This 100-hour comprehensive course covers the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the care of animals and an understanding of the clerical/accounting duties essential to maintain an efficient and competent front office. This Veterinary Assistant program provides students an opportunity to obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in an entry-level position as a veterinary assistant. Certification is available through NWCA Veterinary Assistant Certification (VET).
Course Content includes:
• Office and Hospital Procedures
• Communication and Client Relations
• Pharmacy and Pharmacology ~ Medical Terminology
• Examination Room Procedures
• Animal Care & Nursing
• Surgical Preparation and Assisting
• Laboratory Procedures
• Diagnostic Imaging
In addition, the course will provide the opportunity for the student to become “Pet First Aid/ CPR Certified” and obtain certification for “Certified Weight Coach” through Purina Veterinary Diets and complete a 50-hour externship to gain real world experience.
Upon completion of the program students are eligible to become certified through MedCA visit www.medca.us (WCCC student testing fee discount available).
Career Pathway Opportunities
WCCC in partnership with St. Petersburg College, Florida provides students with the opportunity to earn their AS Degree in Veterinary Technology (Veterinary Technician) online distance program. WCCC students completing the Veterinary Assistant Program with a “B” or better are eligible to earn “Free Credit” for two of the required courses in the degree program.
According to the Occupational Handbook, the demand for professional veterinary assistants has a 10% growth rate (as fast as average) from 2014 – 2024. Places of employment include veterinary facilities, animal hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, animal shelters, and animal laboratories.
Course Number: JOB622A0
Dates: October 5, 2021 – January 21, 2022
Registration Deadline: September 28, 2021
Times: Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:30 pm to 5 pm, Room P105
Cost: $1,899 includes all textbooks and materials
Educational Requirements: High School Diploma/HSE, 18 years of age or older, strong basic math skills, clear understanding of written and spoken English, and a love of animals.
Funding may be available for those that are eligible. Contact our office to initiate eligibility.
For additional information call (908) 689-7613