Turn your love of animals into a rewarding career.

If working with pets is the pawfect job for you, look no further. Our classes and training programs groom you for success as a veterinary assistant, dog groomer, pet sitter, animal caregiver, dog walker, or pet parent. We even have classes in Backyard Beekeeping and Backyard Chicken Basics, to get you started in an earth-friendly venture.

Dog Groomer

Take the first step to becoming a professional dog groomer by learning the art from a Certified Master Groomer in a working grooming shop. With our new two-course program, students will learn the skills needed to become a bather at a pet grooming facility. A grooming assistant or bather is an entry-level position in this field. Careers in the dog grooming industry are expected to grow about 11% over the next 5 years according to Occupational Outlook. Learn proper coat care, nail trimming, and filing as well as different haircuts our furry friends receive. Being a dog groomer is more than just making dogs look cute, it keeps them healthy. …and yes, we do get to play with some really cute puppies sometimes!

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary medical team. Working with veterinarians and veterinarian technicians, they help provide medical care to sick and injured animals. This Digital Badge program can help you enter the field or advance your career if you already work as a veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker in a private practice, animal shelter or animal control facility. Topics covered include communicating effectively with clients and co-workers in the clinic setting, ethics in veterinary medicine, basic animal handling, critical thinking when dealing with animals, veterinary clerical responsibilities, diagnostics, pharmacy, patient treatment, and an overview of surgery, anesthesia and emergency care. Click here to learn more about this program and its requirements.

Harper College is proud to be one of a handful of schools approved by The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). As a graduate from the Harper program, you will be eligible to take the national Approved Veterinary Assistant test to gain the AVA designation and be recognized for your educational accomplishment.

Planning to continue your education to become a Vet Tech? Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Medical Technology Programs accepts Harper College’s Veterinary Assistant program in place of the 100 hours of veterinary experience needed as part of their admissions.

RSVP for a Veterinary Assistant information session to learn more about our program.

  • Tuesday, October 16, 6-7 p.m.

Learning and Career Center (LCC), 1375 Wolf Rd, Prospect Heights

Backyard Beekeeping and Backyard Chicken Basics

Interested in a sustainable side business that involves ecologically sound practices? Register for one of our new Cottage Industry classes and learn how you can get started in a fun and potentially profitable hobby. Learn how to raise bees or chickens and make natural products for yourself or to sell, while helping the planet.