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 veterinary assistants! Veterinary assistants care for animals in veterinary offices, animal hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories.  As a member of the veterinary team, a veterinary assistant will provide compassionate care to animals and their owners.  They also help maintain a clean and safe work environment, as well as perform various tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and scientists.  This program will teach the essential knowledge and job skills needed, including diagnostics, surgical assistance and monitoring, critical care, nutrition, and animal husbandry.  Students will 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.

Harford Community College is one of only 27 institutions nationwide that has received approval through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)!


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

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work completed at Harford Community College qualifies students to sit for the national certification exam administered by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Upon passing the exam, the student receives an AVA title designation with certificate. For more information, visit the National Association for Veterinary Technicians in America.


    • 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

    **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
    Monique Brunson, 443-412-2338, or email

    Become a vet assistant through HCC


    Contact Information

    For more information, please call 443-412-2440 or email

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