Whether working at a shelter, a country clinic, or in a sleek city animal hospital, veterinary assistants are an important part of any veterinary practice. Michigan veterinary assistant schools typically teach a wide variety of skills to help new graduates get a solid foundation with veterinary practices.

Veterinary Assisting Schools in Michigan

Veterinarian assistants can attain certification to prepare them for the job tasks, including assisting a team with anesthesiology, sterilization, lab testing, specimen collection, diagnostics, vaccines and serums, and surgical assisting. Here are a few examples of vet assisting schools in Michigan, or schools that offer programs in this area.

  • Ross Medical Education Center: With locations in every major town and city across the state, this is a great option for students in rural or urban areas to get certified.

  • Macomb Community College: This College has a very high graduation rate and a great reputation.

  • Lansing Community College: Located conveniently near the city center, this school is inexpensive and easy to reach.

  • Wayne County Community College: Very affordable and accessible to Detroit students using public transportation.

  • Mid Michigan Community College: Easily accessible to students in rural areas north of Grand Rapids.

  • North Central Michigan College: This college is convenient to the lakes and is a great resource for those wanting to focus on marine life.

  • Bay De Noc Community College: Elegantly named, this college is located in a stunning part of Michigan. This is an excellent school for rural students and those focusing on outdoor areas of veterinary assisting.

What to Expect from Michigan Vet Assisting Programs

Certified Veterinary Assistants receive a well-rounded education in the basics of animal health care. Students learn about how veterinarians give exams and exam procedures, how to give x-rays, lab safety procedures, animal pharmacology/pharmacy, animal husbandry, and more. Veterinarian assistants working in the field are expected to:

  • Administer vaccines and other injections
  • Perform venipunctures
  • Dress wounds
  • Clean wounds
  • Take and record vital signs
  • Clean teeth
  • Collect blood samples

Students are eligible to take the State of Michigan Certified Veterinary Assistant exams upon successful completion of the following academic and practical coursework requirements:

  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine: Usually a 12-hour course, students learn about various veterinary careers and types of working environments, customer relations, basic veterinary terminology, human-animal bonds, and animal restrain techniques.

  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology: Up to 86 hours in the classroom, this course covers animal handling tactics, compassionate care techniques, and the ethics of veterinary work.

  • Veterinarian Career Success Training: Up to 24 classroom hours, this course shows students where to look for work, how to apply for jobs after graduation, how to dress for the job, how to perform basic office duties, and how to remain professional at work.

  • Practical Training: Students are required to complete 500 hours of hands-on training or job shadowing.

  • Exams: Upon completion of all course work and on the job training, graduates are eligible to take the CVA 1 certification exam proctored by the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association.

Michigan Veterinary Assistant Certification

Veterinary assistant training programs are standard across the state. Students should attend a state-certified training program and meet the criteria to obtain certification:

  • Complete a 36 week academic program specializing in veterinary assisting.
  • Demonstrate academic proficiency by passing various throughout academic training.
  • Complete up to 9 months of on the job training.
  • Take the State of Michigan Veterinary Assisting exam

Resources for Vet Assisting in Michigan

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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Highest Award
East Lansing
Doctorate & First Professional

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Veterinary Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Michigan. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Veterinary Assistants

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Veterinary Assistants relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Annual Median Salary
Battle Creek 50 $24,180
Ann Arbor 190 $31,980
Jackson 50 $26,740
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 1000 $25,230
Flint 100 $24,810
Grand Rapids-Wyoming 160 $25,050
Saginaw N/A $23,670
Lansing-East Lansing 190 $25,370
Kalamazoo-Portage 150 $23,620


  1. Vet Tech, A Guide Into The Veterinary Technician Field, Absolute Exhilaration EDU, http://www.vettechguide.org/vet-tech-schools-in-michigan/, accessed September 16, 2016
  2. License/Regs, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, https://www.michvma.org/License/Regs, accessed September 16, 2016

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