Certified Veterinary Assistant

​Do you want a career helping to ensure the well-being of animals? Our Certified Veterinary Assistant program will give you the skills you need to make a difference in animal health.

Certified veterinary assistants prepare patients for examinations by taking temperature, weight, pulse and respiratory rates and aid veterinarians during exams and treatments. They may prepare medications, lab specimens and surgical packs and be responsible for daily care and treatment of patients. They may also have administrative duties such as billing and collections, scheduling appointments, maintaining files, preparing reports and designing office procedures.

As a student in the Certified Veterinary Assistant program, you will receive a certificate of completion of all courses. These courses will provide you with the knowledge and skills required by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) to sit for the Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 exam (CVA 1). You must pass the CVA exam offered by TVMA to be certified.

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Looking to earn more? Preparation for a career as a veterinary technician is also available.