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Veterinary Assistant

A Continuing Education Program

Macomb’s Veterinary Assistant program prepares you to become a valued member of a veterinary health care team, qualified to assist in the care of animals at a veterinary hospital or clinic. After completion of four modules and a 100-hour internship, you will receive a Workforce and Continuing Education certificate of completion and be eligible to take the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam, administered onsite. Participation in a program orientation prior to the start of the program is required.   

The Program will be offered beginning in the Fall Semester 2019

Top 3 Reasons to Choose Macomb for Veterinary Assistant

  1. Prepares you for the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam
  2. Program can be completed in nine months
  3. Learn in a highly-accredited veterinary teaching facility

Veterinary Assistant Courses at Macomb

Veterinary Assistant I: Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Medical Terminology, Behavior and Restraint, Office Procedures, Breed Identification and Exam Room Procedures

Veterinary Assistant II: Pharmacology, Clinical Pathology, Animal Nursing, Medical Records and Client Management

Veterinary Assistant III: Nutrition, Disease Treatment and Prevention, and Surgical Assisting Procedures and Breeding and Genetics.

Veterinary Assistant IV:  Radiography and Ultrasound Diagnostics, Inventory Management, Pet Insurance and the NAVTA Exam  

Veterinary Assistant Internship

Career Opportunities in Veterinary Assistant

With a Certificate of Completion from Macomb’s Veterinary Assistant program and passage of the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam, you will be qualified for positions that include veterinary assistant and animal caregiver.

Transfer Pathways

The credits earned in Macomb’s Veterinary Technician Program will transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about the Veterinary Technician Program?

For more information on the Veterinary Assistant Program at Macomb, contact the program advisor and coordinator: Lori Renda-Francis at 586.286.2096 or

What is a Continuing Education Program?

Our Workforce and Continuing Education (WCE) programs are designed to help you develop in your career, learn a new skill or explore a personal interest. These programs are open enrollment, which means you do not have to fill out on application. These programs are not eligible for financial aid or for academic credit toward an associate degree or related certificate.

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