Veterinary Assistant Program (NAVTA-Endorsed)

Registration is open for the Spring 2022 Veterinary Assistant course.
Register online now.

Course Dates: 1/25-6/9 | 20-weeks; 40 class sessions plus 100-hour internship
CRN 10960 | Fee: $2,050 | Schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-9:30 PM
Instructors: Ashley Cain, CVT, and Sara Jambard, CVT


Students must be at least 16 years old at the start of class and fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to register for this class, no exceptions. Students who are under 18 years old must have a parent/guardian sign off on a waiver to participate in clinicals. Payment in full is due at time of registration.

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 2020 average hourly wage for Veterinary Assistants in CT was $15.02 per hour.

Program Description

MCC is pleased to announce our newly revised NAVTA endorsed 20-Week Accelerated Veterinary Assistant Program! This program is one of the few VA programs in New England to be endorsed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Students who successfully complete this course are eligible to sit for the prestigious NAVTA Veterinary Assistant exam and can place the AVA designation after their name. For more information visit:

This is a fast-paced, 20-week course consists of 150 classroom hours and 100 internship hours at one of MCC’s many partnering veterinary offices in Hartford County and beyond.

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 and Qualifying for the NAVTA Exam

To successfully complete this course and be eligible to sit for the NAVTA exam, students must earn a grade of 75 or above, complete a 100-hour internship and must attend at least 150 hours of class instruction.

Students cannot miss more than three classes. 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.

Upon successful completion of the NATVA exam, participants will be entitled to use the designation AVA after their names and will receive a documenting certificate from NAVTA and a certificate of course completion from MCC.

Required textbooks/materials:

  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Textbook, 4th Edition (ISBN 978-0323681452) by Margi Sirois (approximately $110) Available for purchase at the MCC Bookstore or many online retailers.
  • Elsevier’s Veterinary Assisting Workbook, 4th Edition (ISBN 978-0323681636) by Margi Sirois (approximately $40). Available for purchase at the MCC Bookstore or many online retailers.
  • Navy blue scrubs (top and bottoms) and sip-resistant sneakers 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.
  • Students are required to get a free MCC student photo ID.


Payment in full is due at the time of registration. 

Drops and Refunds

Payment is due 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 the refund policy.

Financial aid is not available for non-credit courses, however some need-based 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