Congratulations on your acceptance into the Veterinary Assistant Program at White Mountains Community College! I would like to welcome you to the profession!

This packet (link below) contains all the information needed to assist you in preparing for the upcoming Fall semester. All newly admitted Veterinary Assistant students will be required to attend a college Orientation at the Berlin campus in addition to completing the following items included in this packet. Questions regarding any of this information will be answered during the admitted student workshop or at Orientation. It is important to attend the college Orientation to complete all aspects of the enrollment process.

TEXTBOOKS: You will need to purchase the textbooks for the courses before the first class. They will be available at the college bookstore.

Required:
Author: Margi Sirois
Title: Elsevier’s Veterinary Assistant Textbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Mosby
ISBN-13: 9780323359221

Recommended, though not required:
Author: Janet Amundson Romich
Title: An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology Fourth Edition
Publisher: Delmar Cengage
ISBN-13: 9781133125761

Author: Margi Sirois
Title: Workbook to accompany Elsevier’s Veterinary Assistant Textbook, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Mosby
ISBN-13: 9780323377102

UNIFORMS AND SUPPLIES:

  • Our uniform will be a solid colored pewter scrub top and pants. Cherokee brand is preferred. Tops should be plain V neck scrubs without print or other colors. No other scrubs will be acceptable for clinical work.
  • Nametag: the college will order nametags and they will be distributed at the beginning of classes.
  • Other items for classes (including nail trimmers, stethoscope and bandage scissors) will be issued in the first week of class.
  • A dress code will be strictly enforced. See enclosed information on those requirements.

PHYSICAL EXAM: You must provide proof of a physical exam by a healthcare provider within 12 months of beginning the program. This should include evidence of a tetanus vaccination within the last 3 years. The documentation must be provided using the program’s Health Questionnaire/Physical Exam form, which you will find enclosed. Costs vary by provider.

Bring to orientation or send to:
WMCC North Conway Academic Center
Attn: Mary Orff
PO Box 43
North Conway NH 03860

HEALTH INSURANCE: All Veterinary Assistance students must have health insurance and provide evidence of coverage. Fill out the Health Insurance form with the requested information. Costs vary.

Bring to orientation or send to:
WMCC North Conway Academic Center
Attn: Mary Orff
PO Box 43
North Conway NH 03860

LIABILITY INSURANCE: All Veterinary Assistance students must have liability insurance. This is a Blanket Policy and is automatically supplied through the college when you sign up for the coursework; the fee will be added to your course fees. Cost is $20.00 per semester.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK: This process may take several weeks, so start it as soon as possible! A criminal background check must be completed, and results submitted to the program director prior to beginning courses. This is done independently from the college through CastleBranch, and you will pay the company directly. An instruction sheet is enclosed. Your background check must be free of any felonies. If the check reveals significant criminal history, you will be required to meet with the program director and may be ineligible to continue in the program. Costs range from $55-70.

DRUG SCREENING TEST: A drug-screening test must be completed, and results submitted to the program director prior to beginning courses. This should be done through Androscoggin Valley Hospital. Students must test negative for the following drugs:

Amphetamines
Barbiturates
Benzodiazepines
Cocaine
Methamphetamine
3,4 Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
Opiates
Oxycodone
Phencyclidine
Propoxyphene

If any of the above are used by prescription, the student must provide AVH with proof of that prescription. If use of prescription drugs affects the student’s performance in the classroom or in the clinical setting to the extent that the standard of professionalism is not met (see below), the student may be dismissed from the program. Call 603-326-5796 to schedule an appointment. Please request that results be emailed to morff@ccsnh.edu. Cost is ~$45 (additional fees may be charged if there is a positive result).

STANDARD OF PROFESSIONALISM: All students in the Veterinary Assistance Program will be expected to conform to a level of professionalism as befits the College, the Program and profession of Veterinary Medicine. The criteria listed in a separate document will be used to evaluate students throughout the program, both in the classroom, on trips to facilities for training and while attending clinical sites in the second semester of study. Failure to meet the standards set forth may result in dismissal from the program.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Students must maintain a “C” or better average in all courses and conform to the Standards of Professionalism as describe in the enclosed document. A 90% attendance rate must be maintained throughout the program.

If you have further questions, please email me at morff@ccsnh.edu . I am here to help and guide you! – Mary Orff