Veterinary Assistant Certificate


Veterinary Assistant Certificate

Veterinary Assistant Program Outcomes

The Veterinary Assistant certificate program provides training in veterinary health and handling of a variety of domestic and exotic species, with the focus on tasks for assisting the Veterinary Technician and Veterinarian.  Veterinary Assistants care for animals in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories.  They also help to maintain a clean and safe work environment, as well as perform various tasks under the supervision of veterinarians, veterinary technicians and scientists.  This certificate program will teach the essential knowledge and job skills needed, including diagnostics, surgical assistance and monitoring, critical care, nutrition, and animal husbandry.  Students will also experience hands-on learning in the classroom and during the required internship.  Veterinary Assistants do not diagnose animal illnesses, prescribe treatment, or perform surgery.  This program provides an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine, but is not a veterinary technician program nor is it intended to provide admission to a college of veterinary medicine. The Veterinary Assistant certificate program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). This allows graduates to sit for the exam to earn “Approved Vet Assistant” status.  For more information on NAVTA, visit

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Admission Requirements for Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

  1. Submit an application for the program
  2. Meet College requirements for admission
  3. Must possess high school diploma or GED and submit official transcripts to WMCC
  4. Applications are not complete until the above documents are in place.
  5. Once applications are complete, applicants will be scheduled for a personal interview with the Program Director.

Applicants will be contacted to set up interviews with the program director once the first three requirements have been met.

To qualify for early admission, applications must be completed by February 1st.  If there is remaining availability after this review, applications completed by April 1st will be considered for admission.

Upon admission, students will receive a packet of program information with details regarding program requirements.

Once admitted, the following will be required:

  1. Submit proof of a physical examination with tetanus immunization (within the last year)
  2. Provide proof of health insurance
  3. Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening
  4. Attend college orientation
  5. Purchase Course materials

All students in the Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program must maintain a “C” or above average in all courses and have a 90% or better attendance rate and conform to all professionalism conduct codes.

Program available in North Conway.

Fall Semester: First Eight Weeks Lec Lab Cr
VETA101W Introduction to Veterinary Assisting 1 2 2
VETA103W Veterinary Assistant Small Animal Nursing I 2 2 3
VETA105W Veterinary Assistant Office Procedures and Practice Management 1 2 2
Fall Semester: Second Eight Weeks      
VETA107W Veterinary Assistant Small Animal Nursing II 2 2 3
VETA109W Veterinary Assistant Lab and Diagnostic Skills 2 2 3
  Semester Total  8 10 13
Spring Semester      
VETA111W Veterinary Assistant Clinical 0 8 4
VETA113W Veterinary Assistant Clinical Seminar 2 0 2
  Semester Total 2 8 6
  Certificate Total     19


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