One or two years, 3 hours per day

Prerequisite: Biology or Enrolled in Biology

Course Information:

Students will be introduced to the science and art of providing professional support to veterinarians. Students will be instructed in basic anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, and veterinary technician assisting skills. Students will gain leadership skills developed through HOSA participation. Students will also have the option to earn an Advanced Life Science: Animals credit.


Veterinary Careers I (includes HS Advanced Life Science, Animals)

Veterinary Careers II (includes HS Animal Science)

Note:  Students must provide their own transportation to clinical site. 

Dual Credit Offered*:  (Learn more about Dual Credit)

Ivy Tech (1st year, 3 credits)

AGRI 107 Advanced Animal Science (3 cr)

Ivy Tech (2nd year, 3 credits)

AGRI 103 Intro to Animal Science (3 cr)


*Must meet Ivy Tech program-ready requirements

Courses are subject to change. See instructor for most updated list.


Certifications Available: (Learn more about Certifications)

Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) - pending for 2020-2021

National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA)

*indicates 19-20 IN Promoted Industry Certification

Job Opportunities:

Veterinary Assistant • Zoos


Get Involved:

Join our Career-Technical Student Organization - HOSA: Future Health Professionals!

Learn leadership skills, compete in events, earn scholarships, and much more! 


$$$ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook on the Internet at

Related Course at JEL:

Health Careers Exploration


Kandy Smitha 

317.259.5269   x44024

My students receive an academic credit for Advanced Life Science: Animals, one hour each semester and two elective credits in Veterinary Assisting as first year students.  Second year students receive 3 elective credits in Veterinary Assisting II.  I have 11 years experience in Veterinary Medicine and am also a licensed nurse.  I have attended Vincennes University for nursing and Purdue University for Veterinary Technician.  I am married and have one furry child named Sadie.  I have been at J. Everett Light Career Center for 21 years.

Instructional Assistant

Eddie Erickson