Veterinary Assistant

Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career with the Veterinary Assistant program at College of DuPage.

Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers look after animals in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics. They care for the well-being of animals by performing routine tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, scientists, and veterinary technologists and technicians.

Get on the waiting list for the fall 2016 course!

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To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email or register online.


Veterinary Assistant Program Details



150 hours of study, including 60 clinical hours and the opportunity to complete a 30-hour externship with hands-on training in an animal hospital, clinic or office. (Facility choice is subject to availability.)


18 years of age
High school diploma or GED is required
English proficiency
No prior criminal conviction

Additional skills required: Psychomotor skills (hand-eye coordination and finger dexterity) and visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe practice of dental assistant duties. Ability to pass a drug testing and criminal background check for licensure or employment.

Students requesting accommodations are encouraged to consult the College of DuPage Center for Access and Accommodations prior to registration.

Externships will be assigned in class at a neighboring facility. Classes do not meet during this time.

Please note: Externships most often take place during normal business hours and successful completion is required to graduate. Externship dates are given in the beginning of class to ensure ample time to make necessary scheduling arrangements to complete this important requirement.

Tuition and Financial Options

Tuition of $1,999 includes books, materials and externship.
A payment plan is available. Payment is due at registration.
This program is approved for funding by the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Check workNet DuPage for eligibility.


Employment of veterinary assistants is expected to grow 10 percent by 2022. Salaries vary depending on hours, certification, experience and location, but average $12.17 per hour, or $23,000 annually.

Please see Career Coach for detailed career information.

Register today!
To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email or register online. 


Contact Information

Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785


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