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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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 $18,700 $26,500 $30,300

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Gainful Employment Disclosure


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
Pipestone Veterinary Services Independence, IA
PetSmart Waterloo, IA

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Cody Chesmore Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1223 Bremer Hall 124
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 Connie Smith Email me 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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