A Veterinary Assistant holds a puppy in a veterinary hospitalThis program is offered in Partnership with the Connecticut Valley Veterinary Associates. Do you love working with animals? Are you looking for employment in the animal-care industry? The Veterinary Assistant training program is a great way to begin your career in the animal field. The Introduction to Veterinary Assisting course provides students with the opportunity to determine if this is the right career path for them. Following the Introduction course, this program dives deeper into the animal-care field focusing on the care of small animals, large animals, and exotic pets in the veterinary profession. This 20-week program, consisting of Veterinary Assisting I and II courses, involves 4 hours of weekly lectures and 4 hours of weekly clinical experience where students will complete basic tasks and specialized procedures done in the veterinary hospital. Click this link to view our primary clinical training site, Pieper Memorial Veterinary Center. This program follows the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) Guidelines for Veterinary Assistant Programs and can be stepping stone to a Veterinary Technician Certification Program or an entry-level position at a veterinary facility.

Introduction to Veterinary Assisting – Understand the role of the Veterinary Assistant as a member of the animal health care team. Get a behind the scenes tour of a veterinary hospital and learn the basics of animal behavior and restraint.

Veterinary Assistant I – Students will learn to work safely with small animals, large animals and exotic animals. Restraints, physical care and nursing procedures will be taught in lecture and at clinical sites. Students will learn clinical skills including taking vital signs and weights, trimming nails, administering medications and reconstituting vaccines. Prerequisites: 1) Introduction to Veterinary Assisting Course. This requirement may be waived with written recommendation from veterinary employer or high school animal science teacher. 2) English language competency. 3) Grey scrub pants and top. 4) Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites. 5) Health Form required. 6) Students must be have full use of extremities in order to restrain animals and be able to lift 50 pounds.

Veterinary Assistant II – The role of the veterinary assistant during specialized procedures including laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, and surgery will be covered. In addition office and ethical procedures will be covered. Upon completion of the course students will receive a Certificate in Veterinary Assisting. Prerequisite: Veterinary Assistant I

Spring 2015 Classes:

2027    Veterinary Assistant II    $899    5/27 – 8/3    M, W    7-9pm    Wheaton 204

Choose a clinical:

2028    Vet. Assistant II Clinical Section 1   5/29 – 7/31  (No class 7/3)  F    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary

2029    Vet. Assistant II Clinical  Section 2   5/29 – 7/31 ( No class 7/3)    F    4pm-8pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary

2030    Vet. Assistant II Clinical Section 3    5/30 – 8/1 (No class 7/4)   S    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary


Fall 2015 Classes:

3485    Intro to Vet. Assisting    $49    8/31, 9/1, 9/2    M, T, W    7-9pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Lavoie, Otte

3487    Veterinary Assistant I    $899    9/14 – 11/18    M, W    7-9pm    Snow 514    Lavoie, Otte

Choose a clinical:

3488    Clinical Section 1    –    9/18 – 11/13    F    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Otte

3489    Clinical Section 2    –    9/18 – 11/13    F    4pm-8pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Lavoie

3490    Clinical Section 3    –    9/19 – 11/14    S    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Otte


3491    Veterinary Assistant II    $899    11/30 – 2/22;     M, W    7-9pm    Snow 514    Lavoie, Otte (No class 12/23 – 12/30, 1/8, 2/15)

Choose a clinical:

3492    Clinical Section 1    –    12/4 – 2/5;     F    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Otte (No class 12/25,  1/1)

3493    Clinical Section 2    –    12/4 – 2/5;     F    4pm-8pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Lavoie (No class 12/25, 1/1)

3494    Clinical Section 3    –    12/5 – 2/6;     S    8am-12pm    Pieper Memorial Veterinary    Otte (No class 12/26, 1/2)