Veterinary Assisting Diploma Program

Do you enjoy working with animals? If so, consider career training in Southern Technical College’s Veterinary Assisting Diploma program. This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as an assistant to a Veterinarian or Veterinary Technician.

Learn about animal care education; preparation of exam rooms; assisting in filling prescriptions and setting up lab work; helping with nursing and animal care; and learn front desk tasks such as customer service and clerical responsibilities. Finish in as fast as 10 months.  Graduates are eligible to take the Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) exam.

Program overview:

  • 10-month diploma program
  • A set of required materials and textbooks are provided at no additional cost
  • Hands-on learning
  • 180-hour externship
  • Eligible to sit for Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) exam

Why Southern Technical College:

  • Day and evening classes available
  • Small class sizes
  • Accredited
  • Faculty of industry professionals
  • Resume building and interviewing prep
  • Financial aid available to those who qualify


Veterinary Assistant Curriculum Overview

Students enrolled in the Veterinary Assisting diploma program will learn ethics and law, animal anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and animal care activities. Through hands-on lab experiences, students will learn how to keep medical and imaging records, offer client education, assist with nursing duties, prepare for surgeries, and assist in a routine exam. Before graduation students will spend 180 hours in an externship working side-by-side with a veterinary team.

Is a Career as a Veterinary Assistant Right for You?

Take the STC “Veterinary Assisting Career Training Readiness Quiz”

This fun, online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style plus the training and positions you’re best suited for. Get Your Veterinary Assisting Career Training Readiness Score Now.

Course Titles

Career Preparation
Introduction to Veterinary Assisting
Medical Terminology
Anatomy and Physiology
Laboratory Procedures
Veterinary Clinical Procedures
Hospital and Surgical Procedures
Veterinary Assisting Externship

If you’re considering schools for Veterinary Assisting programs in Florida, it’s time to find out why Southern Technical College is the place for you. Contact us today to get started.

Career options upon graduation

  • Animal Hospitals
  • Animal Specialty Clinics
  • Animal Day Care Facilities
  • Animal Shelters
  • Boarding Facilities
  • Pet Stores
  • Veterinary Clinics

Veterinary Assisting program is available at these locations:

Our graduates Destiny Thomas (above) and Lisa Almodovar (below), from Harmony Vet Care, participated in a TNR (Trap and Release) program to help keep the stray cat populations controlled!

Why Southern Tech?

At Southern Technical College we strive to provide an education that will prepare students to pursue successful careers and lead enriched lives.

Based on the current market demands, we seek to provide the most relevant knowledge to our students and strive to ensure that our technology, our curriculum and our faculty are in-touch with today’s and tomorrow’s industry needs.

Financial Assistance Options

This is most often the scariest part of your decision to go to college, but don’t worry, our staff will walk you through the process step-by-step. Financial Aid is available to those who qualify.

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
  • Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students
  • Veterans’ Benefits and Assistance

Career Training Readiness Quiz

This fun, online quiz takes 3-minutes to complete and you’ll get a personalized report which identifies your strengths and social style. Plus you will discover the training and positions you’re best suited for.