Veterinary Assistant

vetVeterinary assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. This 190 hour (approximately 10 months) program prepares students to assist the veterinarian in all aspects of animal care. Veterinary assistants provide surgical and nursing care to animals in clinics, as well as field settings. They also provide basic care, perform laboratory procedures, and assist in the veterinary clinic with other functions. Veterinary assistants work in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee employment. Admission Requirements: High school diploma or GED and score at least 65 on the reading portion of the Basic Skills Assessment. The Veterinary Assistant program is NOT the same as a veterinary technician program. A veterinary technician requires a 2 year degree and national certification exam.

Vet assistant students will complete the following sequential courses, pass a comprehensive final exam, and successfully complete clinical rotations:

Course 1: Foundations of Veterinary Assisting
Course 2: Diagnostics and Treatment
Course 3: Surgical and Dental Procedures
Clinical Rotations – 30 hours of hands-on training with local veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians

Duration:  162 hours
Location: Danielson
  $1,799 (textbook is included in the price of the course)
Schedule:  Please check back for Spring 2015 dates.

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Paula Daly '13 & Shannon Nicola '12
Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital

Paula Daly '13
I have always had a strong passion for animals. I grew up caring for animals of all
sorts, and I always considered myself to have a pretty basic understanding of animal care.
I knew, however, that I would need to learn a lot more in order to work in the veterinary field, that is when I decided to enroll in the Vet Assistant program at QVCC. The course really helped me to get a more well rounded idea of what employment at a veterinary clinic would be like. I learned a lot of medical terminology, which was probably the biggest help for me. I really liked that the Vet Assistant course enables you to get hands on experience in a veterinary clinic. You can sit in classroom for endless hours, taking notes and studying, but that doesn’t compare to the knowledge you gain from just a few hours of hands on experience in the work environment. I started my clinical hours, and got a job at the clinic before I even finished the Vet Assistant course. For me, taking the Vet Assistant program at QVCC was the best possible decision I could have made to further my knowledge in Veterinary Medicine.

Shannon Nicola '12
I have always had a love and passion for animals and being in other career fields made me realize my heart is in the veterinary field. I did not grow up on a farm or have a lot of hands on experience with different animals other than my own, of whom thankfully were never very sick. Taking the Vet Assistant course at QVCC helped me tremendously by giving me the background knowledge on medical terminology, medications and the process of which everything in an office visit, surgery, and recovery happens. It has taught me a lot about common health problems and diseases that I did not know anything about before. I truly believe the small investment in the course is well worth it for the education you receive. The clinical hours give you the hands on experience as well as the lab days in the classroom. Your future is what you put into it and I am very happy I took the Vet Assistant course!

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