Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants are a vital part of the veterinary team, working closely with Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, pets and owners. Job duties include lifting and restraining animals, office and business skills, communication, clinical procedures and diagnostics, and much more. Veterinary Assistants work in veterinary hospitals, research facilities, and many other locations. This program is intended to provide students all the necessary skills to sit for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association’s Certified Veterinary Assistant exam.

ACC's Veterinary Assistant Program

In this one semester, two class, 200 hour program students will both learn veterinary medicine through lecture, as well as attend off site clinicals to learn hands-on skills. Some of the items that veterinary assistants are responsible for include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of medical terminology
  • OSHA, PPE and safety regulations
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Calculating drug dosages and filling prescriptions
  • Phlebotomy and IV catheter placement
  • Restraint of small and large animals
  • Anesthesia monitoring and recovery
  • Taking, running and reading a multitude of diagnostic tests
  • Professionalism, business and office management skills

Admission Requirements:

The ACC Veterinary Assistant program is open to any person at least 16-years-old at the start of the course, along with the following requirements:

  • Have proof of Medical insurance during the courses
  • Be able to effectively communicate orally and in-writing with English
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and access to email
  • Be physically able to stand for prolonged periods and maneuver in limited spaces
  • Be able to push/pull lift 50+ pounds
  • Visit the CEWD Healthcare page for the Viewpoint Screening and the application process and needs:
    • Pass a criminal background check
    • Be current in health care vaccinations
    • CEWD Physical form completed
    • Have a current CPR certification
    • Read and understand HB1508 requirements for the licensing path 

Additional Program Information:

This Veterinary Assistant program courses satisfy the 200 hours needed to begin the path of a Certified Veterinary Assistant Level 1 (CVA1) with the Texas Veterinary Medicine Association (TVMA).

TVMA requires an additional 300 hours completed in the veterinary hospital environment under the guidance of a DVM or LVT to sit for the CVA1 exam. Deadline to submit the needed paperwork for the CVA1 Review and Test course is 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the CEVTHT 2000 course.

ACC offers the CEVTHT 2000 CVA1 Review Course and Test twice each year.

Upcoming Classes:

Alvin Campus

Veterinary Assistant Program


CVA Review & Exam