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Veterinary Assistant Training​


Registration Fee: $3,195

Additional Fees:

Scrubs for externship


150 Hours of Classroom Lecture &       100 Hours of Clinical Externship

Upcoming Training Sessions: 

August 17, 2019 - February 18, 2020

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Training held at the College of the Desert, Indio
Externship to be completed by May 10, 2020

November 4, 2019 - April 15, 2020

Mondays & Wednesdays,6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.
Training held at the COD PaCE (Westfield Mall, Palm Desert)
Externship to be completed by August 31, 2020

March 14, 2020 - August 29, 2020

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Training held at COD PaCE (Westfield Mall, Palm Desert)
Externship to be completed by December 31, 2020


Turn Your Love of Animals into a Rewarding Career!

Veterinary Assistants are entry-level healthcare professionals that work in many different veterinary settings. Most Veterinary Assistants work closely with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide medical care for sick or injured animals. Some Veterinary Assistants develop careers in other areas of animal care such as, pet sitting, behavioral training, grooming, and animal therapy.

If you love working with animals, take the first step towards a new career in the veterinary field with Veterinary Assistant Program.

Through this training program, receive quality training from dedicated and experienced instructors. Receive hands-on training to be able to work side-by-side with a veterinary team tending to the needs of animals. Students learn about a number of veterinary assistant duties and jobs dedicated to treating domestic animals – from birds and reptiles to cats and dogs – and believe they all deserve compassionate medical care.

National Certification: Upon successful completion of this program, students would be eligible to sit for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) national examination. 


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“This program is eligible for financial assistance under the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply.” Call 760-863-2500 for more information.

WIOA Title-I financially assisted program is an equal opportunity program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.​