Veterinary Assisting


Core Courses

  • Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills
  • Issues Facing Animal Science
  • Domestic Animal Physiology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Companion Animal
  • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Applied Math
  • Veterinary Assisting
  • Employment Experience
  • Electives — Choose from a variety of 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
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 $24,600 $30,500 $33,400

Source: 2021 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.

Contact Us

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Program Advisor Ole Cleveland Email Ole Cleveland 319-296-2329 ext.1414 Bremer Hall 111C
Program Advisor Dresden Wulf Email Dresden Wulf 319-296-2329 ext.1084 Bremer Hall 111D
Administrative Assistant Connie Smith Email Connie Smith 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email Dave Grunklee 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A

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