Large Animal Veterinary Technician: Veterinary Assistant

Agriculture and Animal Sciences

Students in the Veterinary Assistant certificate program receive a background in livestock production, companion animal handling, anatomy, veterinary terminology, clinic reception and administrative operations. After earning the certificate, graduates are qualified for in-demand veterinary assistant positions and may choose to continue their education in the Large Animal Veterinary Technician degree program.

Award: Certificate
Credits: 21
Locations: Calmar
Entry: Fall, Spring

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $4,662*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$19,816 - 72,008

Estimated annual salary range for Agriculture and Animal Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. ACCUPLACER® scores are valid for three years, and ALEKS® scores are valid for 18 months.
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2019-2020 Veterinary Assistant Class Schedule


AGS:114 Survey of the Animal Industry 2.0
AGS:218 Domestic Animal Physiology 4.0
AGV:121 Veterinary Medical Terminology 2.0
AGV:156 Veterinary Reception and Administration Skills 2.0


AGS:216 Equine Science 3.0
AGS:224 Companion Animal Science 3.0
AGV:106 Animal Handling, Records, and Procedural Management 2.0
MKT:183 Customer Service Strategies 3.0
Chris Carlson

Christopher Carlson, Ed.D.
Dean of Career and Technical Education

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2168
  • Location: Peosta

Christopher Harvey
Veterinary Technician Program Director

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8118
  • Location: Dairy Center

Kelli Hovey
Veterinary Technology Program Instructor

  • Email:
  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 8131
  • Location: Dairy Center