Veterinary Assistant - Garrett College

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Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistants aide in kennel care, assist veterinary technicians and veterinarians during exams of domestic animals and provide support throughout the veterinary office. Veterinary Assistants work in animal shelters, animal emergency centers, and veterinary practices.

Program Goals

  • Prepares individuals for an entry-level position in an animal care facility and/or be prepared to continue training to earn an A.A. degree as a Veterinary Technician
  • This training program meets the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA) guidelines and requirements for clinical experiences, certifications/licensing of instructors, and curriculum content.

Program Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent is required (*Those currently enrolled in an adult education program may be eligible to enroll with program coordinator approval)
  • Attend an Orientation and Information Session – Contact 301-387-3770 for upcoming dates and times
  • Maintain a 75% average on quizzes and tests in each class and meet attendance requirements to progress to the next class
Course Hrs of Instruction Clinical
Tuition & Fees
(GC Res)
Veterinary Assistant One:
Orientation to the Veterinary Profession
33 6 $475
Veterinary Assistant Two:
Outpatient Diagnosis & Treatment
30 10 $325
Veterinary Assistant Three:
Inpatient Treatment & Care
30 10 $325
TOTAL - Includes most text books and other instructional matierials.
The cost for Certification testing with National Healthcareer Association is also included in student technology fees.

Time to Complete Program

  • Approximately 6 months
  • Classes are held 2-3 evenings per week, or one evening and one Saturday per week

Clinical Experience

  • Scheduled throughout the program at various animal care facilities

Location of Training

Career Technology Training Center in Accident

Connect with us

Contact Continuing Education & Workforce Development at 301-387-3069 or