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Veterinary Assistant Program at Palo Alto College (PAC)

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  • FAFSA School Code: 023413
  • Phone: (210) 486-3000

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  • Phone: (210) 921-5270

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  • Phone: (210) 921-5316

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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 (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Less Than One Year Certificate9
    Associate's Degree9

    Students by Gender (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Male0
    Female18

    Students by Race (2010-2011)

     Graduates
    Hispanic2
    White12
    Unknown4

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: 490
      • Average Hourly Rate: $15.63
      • Average Annual Salary: $32,500

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: 430
      • Average Hourly Rate: $11.61
      • Average Annual Salary: $24,150

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 = Doctor Degree (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

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McLennan Community College

Waco, TX
Type: Community College

9 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Medical Assistant (A)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)
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Houston Community College System

Houston, TX
Type: Community College

20 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Medical Assistant (C)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C)
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Lone Star College - Montgomery

The Woodlands, TX
Type: Community College

35 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Medical Assistant (C,A)
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (C,A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (C,A)
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Navarro College

Corsicana, TX
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) (A)
  • Pharmacy Technician (A)
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)
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Weatherford College

Weatherford, TX
Type: Community College

10 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Veterinary Assistant (C)
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Cedar Valley College

Lancaster, TX
Type: Community College

270 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Veterinary Assistant (C,A)
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Midland College

Midland, TX
Type: Community College

Programs Offered
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)
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Sul Ross State University

Alpine, TX
Type: 4-Year Public College

6 students completed this program

Programs Offered
  • Veterinary Assistant (A)