VETERINARY ASSISTANT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

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 the Verterinary Assistant Course and the Clinical Externship.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent; a clear understanding of written and spoken English; proof of personal health insurance .

 

Verterinary Assistant (includes Modules 1-4)

(Students must pass each module to move on to the next module.)

Module 1: Introduction to the Veterinary Profession

Module 2: Nursing Skills-Part I

Module 3: Nursing Skills-Part II

Module 4: Laboratory Skills

Clinical Externship

Textbook is required and available in the college bookstore.

Instructors: Sherif Gerges, CVT; Patrick Trusdell, CVT; Wilma Abbott, CVT

 

VERTERINARY ASSISTANT

MODULE 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE VETERINARY PROFESSION 

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

MODULE 2: NURSING SKILLS - PART I

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.

MODULE 3: NURSING SKILLS - PART II  

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.

MODULE 4: LABORATORY SKILLS

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 module will also provide you with a chance to review and prepare for the clinical externship.

Cost: $3000

Dates  9/6/22-4/20/23      Sessions: 50  

Time 6:00-9:00pm  

Day TU, TH  NOTES   No class 10/25/22, 10/27/22, 11/24/22, ss 3/2/23, 3/7/23, 3/9/23 Winter Break 12/20/22-1/12/23

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP 

Prerequisite:  Verterinary Assistant course

All students will be required to complete the clinical externship at a pre-approved veterinary setting to earn the Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Students will be required to purchase a uniform for this module and must have proof of personal insurance. This 100-hour externship will be arranged for each student with the veterinary site.

Offered in the Summer
$900

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