Veterinary Assistant

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 involves 4 hours of weekly lectures and 4 hours of weekly clinical/internship experience where students complete routine tasks and specialized procedures done in the veterinary hospital. Internships provide each student with an individualized experience working in a 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.

PREREQUISITE: 1) English language competency. 2) Gray scrub top and pants. 3) Health form required. Must be physically fit, capable of kneeling to work with larger dogs, and able to lift 40 pounds. 4) Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: 94 hours theory + 56 hours clinical = 150 program hours. Earn 15 CEUs.


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  – 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. 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

Upcoming Courses

Intro to Veterinary Assisting | CRN: 3410 | Fee: $49 | 8/30 – 9/3 | Online | Instructor: Jocelyn Otte

Veterinary Assistant | CRN: 3411 | Fee: $2,000 | 9/7 – 12/17 | Online | Instructors: Jocelyn Otte/Mike Lavoie

Choose from 1 of the 2 clinicals below:

Veterinary Assistant Clinical I | CRN: 3412 | 9/11 – 12/18 | Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (No class Thanksgiving Weekend 11/27) | Location: Pieper Veterinary | Instructors: Jocelyn Otte/Mike Lavoie

Veterinary Assistant Clinical II | CRN: 3413 | 9/11 – 12/18 | Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (No class Thanksgiving Weekend 11/27) | Location: Pieper Veterinary | Instructors: Jessica Hawley, Janice Sina

Instructions for Making Payments Online

Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to make payments online. These instructions work for both credit and non-credit (continuing education) courses.

Refund Policy

A  full tuition refund can be made when you withdraw from your course at least 3 working days before the course start date. Once the course has started, refunds are only provided under special circumstances and require a written request to the Continuing Education Office. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A refund is not guaranteed.

  •  Female Vet Assistant in blue scrubs squats down to hug grey and black dog
  • smiling female vet assistant plays with dog who's lying on back and smiling at camera 
  • Dog being treated by veterinary assistant students 
  • Dog being treated by veterinary assistant students
  • Dog being bathed by veterinary assistant student
  • Dog being treated by veterinary assistant students

$24,000 to $32,000

Amount you’ll earn*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics


Michelle Fuhrman

Director of Non-Credit Programs
Phone: 860-343-5716
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Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 414

Juliann Holzer

Continuing Education Aide
Phone: 860-343-5784
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Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 414

Kelly Kline

Continuing Education Coordinator for Allied Health Programs
Phone: 860-343-5713
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Office Location: Snow Hall, Room 514