Learn the skills you need to properly care for the animals you love and get started on your career as a veterinary assistant.
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20% projected employment growth for veterinary assistants between 2022 and 2032.
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Veterinary Assistant
Program Number: 310913
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Science, Math and Natural Resources
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
28 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    The Veterinary Assistant program at Madison College will prepare you to care for animals in a variety of professions. 

    Great veterinary assistants love animals, are compassionate, detail-oriented and good communicators. As a vet assistant, your job is to support the veterinarian and vet tech with tasks. Typical duties include cleaning enclosures, feeding, weighing, bathing, taking temperatures, restraining animals during treatment and giving medications.

    The Veterinary Assistant program at Madison College helps students gain confidence through hands-on learning. While in the Vet Assistant program you will learn:

    • Veterinary medical terminology
    • Disease causes and symptoms.
    • Animal anatomy and physiology 
    • Safe animal handling
    • How to give medications
    • How to collect blood from a variety of species
    • How to prepare and aid in surgeries
    • Office duties such as record-keeping
    • How to educate and support clients 

    In addition to classes and lab time, you’ll get real-world experience working in a clinic where you will practice your skills in animal care, nursing techniques and procedures.. 

    Program Details

    Veterinary Assistant students are required to take classes full-time. 

    Classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.

    While in the Veterinary Assistant program, you must demonstrate the ability to perform essential functions as defined by the Board of Veterinary Medicine. 


    Veterinary Assistants work alongside Veterinary Technicians and Veterinarians to help care for and nurse animals. You can find employment in a variety of settings such as a:

    • Veterinary clinic
    • Animal shelter
    • Pet store
    • Doggy daycare
    • Boarding facilities
    Veterinary Technician

    With one more year of study, you can go on to become a Veterinary Technician.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    4 credits
    First Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

    • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
    • There is no current estimated wait time between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
    • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

    After Acceptance

    Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

    Additional Notes

    Students are required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements are subject to change based on updates to accreditation requirements or Madison College program assessment data.


    Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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    Apply to Madison College and take the first step towards your Veterinary Assistant career.

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  • Petition

    After Acceptance

    After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

    Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

    • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status
    • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
    • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
    • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program

    You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the link below.

    Fall 2024 and Spring 2025

    After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core-program courses through the Petition Process.


    Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates of the Veterinary Assistant Program gain the knowledge, skills and abilities to advance employment in the veterinary health care industry.  Students in the VA Program can decide to continue their degree into the Veterinary Technician 2 year (4 semester) Program.  Students that complete the 2-year associates degree are able to sit for the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and become a Certified Veterinary Technician.  

Ready to take the next step?
If you are interested in seeking an associate degree, diploma or certificate, your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply!
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