Veterinary Assistant

60-hour certificate program
In response to workforce training requests from veterinary practices, we created this certificate 60-hour program of instruction. Over two 30-hour courses you will be introduced to the role of the veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice. *Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Course Requirement: All students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

What is a Veterinary Assistant?
The veterinary assistant supports the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. The assistant may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and handling of animals, feed and exercise the animals, and spend time on clerical duties. There is no credentialing exam for the veterinary assistant. The ability to follow directions, listen and communicate efficiently, and handle multiple assignments are skills that a veterinary assistant should demonstrate. The essential skills you will learn in this program will help you keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices!

Our program will teach you how to:

  • Interact with animals and their owners.
  • Obtain animal health histories and records.
  • Understand veterinary medical terminology.
  • Recognize the major breeds of various animals.
  • Assist the veterinarian with caring for animals.
  • Assist with surgical and treatment procedures. 
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of illness and  disease.
  • Perform administrative duties in the  veterinarians office.

Course Descriptions:

Veterinary Assistant I
This course is the first of a two-course certificate program. Learn invaluable veterinary hospital and office procedures and the skills needed to succeed as a Veterinary Assistant! From professional conduct, laws and effects on policy and procedures to front office and exam room procedures and administrative duties, you will also learn restraint, safety concerns and basic procedures for small animals.

Veterinary Assistant II
In this second course, you will learn the legal issues regarding pharmacy and pharmacology, laboratory and surgical preparation procedures as well as introduction of Radiology and Ultrasound imaging equipment. Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Listed below are details for our summer and fall programs:

Plymouth 

Veterinary Assistant, Part IVeterinary Assistant, Part II
Office and Hospital ProceduresPharmacy, Lab, and Surgical Procedures Preparation
CRN: 31157 / Course: CSBU052 P3
Dates: May 24 - June 28, 2017
Day: Wednesdays
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 6/3 & 6/17 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
South Shore Community Action Council
71 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA
Cost: $227.00, plus textbook
Click here to register!CRN: 40891 / Course: CSBU053 PW
Dates: July 12 - August 16, 2017
Day: Wednesdays
6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 7/22 & 8/5 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
South Shore Community Action Council
71 Obery Street, Plymouth, MA
Cost: $227.00


Brockton 

Veterinary Assistant, Part IVeterinary Assistant, Part II
Office and Hospital ProceduresPharmacy, Lab, and Surgical
Procedures Preparation
CRN: 31177 / Course: CSBU052 B2
Dates: May 23 - June 27, 2017
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 6/3 & 6/17 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $227.00, plus textbook
Click here to register!CRN: 40918 / Course: CSBU053 BT
Dates: July 11 - August 15, 2017
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 7/22 & 8/5 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $227.00


Certificate of Completion

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of both courses.

About our Instructor:
Andrea Gouthro has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Veterinary Science from the University of Rhode Island and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. With over 20 years of experience in animal care, she was most recently the Assistant Director of Community and Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. In addition to 15 years of Veterinary Technician experience, she possesses vast experience and knowledge in the areas of domestic animal behavior, veterinary technology, pet rescue and adoptions, public animal humane education, and animal welfare fundraising.

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation Information
You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For additional information about the Veterinary Assistant certificate program please call us at 508-588-9100 x1509.

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