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Veterinary Assistant Training

The Veterinary Assistant Training consists of four courses. Students will not be given certificates of completion for individual courses. A certificate of completion of the training will be given upon successful completion of all four courses and a final project presented the last night of class during the completion ceremonies.

Course 1: Terminology for Veterinary Assistants

This course introduces and reviews veterinary terminology and vocabulary.

Course 2: Veterinary Assistant Training Principles Part I

Section I: Outpatient Care

Topics include an overview of the veterinary profession, office procedures, client relations and exam room procedures. Pre-requisite: Terminology for Veterinary Assistant.

Section 2: Diagnostic and Pharmacy

Topics include laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology.

Course 3: Veterinary Assistant Training Practices

This course consists of 50 hours of combined training including hands-on classroom training, field trips, clinical visits, Humane Society volunteer work and clinical observations. Students must be available some mornings and have a flexible schedule to attend training and field trips as arranged.

Course 4:  Veterinary Assistant Training Principles Part II

Section 3: Patient Care and Treatment

Topics included patient care and clinical procedures.

Section 4: Anesthesia, Surgery and Emergency Care

Topics include anesthesia, surgery, emergency medicine and care, and animal CPR.

Portions of this training are licensed by The Institute for Veterinary Training at Carroll Community College. This training also uses the Animal Care Training, Inc. video training series.

Veterinary Assistant Training prepares students to work in the animal care field. As a trained assistant, you will be involved in supporting veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a variety of inpatient and outpatient activities from the care and feeding of animals to medical treatment within the scope of the law.

  • Students must be 18 prior to the beginning of the Veterinary Assistant Training Practices course.
  • Students must be a high school graduate or GED certified prior to July of the program year.
  • Students will be required to take a final examination for each course and the grade will be posted on the certificate of completion. Students will not be allowed to continue into the next course unless they score at least 70% or better on the current course final examination.
  • Students must attend 85% of the classroom hours for each course to receive a certificate of completion.
  • Students must pass an animal handling competency exam before being allowed to enter the course Veterinary Assistant Training Practices. This exam requires enough physical strength to lift a 40lb bag onto a table 3 feet high and to be able to restrain a difficult or challenging animal of any size and species. Testing will require demonstration of proper restraint techniques for canines and felines.

Veterinary assistant students are required to attend all classes. To register for the certificate program, students need to take the Accuplacer Math and English placement tests. To be accepted into the program, students must place into MAT 100 and ENG 099 or higher. (Note: Students do not have to take the MAT 100 or ENG 099 courses, but must receive a score indicating that they qualify for both courses.) If students received a “C” or higher in a college-level Math and English class, then they are exempt from taking the Accuplacer placement tests.

Veterinary Assistant Training uses live animals for teaching purposes. Hagerstown Community College takes all necessary safety precautions when students interact with live animals, however, students must be aware that live animals by nature may not be absolutely controlled. Therefore, a potential exists for students to be bitten, scratched, or injured by an animal while participating in this training. Hagerstown Community College makes no representation concerning any animal’s exposure to rabies or other diseases. If a student is bitten during the course of the program, the student agrees to pay the cost of the rabies treatment and any other medical treatment required. Hagerstown Community College does not provide medical insurance or workman’s compensation for any injury suffered while participating in this training.