Veterinary Assistant

If you have an interest in the health and well-being of animals, this program is for you.

As the veterinary field grows, so does the demand for certified veterinary assistants! As a member of the veterinarian team, you will assist the veterinarian and veterinarian technician in the delivery of patient care, maintaining a clean and safe work environment, administering medications to animals, and providing compassionate care to animals and their owners. Learn essential job skills, such as animal husbandry, emergency care, nutrition, surgery, diagnostics, and more. Experience hands-on learning in the classroom and with a variety of animals during the externship.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the 2015 median pay for a Veterinary Assistant was $24,360 per year. Employment is expected to grow 9% from 2014-2024, faster than the national average.

Prerequisites:Become a vet assistant through HCC

  • Must be at least 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED* 
  • Reading (ACR) and Math (ACA) Assessments** 
  • Animal First Aid & CPR
  • Massage Therapy for Animals

Career Courses:

  • Veterinary Assistant Certification I: Introduction to Veterinary Assisting 
  • Veterinary Assistant Certification II: Anatomy, Physiology, Disease, & Nutrition 
  • Veterinary Assistant Certification III: Diagnostic & Therapeutic Techniques 
  • Veterinary Assistant Certification IV: Surgery & Emergency Care
  • Veterinary Assistant Certification V:  Large & Exotic Animals
  • Small Animal Externship

Textbooks:

  • All textbooks for Continuing Education & Training classes are available at the College Store located in the Student Center.

*If you do not have a GED or High school Diploma, please contact Adult Literacy at
443-412-2152

**These assessments are at no charge and available in the Test Center located in Fallston Hall. No appointment is necessary.  For information, please call 443-412-2352.

Technical Standards apply.


Contact Information:

For more information, please call
JeanMarie Krygowski, 443-412-2337, or email jkrygowski@harford.edu.

Become a vet assistant through HCC

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