If you have a gentle touch and enjoy spending time with pets and other animals, you should consider a career as a veterinary assistant. Veterinary assistants work in animal clinics, hospitals, zoos, shelters, and in the field to take care of animals, under the supervision of a veterinarian or other specialists. Assistants are often the first point of contact in a veterinary office and they can make the experience less stressful for injured or sick animals and their caretakers. The Veterinary Assistant program prepares students to assist veterinarians with surgical and nursing care, laboratory procedures, administering medications and more. RTC's program is the only one in the state that is accredited by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and includes classroom theory, lab work, hands-on experience with animals, and internships in local veterinary clinics. Students will also apply basic math and practice technical reading and communications skills.