Veterinary Assistant

60-hour certificate program

In response to workforce training requests from veterinary practices, we created this certificate 60-hour program of instruction. Over two 30-hour courses you will be introduced to the role of the veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice. *Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Course Requirement: All students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

What is a Veterinary Assistant?

The veterinary assistant supports the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. The assistant may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and handling of animals, feed and exercise the animals, and spend time on clerical duties. There is no credentialing exam for the veterinary assistant. The ability to follow directions, listen and communicate efficiently, and handle multiple assignments are skills that a veterinary assistant should demonstrate. The essential skills you will learn in this program will help you keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices!

Our program will teach you how to:

  • Interact with animals and their owners.
  • Obtain animal health histories and records.
  • Understand veterinary medical terminology.
  • Recognize the major breeds of various animals.
  • Assist the veterinarian with caring for animals.
  • Assist with surgical and treatment procedures. 
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of illness and  disease.
  • Perform administrative duties in the  veterinarians office.

Veterinary Assistant I

This course is the first of a two-course certificate program. Learn invaluable veterinary hospital and office procedures and the skills needed to succeed as a Veterinary Assistant! From professional conduct, laws and effects on policy and procedures to front office and exam room procedures and administrative duties, you will also learn restraint, safety concerns and basic procedures for small animals. Must complete both courses to receive certificate.

Brockton

CRN: 16620 / Course: CSBU052-B2
Dates: 9/10/2019 - 10/22/2019
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Additional class dates - Saturdays: 9/21 & 10/5 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Room: B336
Cost: $269 plus textbook

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Canton

CRN: 16684 / Course: CSBU052-C3
Dates: 9/11/2019 - 10/23/2019
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Additional class dates - Saturdays: 9/21 & 10/5 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Room: C208
Cost: $269 plus textbook

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Standout Student

Margarita Daley

Veterinary Assistant - Kristen Goodale

Twenty years ago, Margarita Daley completed a veterinary assistant program at Norfolk County Agricultural School.  Shortly thereafter, she pursued a career in the field, but had to put it on hold as one of her children had severe allergies and being around pets at work aggravated his condition.  Once her children were grown, Margarita saw the opportunity to go back to the career she really loved.  She registered for the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program at Massasoit Community College.

Margarita recalls that going back to school was intimidating.  She had been away from the field for so long and was concerned that employers would not give her a chance.  Veterinary Assistant instructor, Andrea Gouthro, encouraged her to have confidence based on what she learned in the program.  Andrea also encouraged Margarita to apply for a job as a receptionist at Driftway Animal Hospital in Scituate.  This encouragement, coupled with support from her husband and family, gave Margarita the confidence to secure the job that she started in February of 2019, just a month after starting the Veterinary Assistant program.

Margarita graduated from the Veterinary Assistant program in May 2019 and has already been given additional responsibilities at work.  She plans to continue her education in the veterinary field, perhaps as a surgical technician.  To students thinking about taking the Veterinary Assistant Certificate program, Margarita shares: “It’s well worth it.  It gives you a look at the veterinary field as a whole.  You come out of it with confidence and a clear vision of where you can go in terms of next steps.”

Veterinary Assistant II

In this second course, you will learn the legal issues regarding pharmacy and pharmacology, laboratory and surgical preparation procedures as well as introduction of Radiology and Ultrasound imaging equipment. 

Brockton

CRN: 16621 / Course: CSBU053-B2
Dates: 11/5/2019 - 12/17/2019
Day(s): Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Additional class dates - Saturdays: 11/16 & 12/7 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Room: B336
Cost: $269

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Canton

CRN: 16685 / Course: CSBU053-C3
Dates: 10/30/2019 - 12/18/2019
Day(s): Wednesday
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Additional class dates - Saturdays: 11/16 & 12/7 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Room: C208
Cost: $269

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Certificate of Completion

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of both courses.

About our Instructor:

Andrea Gouthro has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Veterinary Science from the University of Rhode Island and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. With over 20 years of experience in animal care, she was most recently the Assistant Director of Community and Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. In addition to 15 years of Veterinary Technician experience, she possesses vast experience and knowledge in the areas of domestic animal behavior, veterinary technology, pet rescue and adoptions, public animal humane education, and animal welfare fundraising.

Withdrawal and Refund Information

You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

Parking Decals

There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your driver’s license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.


For additional information about this program, please contact Kelley Tilden or call 508-588-9100 x1310.

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