Veterinary assistants care for animals under the supervision of a veterinarian or a veterinary technician. Duties include but are not limited to front office functions; feeding, bathing and exercising animals; assisting with restraining them during treatments or procedures, assisting in pre- and post-surgical duties such as monitoring animals’ recovery from surgery and notifying veterinarians of any unusual changes or symptoms. They also clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, examination and operating rooms, and animal loading/unloading facilities to control the spread of disease.
Employment of veterinary assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Vet assistants work in a variety of settings including animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories and zoos. Their work may be physically and emotionally demanding. The median annual wage in Connecticut is $32,545.
Gain the knowledge and skills you’ll need for an entry-level position as a veterinary assistant. Our 14-week program will prepare you to become part of the veterinary team. Learn routine tasks used on a day to day basis to ensure quality pet care. Course components include Veterinary Front Office, Veterinary Assisting I & 2, Dental/Surgical Assisting and Veterinary Clinical Internship. This course is taught by a certified veterinary technician who is actively working in the industry. A passing grade of 70 or higher, 80% class attendance, and clinical internship is necessary for successful completion of the course.
Recommended course: Pet First Aid Cost: $39 Offered at Tunxis at Bristol, call 860.314.4700.
Please be advised that if you have been convicted of a felony, you may not be eligible for clinical experiences, internships, externships or certifications associated with certain allied health courses or programs. Those with previous convictions may also find it difficult to secure employment within a health care setting.
This is a 14-week course that meets for 42 hours total, with one evening of instruction per week for three hours. 24-hour internship is held at Roaring Brook Veterinary Hospital in Canton.
Total cost for the Veterinary Assistant program is $930 (price subject to change).
- Total cost includes tuition, textbook, navy blue scrub top, and externship.
- A payment plan is available.
September 12 – December 19 (W) 6-9PM
Fee: $930 includes text, externship, and navy blue scrub top
Instructor: Allison Smith, CVT
- Fill out and submit a Continuing Education Non-Credit Registration Form
- Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED
Complete application packet and fax to 860.606.9732.
Application packet and payment information (checks/money orders made out to Tunxis Community College) must reach us at least one week prior to the start of the course.
Tunxis Community College
Continuing Education Office
271 Scott Swamp Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Registration must be completed in full with payment information, date of birth and social security number.
Program Coordinator: Cheryl Conaty, 860.773.1453