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Certificate in Equine Veterinary Assistant

Pursue a Career as an Equine Veterinary Assistant

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This program is offered on Campus.

You’ve loved and cared for animals since you were young. You want to help them live long and healthy lives. With Post University’s Equine Veterinary Assistant program, you can prepare to pursue a career in an equine veterinary practice, where you will support the veterinarian in treating and healing horses. Our specialized classes and practical learning opportunities at our Connecticut campus will give you the expertise and relevant working experience you need to help equine veterinarians with the critical health care needs of horses—all before you graduate. 

Program Highlights

Our Equine Veterinary Assistant program explores the roles and responsibilities typically performed by an equine veterinary assistant. These include clerical and office procedures, client contact, patient handling and restraint, pharmacy and inventory management, technical and surgical preparation and assistance, nursing care, laboratory specimen preparation, and assistance with common diagnostic imaging modalities. Core coursework for this Equine Veterinary Assistant program covers general biology, medical and scientific terminology, pharmacology, equine medical management, and more.  


What can I do with an Equine Veterinary Assistant Certificate?

Upon completion of this Equine Veterinary Technician certificate program, you will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with equine veterinarians and technicians in a semester-long internship. And you’ll hone skills for job opportunities involving horses—from the front office side with business management best practices to the hands-on side with insights into horse-rider training and equine wellness. In total, your education is designed to give you the tools you need to pursue possible career paths in veterinary practices, horse riding facilities, equine therapy and more.  

The Equine Veterinary Assistant Certificate is not designed to fulfill the educational requirements for any professional credential, such as a state veterinary technician license. Professional credentials vary by state and include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. Learn about veterinary certification requirements, which vary by state, through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America:


Visit the University Catalog >> for Curriculum, Course Descriptions, and Program Outcomes.


At Post University, we go above and beyond to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to be a successful equestrian veterinary assistant. Our commitment to your professional goals begins the moment you enroll. You will be assigned an academic advisor—who will address your challenges and answer any questions—and work with our Equine Program Director to ensure you’re making the most of your equine education. 

Take the reins of your future. Contact Post University today to enroll in our equine certification program.  

This certificate is only awarded in conjunction with a major or minor in Equine Studies. 


How do I become an equine vet assistant?

At Post, to become an equine veterinary assistant you must first declare a major in Equine Studies or major in another subject and a minor in Equine Studies. This will help build a solid foundation in equine care and prepare you with the necessary skills to support a veterinarian in treating and healing horses.

What does an equine vet assistant do?

In school, a future equine veterinary assistant learns about biology, common diagnostic imaging modalities, medical terminology, technical and surgical preparation and assistance, patient handling and restraint, and office procedures to help assist veterinarians in ambulatory or clinical practice. 

What degree do you need to be an equine vet assistant?

Veterinary assistants may be required to hold licensure as required by each state’s veterinary board. The training needed to prepare for licensing exams is not provided at Post. To see the requirements in your state please visit the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America 

Note: Professional credentials vary by state and may include requirements outside of education, which may include exams, background checks, work experience, and more. 

What is the difference between a vet tech and vet assistant?

As a veterinary assistant you may help with day-to-day clerical work, scheduling, and the feeding and care for animals while working directly under the supervision of a veterinarian or a veterinary technician. 

A veterinary technician can help administer medicine, draw blood, prepare animals for surgery, perform initial checkups, assist in surgery, and more. This career requires a formal education not provided Post, and may also require licensure (depending on state requirements).

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