Veterinary Assistant Program (NAVTA-Endorsed)

The Veterinary Assistant program is on hold; please contact to be included in the email distribution list for updates.


Students must be at least 16 years of age by the start date of class and must have a parent/guardian must sign a liability waiver to participate in the internship.

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, the 2019 average hourly wage for Veterinary Assistants in CT was $17.29 per hour.

Program Description

MCC’s Veterinary Assistant program is one of only three 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 this program and pass the NAVTA exam will receive an MCC certificate and the ability to use the “AVA” designation after their name. For more information visit:

This is a two-semester program that includes 160-hour course hours and a 100 hour internship.  Veterinary Assistant Part One costs $1,100 and Veterinary Assistant Part Two costs $1,100.  This program will prepare students to become a veterinary assistant. 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.

Course Completion

Successful course completion requires attending at minimum 75 hours of classroom instruction, having no more than 3 absences, and obtaining a course grade of 75 or above. Arriving more than 30 minutes late or leaving more than 30 minutes before class ends will count as an absence. On the fourth absence, a student will receive a failing grade for the course and does not meet the classroom hours required to sit for the NAVTA exam.  Students who receive a grade lower than 75 or audit the course, do not meet the prerequisites to register for Part Two.

Qualifying for the NAVTA Exam

To be eligible to sit for the NAVTA Exam, students must complete both Veterinary Assistant Part One and Veterinary Assistant Part Two, earn a course grade of 75 or above in both courses (not averaged), complete100 internship hours, and attend a minimum of 150 hours of class time/instruction. There are no makeup sessions for students who miss class. 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. For more information visit:

Required textbooks/materials for Part One and Two:

  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 3rd Edition (ISBN-13: 978-0323681452) by Margi Sirois (approximately $99) Available for purchase at the MCC Bookstore or many online retailers.
  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Workbook, 3rd Edition (ISBN-13: 978-0323681636) by Margi Sirois (approximately $40). Available for purchase at the MCC Bookstore or many online retailers.
  • Navy blue scrub top and bottoms are required to be worn during internship hours. Available at many online retailers or locally at stores such as The Scrub Wearhouse in Rocky Hill.


Payment in full is due at the time of registration of each course.  This program consists of two courses (Part One in the fall semester and Part Two in the spring semester) each costing $1,100 for a total of $2,200 for the program.

Drops and Refunds

Payment in full at time of registration.  Non-Credit courses do not qualify for financial aid or payment plans. Students will not be dropped for non-payment.  If a student registers for the course but does not pay, they will be billed regardless of whether they attend. Please see the Non-credit Registration page for Refund Policy.

Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses, however some scholarships and/or SNAP Benefit Scholarships may be available.  

More Information

For more information, see the Allied Heath section of the latest non-credit catalog.                                         

Carleigh Schultz
Director of Non-Credit Programs
Continuing Education Division