Veterinary Assisting Program (New)

Veterinary Assisting Program

Program Description

The Veterinary Assistant program trains people for a career working as a veterinary assistant. Over the course of one year (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

This program is 1 year in length and consists of 2 semester based courses.

Course #1

Veterinary Assisting I – 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.

PREREQUISITE: 1) Navy Blue Scrub Top and Bottom. 2) Must be physically fit, capable of kneeling to work with larger dogs, and able to lift 40 pounds. 3) Students must provide their own transportation to clinical sites.

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.

Course Schedules

Fall 2021- CRN#

Instructor: Denise Champagne
Dates: TBD

Time: TBD
Room: TBD
Cost: $1,200 (Textbooks not included)
CEUs: 8

Registration Deadline:

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To register for this course, please visit our Workforce Registration Page. You’ll find directions on how to register, along with information about information sessions with Workforce advisors, funding sources for financing your tuition, refund policies, and more.

Prerequisite

  • Successful Completion of Veterinary Assisting I

Veterinary Assisting II – 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: 2/24/21-5/5/21

Time: Wednesdays LIVE WEBEX

Room: LRON and 5 hours Blackboard per week

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

Registration deadline: 2/17/21

REGISTER HERE Please FAX 860-215-9902 or mail; do not scan and email the form back to us as it contains personal information. (SS#, birthdate, etc.).

REFUND POLICY

A  full tuition refund can be made when you withdraw from your course at least 3 working days before the course start date. Once the course has started, refunds are only provided under special circumstances and require a written request to the WCE Office. They are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. A refund is not guaranteed.

Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years of age,
  • High school completion or equivalent (foreign students must provide a notarized English translated transcript).

PLEASE NOTE:  A seat will not be held until all of your documentation and payment is received. Please mail or fax your registration form and payment to the attention of Workforce & Community Education.

Cost: Fees for individual courses plus textbooks.

WIOA AND SNAP Eligible Funding