Studying to be a veterinary assistant allows you to prepare for a career helping animals under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian or zoological professional. You may assist in surgeries, provide basic care, collect samples, and monitor animals in need of care. To get into this rewarding and fun career, you'll take classes that teach you more about animal handling, animal health and nutrition, surgical assisting, and clinical laboratory procedures. Most students can complete the program in two years. Studying veterinary/animal health technology opens up many career paths. Some veterinary assistants work in veterinary offices, helping care for household pets. However, others may find employment in zoos, nature preserves, or other settings working with more exotic species.