This 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 top. 4) Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites. 5) Students must 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)