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.
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
Baltimore County College Promise
Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Maryland Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development
Students may apply for a career training scholarship through Central Scholarship (http://www.central-scholarship.org/)
Veterinary Assistant starts three times a year at CCBC Essex beginning in January/February, June, September.
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. More information will provided in Veterinary Assistant II.
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 IV:
- Tetanus shot (less than ten years)
- Copy of health insurance card
Prior Learning Assessment
This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.
To apply, go to www.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
(approximate cost; subject to change)
Veterinary Assistant I
Veterinary Assistant II
Veterinary Assistant III
Veterinary Assistant IV Clinical
Course Series Totals:
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.
Veterinary offices are always looking for entry level staff. Students are often hired at the site where they complete their clinical hours.
Students who complete the Veterinary Assistant Program (AHE752, AHE753, AHE754, AHE755) will be eligible to sit for the final exam for VETT 106 to receive credit in the Veterinary Technology program and will receive additional points on their application when applying for the Veterinary Technician Program at CCBC.
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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:
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
- 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).