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.
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.
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.
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 Blackboard Learn, an online learning management tool. Please make sure that you are able to log into the computers on campus with your banner id and password. 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.
Spring 2020- CRN#14232
Instructor: Denise Champagne
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3/23/20 – 6/10/20 (No Class 5/25/20)
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $1,200 (Textbooks not included)
Registration Deadline: 3/16/20
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.
Instructor: Denise Champagne, CVT
Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7/20/20 – 10/7/20
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $1,200 (Same book used in Veterinary Assisting I)
Registration deadline: TBD
- 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 an entrance exam, please sign up as follows:
- Log onto www.timecenter.com/trcc
- Click on Make-up, Special Accommodation, & Workforce Test
- Click on date and time of your choosing
- 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.
Cost: Fees for individual courses plus textbooks.
WIOA is a voluntary work program. Participants must be able to work upon completion of the program.