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

Financial Aid and Payment Options

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
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

16-20 weeks

Veterinary Assistant starts three times a year at CCBC Essex beginning in January/February, June, September.

Program Requirements

Must be 18 years or older, computer literate; and 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.

A High School Diploma or GED is NOT required for program entry but may be required for employment.

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

  • Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
  • Copy of health insurance card

Application Process

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply 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.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours



Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

AHE 752

Veterinary Assistant I




Handouts online

AHE 753

Veterinary Assistant II




Handouts online

AHE 754

Veterinary Assistant III




Handouts online

AHE 755

Veterinary Assistant IV Clinical





Course Series Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Expenses
Students are responsible for the cost of medical expenses, background checks, uniforms and other miscellaneous expenses totaling approximately $300.

Skills for Success:
See Technical Standards at the end of this document.

Career Opportunities:
Veterinary offices are always looking for entry level staff.  Students are often hired at the site where they complete their clinical hours.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Lauren Perrera | lperrera@ccbcmd.edu |443-840-1160 |Essex | HTEC | 013

Administrative Assistant: Maria Buttion | mbuttion@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-1866 | Essex | HTEC | 005

Technical Standards

Technical Standards for CCBC’s Veterinary Assistant Training Program

The primary goal of The Community College of Baltimore County’s Veterinary Assistants training program is to prepare individuals interested in working with animals in an entry-level position in animal shelters, animal emergency centers and veterinary practices.  The duties of a Veterinary Assistant require the ability to routinely lift animals and sustain long hours of active work. They need to clean and disinfect cages and work areas, and sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment.  Assistants may provide routine post-operative care, and administer medication orally or topically, or prepare samples for laboratory examination under the supervision of veterinary or laboratory animal technologists or technicians or veterinarians.

Following is a partial listing of the types of skills typically required for adequate job performance:

Physical Requirements:

A. Sufficient strength and mobility to:

  • Lift or move animals up to 50 pounds or more
  • Ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body continuously over time without giving out

B. Fine motor coordination sufficient to perform precise tasks such as:

  • Ability to make precise movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
  • Ability to keep your arm and hand steady
  • Ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs

C. Adequate vision to:

  • See details at a distance

D. Sufficient hearing to:

  • Hear and give verbal instructions in person under noisy conditions
  • Identify and understand the speech of another person

Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism:

A. Have the ability to:

  • Develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintain them over time
  • Provide customer and personal services, including the ability to perform customer needs assessment, meet quality matters standards, and evaluate customer satisfaction
  • Maintain proper certifications required to perform the duties of the profession

B. Sufficient communication skills to:

  • Provide information to supervisors, coworkers, and subordinates by telephone, written form, email, and in person
  • Communicating with people outside of the organization and representing the organization to customers
  • Communicate in a calm and professional manner

Intellectual Ability and Emotional Stability To:

  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Exercise independent judgment to properly perform tasks at hand
  • Work calmly and efficiently in a fast-paced, stressful environment
  • Maintain calm during emergency situations

Environment Requirements:

  • Working in an environment that is often noisy
  • Working in an often times stressful and fast paced environment
  • Working in an environment with unpleasant odors (feces).

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