Veterinary Assistant

If you have a gentle touch and enjoy spending time with pets and other animals, you should consider a career as a veterinary assistant. Veterinary assistants work in animal clinics, hospitals, zoos, shelters, and in the field to take care of animals, under the supervision of a veterinarian or other specialists. Assistants are often the first point of contact in a veterinary office and they can make the experience less stressful for injured or sick animals and their caretakers. The Veterinary Assistant program prepares students to assist veterinarians with surgical and nursing care, laboratory procedures, administering medications and more. The program includes classroom theory, lab work, hands-on experience with animals, and internships in local veterinary clinics. Students will also apply basic math and practice technical reading and communications skills.

Enrollment Point: Fall

Certificate of Completion: 
4 Quarters
25 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.


5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Laura Roede, LVT

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Must take Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.
  • Health insurance, both injury and sickness, is required for participation in the program.
  • Students must complete and pass a nationwide criminal background check (Crimes against persons list) within three months prior to admission into the program at (use package code rx26bg)

Admission Recommendations

  • High School diploma or GED
  • Counselor and instructor interview.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
VET 100 Veterinary Assisting I 5
VET 104 Veterinary Assisting II 5
VET 105 Veterinary Assisting III 5
VET 181 Human Relations/Workplace Skills 2
VET 193 Veterinary Assisting Practicum 1
VET 195 Veterinary Assisting Internship I 1
VET 196 Veterinary Assisting Internship II 2
AMATH 167G Veterinary Math 4
  Total 25

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Veterinary Assistant;

  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills to be able to function within the scope of practice of a Veterinary Assistant;
  • Maintain safety when working with humans and animals;
  • Perform as an integral member of an effective veterinary health care team while adhering to professional and ethical standards;
  • Show proficiency in the Essential Skills dictated by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America;
  • Effectively communicate with veterinary healthcare team members and clients.


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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