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Certificate - Veterinary Assistant Overview

The next training cohort begins September 2021.


Veterinary assistants support veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a small animal hospital environment. Their duties may include providing customer service, processing lab specimens, prepping animals for surgery, monitoring medications and radiology logs, setting up and tearing down surgical suites, autoclaving instruments and communicating effectively between the vet and the pet owner. Most veterinarian practices operate under normal business hours, but some are open weekends and require overnight hours.

Carroll Community College's Veterinary Assistant Training program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).  

Occupational Requirements


Information Unique to the Training 

You must be at least age 18 and have a high school diploma or GED®. Reading and math assessments are required prior to registration. This course includes a clinical practicum component that is completed outside of classroom hours and may require a daytime and/or evening schedule. Courses must be completed consecutively.

Advisory Boards

Our curriculum is designed and continuously reviewed by an advisory board of industry experts and business leaders, ensuring the program meets all current skill and knowledge requirements. You can visit our Advisory Boards page to see the list of Business and Accounting Advisory Board members, as well as advisory board members for our other programs.

Courses to Complete

  • Prerequisites 
  • Core Courses 
     VOC-336 Preparation for the Veterinary Assistant Training Course Series
     VOC-691 Veterinary Assistant Training I: Outpatient Care, Diagnostics and Pharmacy
     VOC-692 Veterinary Assistant Training II: Patient Care, Surgery, Anesthesia and Emergency Care
     VOC-430 Veterinary Assistant Training III: Clinic Externship

View current course offerings.  Not all courses are offered in every schedule.

Approximate Number of Hours

250 hours

Approximate Training Cost*


Licensure/Certification Earned

Students are eligible to sit for the National Veterinary Assistant exam and become an AVA (Approved Veterinary Assistant).  


Estimated Hourly Wage**


 *Unless noted, cost does not include any required textbooks, applicable licensing fees, background check fees, testing fees, etc.
**Wages are based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are estimates only.