Veterinary Assistant

Job Description

Veterinary assistants  care for animals in clinics, animal hospitals, zoos and animal shelters. In this course, students will learn how to care for small animals and to recognize signs of illness and disease, handling and restraint of pets, exam room procedures, pharmacy and laboratory skills, radiology and diagnostic imaging, surgical tasks, legal issues, veterinary computer programs, facility maintenance and front office procedures.

Employment Outlook

According to the CT Department of Labor (DOL), the 2016 average hourly wage for Veterinary Assistants is $15.69 per hour.

Admission Requirements

Have you earned college credit?

IF YES: Bring a photo ID and a copy of your transcript and proceed directly to the Registrar’s Office to sign up.

IF NO: You must take a reading comprehension test at no cost.

To take a comprehension test, call 860-512-2826 to set up an appointment to meet with the Program Coordinator of Credit-free Allied Health programs.  Please bring a photo ID and your high school diploma or GED with you. The test is usually given Tuesday through Thursday between the hours of 1-5 p.m. and on Friday’s between 1-4 p.m. (except holidays), until the class fills.

Program Description

MCC’s Veterinary Assistant program is the only college course in New England credentialed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and has received the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation.  All students who successfully complete these courses will receive an MCC certificate.

This is a two-semester, 160-hour course/60 hour internship program that will prepare students for an entry-level position in veterinary health care. During this semester students will participate in 80+ hours of classroom time and a mandatory 30 hour internship. This internship is done outside of the normal classroom hours.

Students must complete both Veterinary Assistant I and Veterinary Assistant II, earn a grade of 75 or above, complete a 60 hour internship and attend at least 150 hours of instruction to be eligible to sit for the NAVTA Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, participants will be entitled to use the designation AVA after their names, and will receive a documenting certificate from NAVTA.

Time Commitment

NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Certificate- Part I (80 Hours)
NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Certificate- Part II (80 Hours)
60 Hour Internship- 30 hours per semester, done outside of classroom time.

Payment Information

NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Certificate- Part I
Course Fee: $899
Textbook/Work Book: approximately $150

NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Certificate- Part II
Course Fee: $899
NAVTA Exam Fee: $100
NAVTA Review Course: $50

Payment in full is due at the time of registration.

Easy Ways to Register 
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(Online registration is not available for this course)

More Information

For more information about upcoming Veterinary Assistant classes, please see the “Allied Heath” section of the latest credit-free catalog.

Manchester Community College
Credit-Free Programs
Michelle Fuhrman, MS
Continuing Education Allied Health Program Coordinator