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.

Course Descriptions:

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.

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. Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Listed below are details for our summer and fall programs:

Brockton Campus

Veterinary Assistant, Part I
Office and Hospital Procedures
CRN: 50702 / Course: CSBU052 B2

Dates: May 21 - June 25, 2019
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Room: T542
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 6/1 & 6/15 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Cost: $269.00, plus textbook

For all other payment types, call
508-588-9100 x1310.
Veterinary Assistant, Part II
Pharmacy, Lab, and Surgical Procedures Preparation
CRN: 50703 / Course: CSBU053 B2

Dates: July 9 - August 13, 2019
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Room: T542
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 7/20 & 8/3 (9:00 AM to 12:00 PM)
Cost: $269.00

For all other payment types, call
508-588-9100 x1310.

Veterinary Assistant Standout Student
Matthew Ridley

Veterinary Assistant - Kristen Goodale

Matthew Ridley has had a passion for caring for animals his entire life.  After working as a medical transporter for over three years, he came upon the opportunity to take the Veterinary Assistant certificate program at Massasoit Community College.  This step resulted in Matthew realizing his dream of caring for animals as a career.

While Matthew identifies the experience in the classroom as vital for preparing him for a career in the veterinary field, the four field trips included in the course were especially beneficial.  Through these experiences he was able to gain a wide range of exposure to all sorts of animals and pets and make an educated decision as to which area in the veterinary field would be best for him.  Instructor Andrea Gouthro not only provided top-level instruction, she also offered guidance to Matthew and his classmates in their job search.

Matthew completed the Veterinary Assistant program in December of 2017 and was hired as a Veterinary Assistant at Banfield Pet Hospital in February of 2018.  The certificate he earned gave him the academic credentials employers seek when hiring Veterinary Assistants.  Eventually, Matthew plans to become a certified Veterinary Technician.  For now he is going to continue to enjoy the new career which he absolutely loves.

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

To withdraw, you can visit the Registrar’s Office in Brockton, the Enrollment Center in Canton, or the main Office in Middleborough. Alternatively, you can: (1) send an email from your Massasoit email account to Registrar's Office email requesting withdrawal, or (2) send a fax to 508-427-1246 with your printed and signed name requesting withdrawal.

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.

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 drivers license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.


Kelley Tilden

Director of Community Education
Tel: 508-588-9100 x1310
Fax: 508-427-6532

Paul Key

Associate Director of Community Education
Tel: 508-588-9100 x1312
Fax: 508-427-6532

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