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Veterinary assistants are integral members of animal healthcare teams. These jobs are multifaceted, and entail providing customer service while using knowledge of anesthesiology, sterilization technology, lab technology, diagnostics, vaccines and serums, and surgical technology.

Texas Veterinary Assistant Schools

Veterinary assisting schools in Texas keep a consistent number of students flowing through, and some schools have admissions waiting lists. Here are a few examples of schools in the area that offer this type of program:

  • Cedar Valley College: Located in Lancaster, TX, this college graduates more veterinary assistants than any other school in the state.

  • McLennan Community College: The second-largest program in the state, this Waco-based college is well-respected and very affordable.

  • Pima Medical Institute: Houston - An exclusive school, Pima is well-known for graduating capable and work-ready individuals.

  • Palo Alto College: This San Antonio-based educational program is a regional favorite and student retention rates are very high. This is a high-value program.

  • Lone Star College System: Small class sizes and very reasonable tuition rates help cement this college on the favorites list.

What to Expect from Texas Vet Assisting Programs

Certified Veterinary Assistants are exposed to numerous aspects of animal health care. Students study veterinary exam procedures, animal pharmacology and husbandry, x-ray imaging basics, lab safety, and quarantining. To gain certification, students must pass exams with the Texas Veterinary Medical Association after fulfilling course requirements. Coursework and classroom offerings may include:

  • Introduction to Veterinary Medicine: Most veterinary assistant schools in Texas require at least 12 hours of course work in veterinary medicine, where they learn about veterinary careers and offices, different types of working environments, customer service, basic veterinary terminology and how to restrain animals. Some colleges also highlight the human-animal bond in these courses.

  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology: Sometimes up to an 86 hour course, this class teaches students about the most basic animal handling and care techniques and the ethics of veterinarian work.

  • Veterinarian Career Success Training: Consisting of 24 classroom hours, this course teaches students how to apply for and land jobs, how to dress for the job, how to traverse office difficulties and how to remain a consummate professional in the workplace.

  • Practical Training: Classroom training is only the beginning of becoming a certified veterinary assistant. Students must complete a minimum of 500 hours of hands on training or job shadowing with an emphasis on skills training.

  • Exams: Upon completion of all course work and practical training, students are eligible to take the CVA 1 certification exam proctored by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

Texas Veterinary Assisting License

Veterinary Assistant Training Programs are standard across the State of Texas. Students must attend a state-approved training program and the following criteria must be met to get certified:

  • Attending mandatory classroom hours
  • Prove academic proficiency
  • 500 hours of hands-on training
  • Attaining all of the skills required by the Skills Validation Checklist
  • Get Skills Validation Checklist approved and turn in with the exam application
  • Pass the certification exam

Resources for Vet Assisting in Texas

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More Texas Veterinary Assistants Schools

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Lancaster
Associate
4,834
Houston
Associate
43,518
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Waco
Associate
8,079
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
San Antonio
Associate
7,662
Alpine
Masters
2,717
Austin
Associate
825
Weatherford
Associate
4,544

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Veterinary Assistants

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. 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
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Austin-Round Rock 550 $24,790
Abilene N/A $21,490
Amarillo 30 $19,730
College Station-Bryan 100 $29,610
Corpus Christi N/A $20,580
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 1190 $22,960
El Paso N/A $25,730
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 1160 $25,240
San Antonio-New Braunfels 680 $24,810
Longview 40 $20,200
Lubbock N/A $22,640
Killeen-Temple 110 $22,090
Tyler N/A $18,900
Waco 40 $23,030

Sources:

  1. Texas Veterinary Medical Association, Policies and Guidelines, Policy Manual Version 1.1, NCFFA, https://ncffa.org/Web%20Files/Student%20Certifications/04-Certified%20Vet%20Assistant.pdf, accessed September 16, 2016
  2. Veterinary Technology Programs Accredited by the AVMA CVTEA, American Veterinary Medical Association, https://www.avma.org/ProfessionalDevelopment/Education/Accreditation/Programs/Pages/vettech-programs-all-programs-list.aspx#texas, accessed September 16, 2016

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