Veterinary Assistant Program
Admissions Policies and Physical Requirements
To enroll in ABC programs an individual must:
- Possess a high school diploma, GED, high school equivalency or pass the Ability to Benefit Test
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Pass a computerized entrance exam covering basic English and Math skills
- Have a phone interview with an Admissions Counselor to determine eligibility for enrollment
- Disclose all past felony convictions, which includes, but is not limited to; animal, drug or alcohol-related incidents. Enrollment based upon this information will be at the sole discretion of ABC
If an application is not accepted, all tuition paid to the College will be refunded.
Student will participate in a two-part program involving home study and Externship. The Externship requires the student to participate in on-site veterinary assistant training in an ABC approved veterinary facility under the professional guidance of veterinary staff. Students must arrange for their own transportation to and from scheduled Externship sessions while enrolled in the program.
Essential Skills: Minimum Skills Required
- Reading: Student must be able to read English at a High School equivalency level
- Writing: Student must be able to write English at a High School equivalency level
- Communication: Student must be able to communicate verbally in English and give both hand and voice directions
- Observation: Student must be observant at all times of all persons and animals to maintain a safe working environment
- Physical Demands: See specific Physical Requirements below
Physical Requirements for Admission
Veterinary assistants are expected to assist in many tasks involving the animals under veterinary care. Many animals are fast moving and have quick responses to stimuli in their environment. Some animals can be stressed, fearful or aggressive in a veterinary hospital environment. Because of these factors, it is essential for the student be capable of all the tasks noted in the below chart.
- Student must be able to use both hands for repetitive action, such as data entry, using animal restraint devices, including leashes, collars and muzzles, and maneuvering and hand signals:
- Firm Grasp: Both Hands
- Fine Manipulation: Both Hands
- Hands are exposed to water or other liquids on a repetitive basis: Yes
- Disposable gloves required: May be needed
- Repetitive Movement for feet is required:
- Walking: Frequent or Constant
- Walking at brisk pace: Frequent; both forward and backwards keeping eyes on animal interaction and human/animal interaction. Must be able to turn sharply to change direction. Must have a reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations.
- Visual Requirements and Hearing Requirements:
- Does the program require a minimal visual acuity? Yes, student must be able to visually observe persons and animals in close proximity as well as up to 30- feet away. Student must possess good vision, including peripheral, fine detail, distance, depth perception and ability to focus.
- Does the program require differentiation of color? No
- Can the student wear glasses/contacts? Yes
- Does the program require minimal hearing acuity? Yes, normal speech at close contact and shouting up to 30- feet away, also ability to hear and discern animal vocalizations and changes in pitch, both soft and loud.
- Does the program require driving motorized vehicle or equipment? No, although Students must arrange own transportation while in program.
- Other specific criteria:
- Must possess excellent hand-eye coordination
- Student must have good range of motion in joints; especially wrist, knees, elbows and back
- Student must possess an acceptable sense of touch and smell
- Student must have an acceptable sense of balance when standing
- Student must be able to work and reach on hands and knees
- Student must have an acceptable range of dexterity in hands and fingers
- Student must be able to withstand being jumped on small and large animals
- Student must be able to physically restrain small and large animals
- Student must be able to handle prolonged exposure to a variety of solutions, including but not limited to; dish soap, chlorhexidine, spectra soap, isopropanol, hydrogen peroxide, ammonium cleaners and bleach
- Student must be able to cope with the handling and processing of bodily fluids
- Must have reasonable degree of agility to move through tightly cramped areas in various situations
- Student must accept the risks of exposure to certain materials including but not limited to pathogens, radiation, anesthesia and bio-hazardous materials
Emotional and Mental Requirements:
- Must be able to cope with animal death (e.g. surgical complication, euthanasia, illness, etc)
- Must be able work under stressful conditions
- Must be able to handle being present during all surgical situations (e.g. seeing and possibly handling of blood, body tissues and organs)
Ability to Use Equipment
- Students must have access to a computer and the internet.
- Students must have basic computer skills to use internet.
- Students must be able to attach and detach animal collars, leashes and muzzles.
- Students must be able to grasp and hold leash or other restraint devices for controlling all sizes of dogs and cats.
Inability to meet Physical Requirements
Students who are unable to meet the above physical requirements should notify ABC faculty immediately. Animal Behavior College welcomes the opportunity to provide reasonable accommodation to students who do not meet one or more of the Physical Requirements to allow students to successfully and safely complete all program requirements.