Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career with the Veterinary Assistant program at College of DuPage.
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, and veterinary technologists and technicians.
Veterinary Assistant Program Details
Veterinary Assistant Information Session
Students are required to attend this introduction before beginning the Veterinary Assistant Program. Topics covered include course logistics, expectations, as well as an overview of curriculum, mathematics used in the field, ethics and physical expectations. The information session is free and registration is preferred.
Contact us at (630) 942-2412 for more information on the Veterinary Assisting Information Session.
Veterinary Assistant Course
Veterinary assistants are an important part of the veterinary team, working with veterinarians and veterinarian technicians to provide medical care to animals. Students interested in this field can learn knowledge and skills through this course of 150 hours of hybrid learning, including 90 hours of classroom and online instruction. Students engage in the classroom with knowledgeable and experience instructors and learn hands-on skills through lab stations. Students gain real-world experiences through a 60-hour externship and engage with peers and instructors through an online platform. Student prerequisite is a high school diploma or GED, and some basic knowledge of algebra is suggested.
Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 to May 25, 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On campus in Glen Ellyn
18 years of age
High school diploma or GED is required
Additional skills required: Psychomotor skills (hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe practice of dental assistant duties. Ability to pass a drug testing and criminal background check for licensure or employment.
Students requesting accommodations are encouraged to consult the College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations prior to registration.
Externship hours are scheduled to best fit student needs within site availability. Students need to be available to complete the externship. Classes on campus do not meet during this time.
Please note: Externships most often take place during normal business hours and successful completion is required to graduate. Externship dates are given in the beginning of class to ensure ample time to make necessary scheduling arrangements to complete this important requirement.
Tuition and Financial Options
Tuition of $1,999 includes externship.
A payment plan is available. Payment is due at registration.
This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check workNet DuPage for eligibility.
Employment of veterinary assistants is expected to grow 10 percent by 2022. Salaries vary depending on hours, certification, experience and location, but average $12.17 per hour, or $23,000 annually.
Please see Career Coach for detailed career information.
Get on the wait list to receive information on the next offering of this course in the spring of 2017!
To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu or register online.
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785
Veterinary Assistant Email Newsletter Registration:
Attend a Continuing Education Information Session.
Elise CiribassiVeterinary Assistant
“I hope that my teaching helps student decide to join the veterinary profession in a positive way, helps others learn from their experiences and knowledge, and opens their eyes to differences in our animal species. For those who go through the class and don’t enter the profession, I hope that I have instilled a degree of respect for the profession and for animals around us.”Read Spotlight
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425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn IL, 60137
(630) 942-2800 (Main)
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