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The Veterinary Assisting program, an option of the Animal Science program, provides you the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge required for an entry-level career as a veterinary assistant.
You will learn to assist veterinarians in the care of cats, dogs, cattle, pigs, and sheep, and gain hands-on skills and knowledge in:
Hawkeye’s 225-acre Farm Lab: Learn kennel management with cats and dogs, as well as clinic operations.
Lambing Project: Practice proper handling and restraint of sheep and lambs during the birth process and the initial care of lambs. Also, learn record keeping and feeding skills.
Dog Simulators: Learn how to perform CPR and proper restraint of animals.
Field Trips: Visit local veterinary offices to learn how your skills and knowledge can be applied in a variety of work environments.
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.
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Graduates can be employed as veterinary assistants or animal caretakers in veterinary clinics, humane societies, or pet stores.
Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
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The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:
You can check the status of your application by logging into your Admissions Account.
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