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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.
Classroom Laboratory: Learn specific skills in the use of veterinary laboratory equipment
Animal Projects: Practice proper handling of animals, which include dogs, cats, pocket pets, reptiles, birds, and livestock animals.
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.
Employment Experience: Gain 320 hours of real-world work experience ensuring you have the skills you need to succeed in your future career.
Certification: Students will become Fear Free ® certified.
Graduates can be employed as veterinary assistants or animal caretakers in veterinary clinics, humane societies, or pet stores.
The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:
Source: 2020 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development
You can check the status of your application by logging into your Admissions Account.
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