Chesapeake College's Veterinary Assistant Training prepares students to work in the animal care field. As trained Veterinary Assistants, students will support veterinary technicians and veterinarians in a variety of inpatient and outpatient activities. The training consists of four credit-free courses that include supervised clinical practicum hours completed outside of the classroom. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete the training.

Pre-requisites: Students must be 18 years of age prior to the beginning of the Veterinary Assistant Training course. Students must be high school graduates. In order to receive a certificate of completion for this course, students will be required to take a final examination, attend 85 percent of the classroom hours, and complete the assigned practicum hours.

Veterinary Assistant Training uses live animals for teaching purposes. Chesapeake College takes all necessary safety precautions when students interact with live animals, however, the potential exists for students to be bitten, scratched or injured by an animal while participating in this training. Chesapeake College makes no representation concerning any animal's exposure to rabies or other diseases and does not provide medical insurance or worker's compensation for any injuries suffered while participating in this program. Students are required to show proof of medical insurance.

The program begins in the spring and the fall, please call for starting dates or check the PDF schedule

For more information or to register, please contact Anne Slater at (410) 827-5810 or e-mail aslater@chesapeake.edu

Program courses include:

Veterinary Assistant Training I

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine and the outpatient systems and exam room procedures for veterinary assistants and people starting entry-level careers in veterinary hospitals. Topics include: overview of the field of veterinary science, office procedures and client relations, cell make-up and exam room procedures. Tuition: In-county $165, Out-of-county $170, Out-of-State $175. Course fee $170. Textbook, workbook, and clinical shirt included.

7 sessions, please call for dates/times

Veterinary Assistant Training II

This course is designed to provide an overview of laboratory procedures, drug therapy, and radiology procedures. Topics include: types of laboratory tests, microscope, drugs and radiology. Tuition: In-county $115, Out-of-county $120, Out-of-State $125. Course fee $120.

5 sessions, please call for dates/times

Veterinary Assistant Training III

This course is designed to provide information on in-patient care and treatment and clinical procedures. Topics include: IV catheterization, patient restraint, medications, nutrition, physical therapy, nail trims, bathing, enemas, and urine samples. Tuition: In-county $135, Out-of-county $140, Out-of-State $145. Course fee $115.

6 sessions, please call for dates/times

Veterinary Assistant Training IV

This course is designed to provide veterinary assistants or persons starting entry-level careers in veterinary practices with an overview of surgical preparation, regulations and emergency room procedures. Topics include: surgical materials, operating room conduct and asepsis, surgery log, post-surgical clean-up, emergency room protocols and equipment. Tuition: In-county $135, Out-of-county $140, Out-of-State $145. Course fee $115.

6 sessions, please call for dates/times

If there is any inaccurate information on this page, please send comments or corrections to aslater@chesapeake.edu