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Veterinary Assistant

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Program Description

Veterinary Assistants assist in kennel care, assist veterinary technicians during exams of animals and provide support throughout the veterinary office. They are employed at animal shelters, animal emergency centers and veterinary practices.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  Students will be prepared to work in an entry level position in animal care

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary offices are always looking for entry level staff.

Program Length

16-20 weeks

Veterinary Assistant starts twice a year at CCBC Essex beginning in January/February and August/September.

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED

All students must be computer literate and have Internet access. Clinical eligibility is in part dependent upon a criminal background check and random urine drug testing. Cost of the test is the responsibility of the student. Go to http://precheck.com/ for more information.

Students must have the following paperwork turned in to the Coordinator PRIOR to the start of Veterinary Assistant II:

Tetanus shot (less than ten years)

Copy of health insurance card

Copy of high school diploma or GED

Application Process

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

1. Professional Preparation for Health Care Providers: VOB 029

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

2. Veterinary Assistant I: AHE 752

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

3. Veterinary Assistant II: AHE 753

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

4. Veterinary Assistant III: AHE 754

  • Textbook/Materials: Handouts Online

5. Veterinary Assistant IV Clinical: AHE 755

  • Textbook/Materials: None

Program Costs

  • Tuition/Fees: $1197 (Tuition-$625 /Fees-$572)
  • Textbook/Materials: $0.00

Program Contact Information


Lauren Perrera



Essex, HTEC-013

Administrative Assistant:

Maria Buttion



Essex, HTEC-005

Financial Aid and Payment Options

  • Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
  • Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
  • Tuition Waiver for Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
  • Local Office of Workforce Development

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