As the Austin population continues to expand, the number of pets is growing and creating an urgent need for caring and qualified veterinary clinical assistants. The Austin Community College Veterinary Assistant program is a 504-contact-hour, basic certification course that combines classroom lecture with hands-on learning in clinical and laboratory settings. It can be completed in three semesters by students attending classes 10-20 hours per week. Training will focus on the skills required of back-office assistants. This program will prepare you to take the Texas Veterinary Medical Association Level One CVA exam and launch a new career as a Certified Veterinary Assistant.