, Technician VTS, CVPM, Rehab Specialty, EAMT (ASPCA), Herd Health Manager, Zoo Guest Services/Animal Assistants

Professional Careers: Pharmaceutical Sales, Animal Law, Veterinarian, Veterinary Specialty, Management, Research, Program Devel/Director, Animal Behaviorist PhD, Zoo Keeper, Pathologist, Epidemiologist

Emerging Careers: Veterinary Technician Specialist, Biotechnology, Marine/Wildlife Biology, Veterinary Ultrasound Technician, CDC/Public Health, Engineering (medical equipment, meds, etc.)

Average Entry Level Salary $12-$13 per hour


It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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