Veterinary Assisting


Core Courses

  • Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills
  • Issues Facing Animal Science
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Employment Experience
  • Electives - Choose from agriculture electives to meet your career interests.

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

Program Details

Award: Diploma
Required number of credits: 41
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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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 $18,300 $24,500 $27,600

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment


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
Den Herder Veterinary Hospital Waterloo, IA
Jesup Veterinary Clinic Jesup, IA
PetSmart Waterloo, IA
Taylor Veterinary Hospital Cedar Falls, IA

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Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist De'Carlos Anderson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1228 Butler Hall 122
Program Advisor Ole Cleveland Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1414 Bremer Hall 111C
Program Advisor Dresden Wulf Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1084 Bremer Hall 111D
Administrative Assistant
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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