Veterinary assistant

Veterinary assistant

Särevere campus
Additional information / commencing the studies: Ulvi Martin, ulvi[dot]martin[at]jkhk[dot]ee, phone: +372 517 9179
Type of programme: Level 4 vocational education, initial training (EstQF, level 4)
Curriculum group: Veterinary sciences
Programme format: Full-time study at school (in sessions)
Programme requirements: Secondary education
Duration of programme: 1 year and 6 months
Start of programme:
Academic year of 2018/2019, dates of study sessions
LA18/2
12.–15.09.18
26.–29.09
10.–13.10
24.–27.10
14.–17.11
05.–08.12
19.–22.12
16.–19.01.2019
06.–09.02 Workplace training 11.02–8.12.2019
20.–23.02
13.–16.03
27.–30.03
17.–20.04
01.–04.05
22.–25.05
05.–08.06
LA17/2
05.–08.09
26.–29.09
31.10–03.11
21.–24.11
12.–15.12
09.–12.01.2019
30.01–02.02.2019 (31 January – defence of the Workplace training)
Occupational qualification examination 11 February 2019

Skills and knowledge you will acquire:

  • Anatomy and physiology of domestic animals
  • Animal care, marking of production animals
  • Working at the reception of a veterinary practice
  • Professional foreign language
  • Working at a reception and conducting diagnostic procedures
  • Conducting treatment procedures
  • Preparing for and assisting during surgeries; monitoring general anaesthetics
  • Conducting laboratory tests

When you graduate, you can take level 4 occupational qualifications examination for a veterinary assistant.

Workplace training:

  • Year I, 12 EVECP, or 8 weeks (small animals)
  • Year II, 12 EVECP, or 8 weeks (large animals)

Possibilities on the job market:

  • Veterinary clinics/practices
  • Shelters
  • Agricultural companies
  • Zoos

Veterinary assistant’s job is to help veterinarian with various manipulations. They will communicate with clients and ensure smooth operation of a veterinary practice by participating productively in teamwork. Their main tasks include conducting diagnostic procedures on animals, animal care, and conducting treatment procedures under the guidance of a veterinarian.

The programme is in a flexible study format (study cycles at school twice a month, taking place on four consecutive days, supplemented by independent study between cycles). Flexible study format is only available for individuals with previous experience in the field or in animal rearing.

The programme takes place at Särevere campus. Workplace training is conducted in the school farm and educational stables, as well as veterinary practices for small domestic animals and shelters.
You must submit a letter of motivation and the description of your work experience along with acceptance documents.

Possibilities for further education:
Agricultural fields of study at the Estonian University of Life Sciences
Study cycles take place at Särevere campus pursuant to the curriculum for veterinary assistants, level 4.
Curriculum is based on professional standard for veterinary assistant, level 4, and veterinary assistant national curriculum.
Operational programme for this field

Contact person:
Ulvi Martin
Study Coordinator for Veterinary Assistants
ulvi[dot]martin[at]jkhk[dot]ee