Veterinary Assisting

Program Pathway

Veterinary Assisting Diploma

Program Details

Award Diploma
Credits 41
Program Start Fall, Spring
Number of Terms 3
Time to Complete 1 year
Admissions Application Select Academic Program:
Veterinary Assisting – Diploma
See Program Admission

Suggested Sequence of Study and Cost

The Veterinary Assisting program is a three-semester diploma option of the Animal Science program.

Program Courses

Term 1
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Issues Facing Animal Science
  • Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills
Term 2
  • Applied Math
  • Companion Animal -OR-
    Equine Science -OR-
    Swine Science -OR-
    Beef Cattle Science
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
Term 3 — Summer
  • Employment Experience
  • Veterinary Assisting
Agriculture Electives
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Selling
  • Agriculture Leadership
  • Beef Cattle Science
  • Cash Grains
  • Entrepreneurship in Agriculture
  • Equine Science
  • Farm Business Management
  • Food Safety and Analysis
  • Foods of Animal Origin
  • Fundamentals of GIS
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Introduction to Agriculture Markets
  • Livestock Evaluation
  • Precision Farming Systems
  • Survey of the Animal Industry
  • Swine Science

See the Suggested Sequence of Study for the full list of courses, cost, and additional course details.

You have completed the Veterinary Assisting diploma program. Veterinary Assisting diploma program graduates can earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree with two additional terms of study in the Animal Science program.



Graduates can be employed as veterinary assistants or animal caretakers in veterinary clinics, humane societies, or pet stores.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers $27,300 $32,500 $35,100

Source: 2022 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Brookside Veterinary Hospital Cedar Falls, IA
Cedar Bend Humane Society Waterloo, IA
Cedar Valley Veterinary Center Cedar Falls, IA
Den Herder Veterinary Hospital Waterloo, IA
Independence Family Animal Care Independence, IA
PetSmart Waterloo, IA
Pet Supplies Plus Cedar Falls, IA

Students cleaning the cat's ears and giving a vaccination.

Students practicing the jones wrap dressing.

Program Contacts

Email Admissions 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names A – L
Alex Kissel Email Alex Kissel 319-296-4014 ext.1065 Bremer Hall 136B
Academic/College Success Advisor
Last Names M – Z
John Peterson Email John Peterson 319-296-4014 ext.1448 Bremer Hall 136
Faculty Advisor
Last Names A – M
Ole Cleveland Email Ole Cleveland 319-296-2329 ext.1414 Bremer Hall 111C
Faculty Advisor
Last Names N – Z
Dresden Wulf Email Dresden Wulf 319-296-2329 ext.1084 Bremer Hall 111D
Administrative Assistant
Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Butler Hall 131
David Grunklee Email David Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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