Veterinary Assistant Program at Palo Alto College (PAC)

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Veterinary Assistant Program

The veterinary assistant program at Palo Alto College prepares students to assist veterinarians, laboratory animal specialists, and zoological professionals in treating animals. They also have the option to become a kennel attendant, animal caretaker, groomer, zookeeper, or animal trainer. The program focuses on providing patient management, care, and clinical procedure assistance, and owner communication. Program courses include: animal health and nutrition, animal handling, clinical pathology, radiology, anesthesiology, dental prophylaxis, surgical assisting, and clinical laboratory procedures. Get more details below including other Texas colleges that offer veterinary assistant program.

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Students Enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant Program

Get more details below regarding enrollment, academics, and school demographics. PAC has offered the following program levels for students:

  • Less Than One Year Certificate
  • Associate's Degree

Students by Academic Level (2013)

 Graduates
Less Than One Year Certificate18
Associate's Degree18

Students by Gender (2013)

 Graduates
Male2
Female34

Students by Race (2013)

 Graduates
Hispanic12
White22
Unknown2

Career Options for Graduates

Upon completion of the Veterinary Assistant program at Palo Alto College, most students have pursued careers in the following fields:

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

Description

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Description

Perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of diseases. Prepare tissue samples, take blood samples, and execute laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts. Clean and sterilize instruments and materials and maintain equipment and machines. May assist a veterinarian during surgery.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, veterinary technologists and technicians employment is expected to grow at a rate of 52.0% from 2010 to 2020

Salary & Wages

  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
    • Total Employment: 850
    • Average Hourly Rate: $14.63
    • Average Annual Salary: $30,420

Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Description

Feed, water, and examine pets and other nonfarm animals for signs of illness, disease, or injury in laboratories and animal hospitals and clinics. Clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment. May provide routine post-operative care, administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians, veterinarians, or scientists.

Career Outlook & Projects ()

According to the BLS, veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers employment is expected to grow at a rate of 14.2% from 2010 to 2020

Salary & Wages

  • San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
    • Total Employment: 380
    • Average Hourly Rate: $10.36
    • Average Annual Salary: $21,540

Source: Job descriptions, estimated salary and wages, and projected job growth are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Other schools offering Veterinary Assistant Programs in Texas

Veterinary Assistant programs are available at the colleges and universities listed below.

C = Certificate or Award | A = Associate Degree | B = Bachelor's Degree | M = Master's Degree | D = Doctorate Degree (PhD,MD,...)

Sanford - Brown Institute - Austin

Austin, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School

Programs

  • Medical Assistant (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)

Blinn College

Brenham, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 6 students completed this program

Programs

  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)

McLennan Community College

Waco, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 46 students completed this program

Programs

  • Medical Assistant (C,A)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C,A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C,A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (C,A)

Pima Medical Institute - Houston

Houston, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • 27 students completed this program

Programs

  • Medical Assistant (C)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C)
  • Veterinary Assistant (C)

Vet Tech Institute of Houston

Houston, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Healthcare or Nursing School
  • 120 students completed this program

Programs

  • Veterinary Assistant (A)

Houston Community College System

Houston, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 22 students completed this program

Programs

  • Medical Assistant (C)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C)

Lone Star College - Montgomery

The Woodlands, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 27 students completed this program

Programs

  • Medical Assistant (C,A)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C,A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C,A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C,A)

Navarro College

Corsicana, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College

Programs

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)

Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 9 students completed this program

Programs

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (C)
  • Veterinary Assistant (C)

Cedar Valley College

Lancaster, TX
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School Details

  • Type: Community College
  • 190 students completed this program

Programs

  • Veterinary Assistant (C,A)

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