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Catalog 2019-2020 
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Veterinary Assistant - Individuals with Disabilities

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Program Description

This one semester program prepares students to assist in kennel care, and to 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.

This career and academic track is designed for students with learning differences and disabilities that impact learning. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning.

Program Outcomes

Successful Completion:
CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

Baltimore County College Promise
Maryland Community College Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Baltimore County College Promise
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship (pending approval Fall 2019)
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

16 weeks (daytime classes)

Courses start two times a year at CCBC Essex in January/February and August.

Program Requirements

Minimum 8th grade reading level and 5th grade math level according to the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education); assessment will be administered during an intake interview.

Prerequisite: successful completion of the Single Step Professional Animals Workers program. Internships may require a criminal background check and urinalysis (additional fee).

Application Process

Application Process:

Selective Entry – Call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment.  To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number




Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



CHA 208

Practical Skills for the Veterinary Assistant





CHA 209

Introduction to Veterinary Assisting





CHA 210

Veterinary Assisting I





CHA 211

Veterinary Assisting II






Biology and Disease for Veterinary Assistants





Course Series Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
Students are responsible for the cost of a criminal background check and urinalysis, if an optional internship is elected.

Career Opportunities:
​Veterinary offices and other animal care related businesses are always looking for entry level staff.

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Contact Information

Coordinator: Trish Alvey | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 109

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Cabana | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 104

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