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NEW JERSEY STATE CERTIFIED ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Class in session. Please check back for upcoming Spring dates.

The Animal Control Officer (ACO) course is approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and is taught by eight of the foremost animal control experts in the State of New Jersey. For seven Saturdays, you will have the opportunity to learn from and build relationships with these animal control experts while learning how to become an exceptional animal control officer.

If you are interested in animal welfare personally or as a profession, this course is for you. If you are employed by, own, or volunteer with a kennel, shelter, or rescue group, this course is for you. If you are interested in our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program, this course would also prove invaluable to you.

Successful completion of this course meets the requirements of

the N.J.A.C 8:23A-2.2 statute for appointment as an ACO by a New Jersey municipality. Additionally, this is the only certified ACO course whose graduates receive certification by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute for Pet First Aid and Incident Command Systems 100 as well as the National Incident Management 700 of the National Wildlife Fire Coordinating Group.

In addition to the classroom component of this course, participants will arrange for and complete a

20 hour field training component in order to receive certification.


ANIMAL CRUELTY INVESTIGATOR

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If you are an animal advocate or are in an animal-related or law enforcement profession which requires that you understand the issue of animal cruelty as well as animal cruelty laws and their enforcement, you are encouraged to attend this course. Like the Animal Control Officer course, this course is also approved by the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services as well as the New Jersey Police Training Commission. Six of New Jersey's leading experts in animal cruelty will be instructing this important course.

Successful completion of this course requires attendance at all classes and is required for appointment as an Animal Cruelty Investigator within municipalities of New Jersey.

Class note: Dress code for this class is business casual. Please bring a lunch as the cafeteria is closed on Saturdays.


To register: (609) 570-3311 or www.mccc.edu/mymercer.


BASIC TRAINING COURSE FOR WILDLIFE REHABILITATION

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This course is designed for individuals interested in becoming licensed wildlife rehabilitators as well as current rehabilitators; shelter employees; animal control officers; nature reserve volunteers; and any person wishing to obtain knowledge about native New Jersey wildlife. Over the course of the five days, students will have the opportunity to be instructed by those integrally involved in wildlife rehabilitation. This course offers information and professional training including history; licensing requirements and regulations; mammal, bird and reptile species identification and anatomy; proper handling, care and nutrition; medical procedures; and much more! Approved by the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife (NJDEP), successful completion of the course will account for 40 hours toward the 200 hour New Jersey apprenticeship licensing requirement. Completion of the course requires attendance at all classes.


VETERINARY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM


This program is designed for those interested in working 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 any veterinary practice and earning a certificate in this area will enhance both your knowledge and efficiency as well as your resume.

The Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program offered by The Center for Continuing Studies of Mercer County Community College has been approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA.) Students who have completed the certificate program will have the knowledge and ability to take NAVTA's national certification examination.

In order to earn the certificate, students must successfully complete all four

modules of the program in sequential order. The modules that comprise this program are:

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE VETERINARY PROFESSION

MODULE 2: NURSING SKILLS

MODULE 3: LABORATORY SKILLS AND IMAGING

MODULE 4: CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

 

MODULES SCHEDULED FOR FALL, 2014:

COHORT I - MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE VETERINARY PROFESSION

Currently in session. Please check back for upcoming Spring dates.

COHORT I - MODULE 2: NURSING SKILLS

October 28 - January 20 , 2014 / 20 sessions / Tuesdays and Thursdays
(class will not meet November 27; December 23, 25 and 30; and January 1)

6:00 - 9:00 pm / Course #NCASC-CS005-01 / $982

COHORT II - MODULE 4: CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP

Course #NCASC-CS007 / $674

This module will provide an introduction to the diagnostic tools used in veterinary practice and the skills necessary to assist the veterinary team. Some common veterinary lab diagnostics will be covered as well as accurate laboratory record keeping. This course provides an opportunity to review and prepare for the clinical externship.

For details regarding each module, please click HERE and to to page 44.

To register: (609) 570-3311 or www.mccc.edu/mymercer.

 

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