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 40 poounds.

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