EVIT School of Health Sciences - Veterinary Assistant


Prepare for a career in the veterinary field while learning the skills that will allow you to work with all creatures, large and small. Integrate your love for animals with medical knowledge such as assisting with radiographs, assisting with venipuncture, assisting with administering medications and vaccines, performing animal restraint and assisting with surgery, performing various laboratory procedures and assisting with general exams. 

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 During the first year students focus on anatomy and physiology of animal species, hands-on skills and practical applications. During second year students improve upon their skills through job shadowing and externships at local shelters, small and large animal practices and wildlife facilities. Students will be exposed to a variety of well and sick animals. Student must provide their own transportation to job shadowing and externship sites. Flexible hours may be required depending upon clinical availability.

This program is only offered at the East Campus.

Note: Students will 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 855-998-3848.

Course Code MC44, MC64

Prerequisites  6 high school credits completed
2.0 GPA
Length 4 semesters

Campus Location EVIT Power Campus

Certifications National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) Approved Veterinary Assistant

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.)