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Veterinary Assistant - Individuals with Disabilities

Program Description

This one semester program prepares students to assist with 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.

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

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. build upon skills and knowledge from the Professional Animal Workers (PAWS) program for a more advanced position in the animal care industry.

Program Credentials

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

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Length of Training

​16 weeks (daytime classes)

Courses start in January/February and August at CCBC Essex.

Program Requirements

Minimum 8th Grade Reading Level and 5th Grade Math Level - according to an assessment administered during an intake interview

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

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum.  A maximum of 42 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Application Process

Application Process:

Selective Entry – Call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment. 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.

Program Course Sequence

Course Number

Course Title


Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Practical Skills for the Veterinary Assistant






Introduction to Veterinary Assisting






Veterinary Assisting I






Veterinary Assisting II






Biology and Disease for Veterinary Assistants





Course Series Totals:







Additional Information

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

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary assistant and entry-level staff at veterinary offices and other animal care related businesses.

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Contact Information

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Cabana | jcabana@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 104