quinebaug valley community college

Veterinary Assistant

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

Students will learn how to care for small animals; recognize signs of illness and disease; handling and restraint of pets; exam room procedures; pharmacy protocols; legal issues; veterinary computer programs; facility maintenance and front office procedures. Students must complete and receive a passing grade on all assignments, quizzes and tests to be allowed to handle live animals in class and to participate in internship hours.

This program is one of the few Vet Assist programs in New England to be endorsed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to sit for the prestigious NAVTA Veterinary Assistant exam and can place the AVA designation after their name. For more information visit: www.navta.net.

This is a fast-paced, 20-week course consists of 150 classroom hours and 100 internship.

Required textbooks/materials:

  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 4th Edition (ISBN 978-0323681452) by Margi Sirois (approximately $110)
  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Workbook, 4th Edition (ISBN 978-0323681636) by Margi Sirois (approximately $40).
  • Navy blue scrubs (top and bottoms) and sip-resistant sneakers are required to be worn during internship hours.

Time Commitment
150 hours over 5 months

Admission Requirements
Students must be at least 16 years old at the start of class and fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to register for this class, no exceptions. Students who are under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign off on a waiver to participate in clinicals. Payment in full is due at time of registration.


  • Instructor: Ashley Cain, CVT, and Sara Jambard, CVT
  • Instructional Method: TRAD(Traditional) – These classes are on ground and at Manchester Community college.
  • Dates: Tuesday and Thursday 1/25/2022-6/09/2022
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Location: Manchester Community College, BSSC L240
  • Registration deadline: 1/18/2022

Click here for registration options, contact us via email , or call 860-932.4005.

Payment Information
• Cost: $2,050
• Textbooks not included
• Eligible for payment plan and tuition assistance

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 CT Department of Labor(Opens new window), the 2020 average hourly wage for Veterinary Assistants in CT was $15.02 per hour.