Veterinary Assistant Certificate of Achievement and Veterinary Receptionist Certificate of Achievement

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The Veterinary Assistant course of study is a fully on-line Certificate of Achievement that provides the course work, direction and work experience necessary to prepare students or augment existing skills to develop knowledge and self confidence working with animals as a veterinary assistant, receptionist, pet shop, kennel, animal control or animal shelter worker. Students learn effective communication techniques, veterinary terminology, procedures for medical records and admitting/discharging patients, animal behavior basics, inventory and ordering techniques, how to deal with difficult clients, book keeping skills, animal restraint, animal grooming, veterinary record keeping, administration of medication and medical assisting.

Valuable members of the veterinary medical team, the veterinary assistant works under the supervision of the Registered Veterinary Technician and veterinarian to facilitate the delivery of quality medical care to their animal patients. Students will learn via the Internet, on-line discussion groups, videotaped presentations and textbooks. This convenient distance learning program is ideal for the working professional and allows for more flexibility than a traditional college curriculum and is designed to allow students to complete the Certificate of Achievement in just one year. In addition to providing the necessary information to upgrade current job skills for those already employed in veterinary facilities, this course of study also provides an excellent preparation for the individual interested in applying to the Yuba College Veterinary Technology Program.

Gainful Employment

The cost for any of our certificate programs is the current cost of tuition at a California Community College. The cost for textbooks is variable, depending upon the class(es) taken; many books may be rented or purchased used. The length of time needed to complete the certificate will depend upon how many courses the student takes each semester. All certificates can be completed in one calendar year. More information on the certificates as well as employment data can be found here: Earning Potential.

For questions or enrollment information please contact Certificate Coordinator:

Bonnie Loghry, MPH, CPH, RVT
​Request for Certificate (to be emailed to Certificate Coordinator once all courses have been successfully completed)


Certificate of Achievement

Course Units

VETT 5 series Internship** (see below for course prerequisite)

VETT 6 Veterinary Workplace Safety 3
VETT 7 Veterinary Business Applications 3
VETT 55 Veterinary Medical Terminology 3
VETT 91 Veterinary Assisting 3
Plus select three or more units from the following courses to fulfill certificate requirements:
AG 11 Agricultural Accounting 3
AG 44 Horse Production 3
AG 45 Principles of Animal Science 3
AG 45L Principles of Animal Science 4
BIOL 10 General Biology   or 3
BIOL 10L General Biology 4
GNBUS 52 Business English 3
VETT 8 Large Animal Medicine and Nursing 3
VETT 9 Laboratory Animal Medicine 3
VETT 10 Exotic and Wildlife Medicine 3
VETT 12 Introduction to Veterinary Medical Math 2
VETT 52 Human Animal Bond 3
VETT 54 Public Health & Infectious Disease 3
VETT 56 Shelter Medicine 3
VETT 57 Animals in Society 3
Minimum units required for certificate 16

 **(VETT 91 is the prerequisite for this course and must be taken prior to enrolling in VETT 5)

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