8:30 PM Update: All systems are back online, including student access to the Canvas Learning Management System. EFSC's IT team was able to restore network access this evening following an outage caused by a technical issue that began shortly before 3 PM. Students who had deadlines in Canvas that were impacted by the outage should reach out to their instructors. Thank you for your patience as technical systems were restored to operational status.


COVID Update:

EFSC has returned to normal pre-COVID operations, with full capacity on-campus classes and events. Click for the COVID Reporting Requirements and the Return to Campus Approval Process which remain in place. See the Student Services Guide for on-campus services available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, plus virtual options. Read the latest updates.

Veterinary Assisting CCC

Veterinary Assisting is a three-semester certificate program available as either a full-time, stand-alone College Credit Certificate or as part of the Veterinary Nursing A.S. program. Students will complete a task-oriented curriculum focused on skills required for assisting veterinary technicians, veterinary nurses and veterinarians in clinical practice. The program includes hands-on and clinical experiences under the guidance of veterinary and veterinary technician/nursing faculty.

Completion of the certificate program can also serve as an acceleration mechanism for the Veterinary Nursing A.S. degree program at EFSC. Fourteen credits will transfer to the A.S. degree program after the completion of the Veterinary Assisting program. The last term of the certificate program can even overlap with the first term of the A.S. degree if a certificate program student has applied and been accepted into the A.S. degree track. Admission to both programs is limited and requires a special application process.

Upcoming Application Deadline

The Veterinary Assisting application deadline is September 15 for a Spring Term (January) program start. Follow the process below to apply.

Veterinary Assisting CCC Application Process and Program Requirements
  • Applicant must be 18 years of age by the application deadline
  • Applicant must be a high school graduate or hold a GED
  • Applicant must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or a college GPA of 2.0
  • Applicant must have been accepted to EFSC following the college's general admissions guidelines before applying for the Veterinary Assisting program. This general admissions step will include submitting official high school and/or college transcripts to the EFSC Admissions office.
  • Applicant must submit unofficial college transcripts OR high school transcripts if applicant has never attended college to the Health Sciences Admissions office. If EFSC already has your transcripts from the general admissions process, please fill out and return this transcript form.
  • Applicant must submit the Health Sciences Institute online application for the Veterinary Assisting program and pay the $25 application fee before the Sept. 15 deadline.
  • Applicant must write a 150 to 200-word, handwritten essay on the following topic, using at least one citation in APA style: "Describe how duties and education differ between a veterinary assistant and a veterinary nurse/technician."

Please email all Application documents to Health Science Admissions at by 11:59 PM on September 15.

Applicants for the program will be selected based on the requirements listed above. In the event of a tie, selection will be made based on the applicant's GPA and an objective review/evaluation of the applicant's essay.

For more information on the Veterinary Assisting CCC program, please contact:

Health Sciences Admissions & Advising