Veterinary Assisting Program (New)

Veterinary Assisting Program

What is an Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary Assistants are a critical part of the veterinary practice team. From patient care to client education to medical records, veterinary assistants contribute in many important ways.

Program Description

The Veterinary Assistant program trains people for a career working as a veterinary assistant. Over two courses, students will learn veterinary terminology, feline and canine behavior and restraint, husbandry of exotics and pocket pets, exam room procedures, pharmacology and inventory, as well as nursing skills, vaccine protocols, treatment and prevention of internal and external parasites and much more.

This program consists of 2 classes, Veterinary Assisting I and Veterinary Assisting II. The courses are comprised of 160 classroom hours plus 100 internship hours.

Required Courses

In this course, students learn how to learn veterinary terminology, feline and canine behavior and restraint, husbandry of exotics and pocket pets, exam room procedures, pharmacology and inventory, legal issues and ethics, medical records protocols, client communication, safety procedures and front office procedures.

Students participate in 80 hours of classroom time, and a mandatory 30+ hour internship. The internship hours are done at an assigned veterinary practice outside of class hours. Students must complete Veterinary Assistant 1 with a grade of 75 or higher, must attend 30 hours of internship, and complete the internship assignments, turned in on time, to be eligible to take Veterinary Assistant 2. Due to COVID-19, we will waive the internships until January.

Notebook/Binder, Navy Blue scrub top and bottoms are required to be worn during hands-on classes with animals and during clinical internship hours.

Please Note: This course will be utilizing WebEx and Blackboard Learn, an online learning management tool.  Please contact the IT Department at (860) 215-9049 to arrange to activate your account or if you have difficulties logging on prior to your first class.

To assist in the instruction of this course, students will be given a new stuffed cat and stuffed dog that they will be able to pick up at the college. Distribution will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays beginning August 5, 2020,  between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please call (860) 215-9246 to schedule a time to pick them up from security.

Course Schedules

Fall 2020- CRN#33722

Instructor: Denise Champagne
Dates: Wednesdays, 9/9/20 – 11/18/20
– This course will be fully online using live WebEx from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for two hours and the rest of the 5 hours will be using Blackboard Learn (Bb)

Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Live on Wednesdays using WebEx and 5 additional hours per week using Bb for a total of 7 hours per week.
Room: Online
Cost: $1,200 (Textbooks not included)
CEUs: 8

Registration Deadline: 9/1/20

Students participate in 80 hours of classroom time and a mandatory 30 or more internship hours with an additional 40 internship hours after classroom hours and finals are completed.

This course will begin with a review of some of the topics learned in Veterinary Assistant 1. Students will gain an understanding of a variety of common diseases and medical conditions seen in clinical practice. Students will also learn nursing skills, such as taking vitals, bandage application, and ear/eye medicine administration, vaccine protocols, treatment and prevention of internal and external parasites. Hospitalized patient care including cleaning, feeding, walking, fluid therapy, and pain management, as well as the importance of team work in veterinary practice will be discussed. Finally, students will learn about the assistant’s role in surgical procedures including; patient prep and recovery, surgical room conduct, and surgical instrument and supply care.

Please Note:  It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration.  A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment are received. This course will be taught online using WebEx and Blackboard Learn (Bb).

Course Schedules

SPRING 2021

Instructor: Denise Champagne, CVT

Dates: TBD

Time: TBD

Room: TBD

Cost: $1,200 (Same book used in Veterinary Assisting I)

Registration deadline: TBD

Learn how to register.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years of age,
  • Provide proof of high school completion or equivalent (foreign students must provide a notarized English translated transcript).
  • Prior to submitting your registration you must successfully complete our in-house Math and English Comprehension test. The in-house testing arrangements must be made prior to submitting your registration and payment. Waiver for the testing will be considered for those who provide proof of prior college-level courses.
  • To make an appointment for a Wednesday entrance exam from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., please sign up as follows:
    1. Log onto www.timecenter.com/trcc
    2. Click on Workforce Test
    3. Complete the requested information. When asked for a Student ID number, please notate “non-credit” and the type of test you are taking (for example, CNA).  You will receive a confirmation text or email of this scheduled appointment.

    Note: Please arrive on time for your scheduled appointment (Room A117).  There is no food or drink allowed in the Testing Center. There is no use of cell phones, headphones, notes, etc., during testing.  Students must present a picture ID in order to enter the Testing Center for their appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: It is mandatory that you provide all necessary forms with your registration. A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment is received. Please do not mail in your registration form and payment.  You can fax it or mail it to the attention of Workforce & Community Education.

Cost: Fees for individual courses plus textbooks.

Learn how to register.

Download the Brochure.

WIOA Eligible

WIOA is a voluntary work program. Participants must be able to work upon completion of the program.