Featured Student Spotlight: Juan Caudillo, Veterinary Assistant Program

     Are you interested in a hands-on career? Would you like to work directly with animals? Have you considered training for a potential career in veterinary assisting? Veterinary assistants are responsible for routine veterinary care, including feeding, bathing and exercising animals, restraining animals during procedures, maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments, caring for animals after surgery and giving medication and immunizations prescribed. By performing these tasks, veterinary assistants play an important role in support of scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians.

     At High Desert Medical College, we offer a Veterinary Assistant training program designed to provide the skills, knowledge, and practical experience you need to enter this career path. If you are interested in a potential veterinary assisting career, HDMC might be a good choice for you! Check out this Featured Student Spotlight, featuring HDMC Veterinary Assistant student Juan Caudillo, to learn more about HDMC and our 35-week Veterinary Assistant diploma program. Get to know us better, with this edition of our Featured Student Spotlight Series.  

Juan Caudillo, Veterinary Assistant program, HDMC Temecula

     Juan is a student in the Veterinary Assistant program at HDMC Temecula. A hard-working student, Juan is dedicated to his training and motivated to succeed in his chosen field. He credits his teachers, as well as the hands-on experience he is gaining at HDMC, with preparing him for his future career. Juan said,  “I am glad to be where I am now. The VA program has been great and it’s all due to the hard work the instructor puts in to get us ready for our new careers. The best part has been the hands-on training we get on living animals.”

     Instructor Sarah Ann Morris Kozakiewicz chose Juan for the Student Spotlight because she was impressed by his work ethic and dedication. Kozakiewicz said, “Juan is a student who will ensure that he understands the material, by not just coming to his class, but coming to the night class just to get extra help. He has made me a better instructor by making me come up with different ways in helping him understand the material.” Kozakiewicz is confident that Juan has the potential to go far in his veterinary career, saying, “Juan is an individual who will go very far in this field! I would trust my animals in the care of Juan!” 

     HDMC’s Veterinary Assistant program is designed to prepare students like Juan for potential careers in the veterinary field. Through a combination of quality curriculum delivered by experienced faculty, and hands-on practical experience in on-campus labs and through an externship, HDMC Veterinary Assistant students learn the theoretical knowledge and practical hands-on skills needed to enter this rewarding field. Students learn how to provide critical assistance and support to scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians with their daily tasks. 

In the VA program, students learn:

  • Exam room preparation
  • Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments
  • Intaking animals for exams
  • Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
  • Restraining animals during procedures
  • Caring for and monitoring animals after surgery or treatment
  • Giving medications
  • Administering immunizations.  

     HDMC’s Veterinary Assistant program can be completed in as few as 35 weeks, and graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Veterinary Assistant diploma.

     Upon completion of their program, HDMC graduates enter the job market with confidence, thanks to the support of HDMC’s Career Services department. High Desert Medical College is committed to assisting our program graduates in the pursuit of stable, rewarding employment, and the Career Services department provides every student with a wide range of career support services, including resume writing assistance, job searching and networking, interviewing skills, and comprehensive job placement assistance. While the school cannot guarantee employment upon graduation, HDMC instructors and Career Services staff consistently seek to assist students with employment opportunities prior to and after graduation. At HDMC we are committed to offering both a quality educational experience, and individualized job placement assistance, so graduates can utilize the knowledge and skills they have gained to successfully enter their chosen career fields.

     Students like Juan choose HDMC’s Veterinary Assistant program because HDMC’s program is focused, achievable in a short amount of time, and provides the competitive skills needed for today’s job market. Why should you choose HDMC for your veterinary assistant training? With HDMC, you will receive skill-based training, career placement assistance, and hands-on practical experience. If you want to gain the skills and knowledge you need to enter the veterinary field with confidence, High Desert Medical College is here to help you make your veterinary assisting goals a reality! Call 888-633-4362 or click here to get started today!



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