quinebaug valley community college

Veterinary Assistant

Upcoming Classes

Next offering: Fall 2021


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Veterinary Assisting is a rewarding career in a growing field. Veterinary assistants support licensed veterinarians and veterinary technicians in providing health care to animals in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories and zoos. Tasks are varied and include cleaning and maintaining holding areas and equipment; restraining and handling pets; preparing and sanitizing surgery suites; feeding, exercising and grooming; and clerical and administrative work. The job also requires lifting and holding animals, some office skills, clinical procedures, and record keeping.

Program Description

This program prepares students to assist veterinarians in all aspects of animal care. Students must complete the following sequential courses:

• Foundations of Veterinary Assisting
• Diagnostics and Treatment
• Surgical and Dental Procedures.

Ninety (90) hours of clinical rotations with hands-on training with local veterinarians and/or veterinary technicians completes the program. The training can be completed in less than one year.

This program is not the same as a veterinary technician program. A veterinary technician requires a two-year degree and national certification exam.

Time Commitment
222 hours over 7 months

Admission Requirements
• Provide a high school diploma or GED at the time of registration
• Receive a score of 229 or greater on the reading portion of the Basic Skills
Assessment (BSA) and submit results at the time of registration

Payment Information
• Cost: $1,799
• Includes all textbooks and materials
• Textbooks will be distributed at the first class
• Eligible for payment plan and tuition assistance
• May be eligible for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds

Completion of program does not guarantee employment.

Refund Policy
A 100% refund will be granted up until five (5) business days before the start of your class as long as the request is made during normal business hours.

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of veterinary assistants is expected to grow 9% from 2014-2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Connecticut is one of the top five paying states for veterinary assistants. The average hourly wage in CT is $15.39, with an average annual salary of $32,010.00.