Train to Be a Veterinary Assistant!

Complete your Program in as few as 35 Weeks

Do you love animals? Have you always wanted to work with animals and care for them? Have you considered training for a career as a veterinary assistant? As a veterinary assistant you can play an important role, assisting veterinarians and providing critical and compassionate care to many kinds of animals. At High Desert Medical College, we offer an excellent training program in which you can earn your Certificate of Completion, Veterinary Assistant diploma in as few as 35 weeks! With HDMC’s hybrid, hands-on, and online courses, it has never been more possible to make your career goals a reality! Read on to learn how you can gain the knowledge and skills to enter this rewarding career, with training from HDMC!

Veterinary assistants are specially trained to provide critical assistance and support to scientists, veterinarians, and veterinary technologists and technicians with their daily tasks. Responsible for handling routine animal care, typical tasks of a veterinary assistant include:

  • Preparing veterinary exam rooms
  • Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments
  • Intaking animals for exams
  • Feeding animals 
  • Bathing animals 
  • Exercising animals
  • Restraining animals during procedures
  • Caring for and monitoring animals after surgery or treatment 
  • Giving medications 
  • Administering immunizations 


In HDMC’s Veterinary Assistant program, you can learn the theoretical knowledge and gain the critical hands-on skills to enter this rewarding career. Through a combination of quality curriculum delivered by experienced faculty, and hands-on practical experience in on-campus labs and through an externship, HDMC students are thoroughly prepared for careers in the veterinary assisting field. At HDMC, courses include:

  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Nursing and Care for the Veterinary Assistant
  • Externship


Graduates of HDMC’s veterinary assistant program receive their Certificate of Completion, Veterinary Assisting diploma, and are prepared to immediately enter into entry-level positions in the field. Veterinary assistants are ranked among the fastest growing occupations by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the BLS,  employment for veterinary assistants is projected to grow 16% over the 2019-2029 decade – adding as many as 15,700 new jobs to the economy (BLS 2021). As of 2021, veterinary assistants held about 100,000 jobs in the U.S. economy, with employment in veterinary offices, veterinary hospitals, research facilities, animal shelters, wildlife refuges, and zoos.

Does veterinary assisting sound like an interesting career to you? If you love animals, and have always wanted to make a career out of working with animals, then HDMC has the training program for you. With HDMC’s hybrid, hands-on, and online courses, you can train to be a veterinary assistant in as few as 35 weeks! With locations in Lancaster, Bakersfield, and Temecula, California, HDMC is an excellent choice for your career training. Contact our Admissions Department to find out how you can get started. Don’t wait any longer to pursue the career you have always wanted- give HDMC a call at 888-633-4362 today! Your new career begins here, with training from HDMC!

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