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Mission

The mission of this program is to prepare students for employment and/or advanced training to enhance their skills and preparedness for a career in the veterinarian and animal care taker industry. This program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as animal care givers or kennel technicians.

Description

This program is divided into three courses: Animal Care Giver, Kennel Tech and Veterinary Assistant. Training stresses understanding and performing the basics in the animal industry and or a veterinary hospital: Animal Care Giver: sanitation, safety, restraint and control of select species, Kennel Tech: kennel production management, employability skills, animal behavior, client education, preventive medicine; and Vet Assistant: basic lab diagnostic tests, surgical assisting, pharmacy protocol and posology. Adults with a grade average of 80% upon the completion of the second course are eligible for external work experience. All students must complete an external work experience in order to qualify for their industry certification Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA).

The program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as animal care givers or kennel technicians.

Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points. OCPs provide a student with early completion training options linked to employment opportunities established by the Florida Department of Education based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and accepted industry titles.

Academic Skill Level Required to Complete the Program

Grade 9 math, language and reading.

A010512 OCP Postsecondary Program of Study 750 Hrs
ATE00006 A Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 1 450
ATE00070 B Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers 2 150
ATE00072 C Veterinary Assistant 150
Dual Enrollment available for high school students.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Industry Certification/Licensure

After completion of the program, students take the following exam:

  • Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA), Animal Care Technologies
Animal Care Technologies Certified Veterinary Assistant

Articulation

Upon successful completion of this program, students enrolling in an AS degree program are eligible to be awarded articulated credits at:

St. Petersburg College:

  • Veterinary Technology AS degree – 4 credits

Program Cost

  • $3,952.81
Tuition and Fees

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Start Date

January 7, 2020

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