Veterinary Assistant

Upcoming apprenticeship program in partnership with Foothill College


The Veterinary Assistant program, to be run with Foothill College, is currently being redesigned. This paid, 2-year apprenticeship program (40 hours per week, including classroom time and on-the-job training) will prepare students to work as veterinary assistants through a combination of college credit courses, lectures, labs and on-the-job training.

Class topics will include medical terminology, animal care skills, clinical pathology methods, and more. The apprenticeship will follow the life of a rescue animal moving through the shelter system. You’ll learn how departments work together to contribute to an animal shelter’s mission. Upon completion of the program, you will have the necessary skills to further your career as a veterinary assistant.

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  • High school diploma or GED
  • Age 18 or older
  • English literacy
  • Basic math skills
  • Eligible to work in the US

Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship Program

This program is currently being redesigned. Join our email list to learn about future program dates and other JVS events.


This program is being redesigned

Time Commitment: 2 years

Start Date: Upcoming dates will be announced

Location: Bay Area

Cost: free

Topics: medical terminology, animal care skills, clinical pathology methods