If you love working with animals, a veterinary assistant job might be perfect for you. During this 8-week program, HS 103, you will gain the knowledge and confidence to begin working as a veterinary assistant. Through classroom content and hands-on labs, you will learn about animal anatomy and behavior, veterinary ethics, medical and dental procedures, front office procedures, and much more.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for veterinary assistants is expected to grow 19% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations. By the year 2024, projected regional jobs are to be approximately 1,310.*
*Projected jobs are for regions roughly equating to HCC district 540.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course; however, completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.
- The Veterinary Assistant program, HS 103, introduces students to the exciting and growing field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office. Note: This program does not include a national or state certification or a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives. Students must receive a grade of "C" or better to receive the HCC Certificate of Completion.
- Interested in this program? Click here to apply now.
We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.
Day Time Room
Beginning May 1, 2020, and until further notice, informational meetings will be held virtually utilizing ZOOM. Please continue to check this site for dates and additional information.
Monday, Apr. 12, 2021
Work Ready Programs
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Work Ready meeting.
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Nursing meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Radiography meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Medical Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Medical Assistant meeting.
To Be Determined
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this EMT/Paramedic meeting.
Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:
EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at email@example.com
Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at email@example.com
Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.
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