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Veterinary Assistant


Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent; a clear understanding of written and spoken English; proof of personal health insurance (before registering for Module 4).

This program, approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), is designed for the student interested in pursuing an entry-level career in the field of veterinary medicine. Veterinary assistants serve as integral members of the veterinary team under direct supervision of the veterinarian or veterinary technician. Trained veterinary assistants offer added value to a veterinary practice and a certificate in veterinary assisting will enhance your resume.

Students who have completed this certificate program will have the knowledge and abilities to take NAVTA’s national certification examination.

To earn the certificate, the student must successfully complete all modules of the certificate program in sequential order.

Module 1: Introduction to the Veterinary Profession

Module 2: Nursing Skills-Part I

Module 3: Nursing Skills-Part II

Module 4: Laboratory Skills

Module 5: Clinical Externship

Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.

Instructors: Sherif Gerges, CVT, Patrick Trusdell, CVT; Allie Whartenby, CVT


MODULE 1: Introduction to the Veterinary Profression

This session will provide you with an overview of the profession of veterinary medicine and the role of each member of the veterinary team. You will learn practice management skills including office and hospital procedures and client relations. Other topics include: common canine, feline and equine breeds; medical terminology; pharmacy and pharmacology skills.


3.0 CEU

Cost: $593


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 4

Oct 11

12 Tu, Th 6:00-9:00pm Allie Whartenby


MODULE 2: Nursing Skills - Part I

Prerequisite: Module 1

Learn how to effectively assist veterinarians and veterinary technicians with examinations and surgical procedures. Understand the skills needed to play a role in the treatment and prevention of disease. Other topics include: basic anatomy, restraint, animal husbandry, first aid, and vital signs monitoring.


3.9 CEU

Cost: $642


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Oct 30

Dec 13

13 Tu, Th 6:00-9:00pm

Sherif Gerges

Patrick Trusdell

No class Nov 22


MODULE 4: Laboratory Skills

Prerequisite: Modules 1 and 2

Receive an introduction to the diagnostic tools used in veterinary practice and learn the skills needed to assist the veterinary team. Common veterinary laboratory diagnostics will be covered as well as lab record keeping. This course will also provide you with a chance to review and prepare for the clinical externship.

3.6 CEU

Cost: $593


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Sep 18

Oct 25

12 Tu, Th 6:00-9:00pm

Sherif Gerges

Patrick Trusdell


MODULE 5: Clinical Externship

Prerequisite: Modules 1, 2, 3, and 4

All students will be required to complete the clinical externship at a pre-approved veterinary setting to earn the Veterinary Technician Assistant Certificate. Students will be required to purchase a uniform for this module and must have proof of personal health insurance. This 75-hour externship will be arranged for each student with the veterinary site.

7.5 CEU

Cost: $593


Dates Sessions Day Time Instructor

Nov 27

Feb 27


Allie Whartenby


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