ETSU to offer veterinary assistant training

9:03 am | October 18, 2012

East Tennessee State University’s Office of Professional Development, in partnership with Boston Reed College, is offering a veterinary assistant training program.

The course will meet on the ETSU main campus from Nov. 5 to Dec. 17 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-9:30 p.m., with no class meetings the week of Nov. 19.

The program combines 35 hours of classroom instruction with a 24-hour volunteer experience that students will coordinate in their local area. Over the course of five weeks, participants learn to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals and clinics.

The program fee of $1,099 (which is subject to change) includes textbooks, program materials and a certificate of completion.

Veterinary assistants can pursue employment in a veterinary clinic or animal shelter by helping with procedures, caring for animals, performing simple laboratory tests and administering medications. The course will prepare students to assist veterinarians or veterinarian technicians in their daily tasks such as feeding, watering, and examining pets for signs of illness, disease or injury.

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