WMCC VET Assistant Program Overview

We are excited to offer a Veterinary Assistant program at our North Conway Academic Center.  It’s a perfect educational option for kind and compassionate individuals who love working with animals.  

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.

Visit the NAVTA site for more information.

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. A mandatory information session is required for all admitted students prior to beginning classes.

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

Seats for this program are limited. 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 current tetanus immunization
  2. Provide proof of health insurance
  3. Successfully complete a criminal background check and drug screening
  4. Attend a program information session
  5. Attend college orientation
  6. 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 is 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

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate effective client communication skills while demonstrating
    professional conduct and using appropriate veterinary medical terminology.
  • Perform front desk duties such as using veterinary practice management
    software to schedule appointments, answer basic client questions, create,
    retrieve and file medical records, admit and discharge patients, properly obtain
    and record consent forms and consistently demonstrate ethical conduct.
  • Identify the normal anatomy and common pathologies for each species and each
    body system and incorporate critical thinking skills when collecting patient data
    and performing patient care.
  • Identify potential zoonotic diseases and appropriate isolation and disinfection
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazardous waste handling and of OSHA regulations
    and current drug enforcement laws.
  • Perform basic procedures such as recording of vital signs and basic grooming
  • Prepare patients and assist the veterinary technician or veterinarian with proper
    patient restraint for examination, procedures or diagnostic imaging.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic animal behavior and the Human-Animal bond
  • Provide basic nursing to sick or surgical patients.
  • Perform maintenance of hospital equipment such as radiology equipment,
    surgical and sterilizing equipment, laboratory devices and treatment area
  • Collect and prepare laboratory specimens, as well as perform basic laboratory
  • Prepare and administer parenteral and oral medications.
  • Perform all duties within the Veterinary Assistant scope of practice.
  • Appreciate diversity, differing beliefs, value systems, and individual opinions.
  • Demonstrate the cognitive, psychomotor skills, and affective competencies by
    qualifying to take the AVA (Approved Veterinary Assistant) Exam which is offered
    by the NATVA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America).

  • Mary Orff

    Dr. Mary Orff

    Health Sciences & Services
    Professor of Science / Department Chair, Health Sciences and Services / Program Coordinator, Life Sciences

19 Credits Required


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