Veterinary Assistant

High School Juniors and Seniors Only

Veterinary assistants feed and bathe animals, along with cleaning and sanitizing kennels, equipment, labs and surgical areas. They are responsible for assisting the veterinary team with preventive care, animal nursing care and post surgical care, and they assist with diagnostic procedures in the lab or radiological areas. Depending on the facility, the assistant may perform clerical duties such as answering the phone, stocking and ordering supplies, and scheduling.

Program Details

Who can attend?

This career program is open to high school juniors and seniors.

  • High school students can attend half day, A.M. or P.M., to be decided during career advisement session.


Course Name
First Aid
Health Careers Core Curriculum
Anatomy & Physiology 
Medical Terminology
Veterinary Office Management Procedures
Diagnostic Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant
Large and Small Animal Medicine and Care
Principles of Pharmacology for the Veterinary Assistant
Routine Duties in a Veterinary Clinic
Surgical Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant
Internship for Veterinary Assistant
Total Class Hours: 525
 Course may be available for academic and/or Oklahoma’s Promise credit.



Required Clinicals

Class Times

  • Start Date: August
  • Days: Monday - Friday
  • A.M. Hours: 
    • NPS 9:15 - 12:05;
    • MPS 9:35 - 12:25
  • P.M. Hours: 
    • NPS: 1:15 - 4:10
    • MPS: 1:15 - 4:10
  • Evening Hours: N/A
  • High school students can attend half day, A.M. or P.M., to be decided during career advisement session.


Credentials Available

  • ODCTE: Veterinary Assistant
  • ASHI Medic Update First Aid Provider


Inside Veterinary Assistant

Is this program right for me?


  • Extent Flexibility
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Service Orientation
  • Finger Dexterity
  • Trunk Strength
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Speaking

Completion & Positive Placement Rate

  • On-Time Adult Completion Rate: N/A - High School Only.
  • Positive Placement Rate: 87.5%

Positive Placement Rate includes Military, Continuing Education and all Employment, related or not related. The rate information provided below is based on the most current data available.

Potential Occupations

  • Veterinary Assistant (Vet Assistant)
  • Kennel Technician
  • Kennel Assistant
  • Groomer




Potential Wages

  • US - $9.19 - $18.41 Hourly; $19,110 - $38,300 Annually

  • OK - $8.16 - $15.55 Hourly; $16,970 - $32,340 Annually

SOC Code: 31-9096.00 - Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Career Profile

Veterinary Assistant Help Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are there prerequisites for this program?

A:  Refer to the "Prerequisites" tab above.

Q: Does MNTC require student ID badges?

A: Yes. All students and staff must wear an MNTC badge while on campus. Pictures for badges are taken during the registration process.

Q: Do I get college credit?

A:  No, however, you get plenty of clinical and work-based experience which can be helpful when applying to acceptance-based colleges.

Q: How much does this program cost?

A: Refer to the "expenses" tab above.

Q: I can't attend during the daytime, do you offer night classes?

A: This long-term program is not available in the evening. You might consider one of our short-term health classes or programs!

Q: Is there a waiting list?

A: For this program, you will need to speak with an MNTC Career Advisor. Set up your free career advisement today!

Q: What are possible occupations for me?

A: Refer to the "Potential Occupations" tab above.

Q: What certifications are available?

A: Refer to the "Credentials Available" tab above.

Q: What is the cost of this program?

A: Refer to the "cost" tab above.

Q: What kind of job could I get from this program?

A: Refer to the "potential occupations" tab above.

Q: What kind of testing is required prior to getting into the program?

A: Testing information is available during your meeting with an MNTC Career Advisor. 

Q: When does the program start?

A: Refer to the "class times" tab above.

Q: Who can apply?

A: Refer to the "Who can attend?" tab above.

Q: Why is this program only available to high school students?

A: While most of our career programs are open to adult and high school students, this program is designed with career and college exploration for high school students in mind.

Q: Will MNTC help me find job opportunities during or after I finish the program?

A: Yes! Our Career and College Connection team coordinate career and college fairs on campus throughout the year. They also help with resumes, interviews, employment opportunities, etc. Additionally, internships are may be available to eligible students.

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