Veterinary assistant examines dog

Veterinary Assistant

Turn your passion of caring for animals into a rewarding career with the Veterinary Assistant program at College of DuPage. Our program is designed to prepare you for a career with animals in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics while performing surgical preparation to small animal nursing under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, and veterinary technologists and technicians.

Upcoming Classes

Classes are offered during the Fall and Spring semester, at this time , however, this in-person program is not being offered. Click here and learn more about our fully online Veterinary Assistant program.

Please contact and receive information on the next Veterinary Assistant program!

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. Future dates to be announced. 


Experience is an important component when becoming a veterinary assistant. Fortunately, you can receive relevant veterinary assistant training experience during the externship part of our program. We have relationships with veterinary facilities across DuPage and neighboring counties, providing you with the opportunity to receive on-the-job training experience.

A successful completion of the externship is a requirement in completing the program.


*The median annual wage for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $27,540 in May 2018. Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 19 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. High turnover should result in good job opportunities. Upon completion of the program you may find work in private veterinary clinics, animal hospitals, animal shelters or even zoos.


  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or equivalency is required
  • English proficiency

Students requesting accommodations are encouraged to consult the College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations prior to registration.

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. Explore financial options for Continuing Education programs.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers,
on the Internet at (visited February 29, 2020).


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Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

All COD facilities are closed to the public until further notice. If you are attempting to register for a class, Please leave a message and Continuing Education staff will return your call as soon as possible. You can also reach us by email at at any time.

Please note: all programming for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 will be online (some exceptions apply).