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Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program
Instructor: Dr. M. Spencer-McShane
Prerequisite: Must be age 18 and have a GED or high school diploma.

Explore the many duties typically performed by a veterinary assistant as you prepare for any entry-level position in this growing profession. Employment opportunities include: private practice, animal shelter, animal control facilities, pet stores, kennels, zoos and veterinary drug companies.

Topics will include:
• Vaccinations, surgery preparation and assisting, monitoring vitals
• Laboratory procedures, parasites, client communications, prescriptions
• Safely restraining an animal for blood draws, X-rays and injections
• Routine examination, medication and euthanasia
• Front office procedures for a veterinary clinic/hospital

Required textbook must be purchased at the Hawk’s Hub (the college bookstore) prior to first class. (10th grade reading level required.) Required supplies: lab coat or scrubs.
Requirements: 12 hours job shadow/internship. Details and information will be discussed the first night of class.

18 Wednesdays​     Jan. 28-May 27​      5:45-9:15 p.m. ​
CRN 11566​             STB-Rm. 113​          Tuition Fee $665

*Tentative clinical dates: Feb. 18, Mar. 18, April 8, April 29, and May 13
*These dates are subject to change.

Students please note: You will be attending clinical at the Quad City Animal Welfare Center, 724 West Second Ave., Milan, IL. Students responsible for transportation to the clinic site. In partnership with the Quad City Animal Welfare Center

BHC Hawk’s Hub (bookstore) information
For a list of PaCE books, visit
Click on “Order/View Textbooks”. Select Term (Fall 14). Select Department (Adult Ed). Books may be purchased online or at the bookstore.

Last updated 9/3/2014