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Animal Sciences - Veterinarian Assistant / Pre-Vet Tech

A veterinarian assistant/pre-vet technician is a professional who acts as support staff for the veterinarian and others while helping animals in need. Range of duties include animal restraint, nursing care, radiology, routine lab procedures, blood collection, catheterization, dental cleanings, administration of vaccines, physical exams, client services, front office duties, general cleaning of exam rooms and kennels, CPR/First Aid, etc. This program will prepare students to work at veterinary clinics or to seek further education in the veterinary field.

Quick Facts:


West Campus (Logan)

Estimated Tuition & Fees:

$1,250 including background check fee - this is an estimate. Course fees may vary.


7-9 months (20 hrs/wk)

Estimated Monthly Payment:


Pell Grant Eligible:


Estimated Books and Supplies:

$686 - Cost varies by specialization and/or electives chosen. Click here for books and supplies details (ISBN/edition).


High School Students: Monday-Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Adult Students: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Clinical times vary.

Special Requirements:

High school diploma or GED prior to admission, CPR fee (varies; adult students only), non-refundable $50 background check fee, must be 18 years or older to submit to the background check to enter the adult program. An assessment of basic reading, math, ratios/proportions, fractions/percents, and keyboarding. Call (435) 750-3188 to schedule an appointment.

Outcome Data:

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education
Completion: 86%
Job Placement: 87%
Withdrawal: 14%
Source: Health Sciences COE Report FY2015/2016

Outcome statistics are compiled annually based upon Training Outcome surveys conducted with students post-graduation. Data is gathered through coordination with the student, faculty, Student Services Office personnel, and licensing agencies.

Gainful Employment Disclosures

Employment Outlook

Recent surveys of local veterinary clinics indicate a need for well-trained veterinarian assistants who have had significant supervised clinical experience. The employment outlook for veterinary assistant/pre-vet technicians is expected to grow 14 percent (about as fast as average) through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job openings will stem from an increase of pet owners who are willing to pay for advanced care for pets they consider to be part of their family.

Online/E-learning Components

This specialization is delivered face-to-face and may contain online components.


Required hours

ANSC - Veterinarian Assistant / Pre-Vet Tech 600 hrs See Breakdown

What others are saying

"I enjoyed everything I learned and especially liked the hands-on labs we got to participate in. I loved working with the animals!"


July 22, 2014