March 27, 2018 Kenneth Colangelo

Veterinary Assistant

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 Outlook

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.

Program Description

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 are necessary for successful completion of the course.

Offered at Tunxis at Bristol, call 860.314.4700 for information and to register.

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.

Time Commitment

This is a 14-week course that meets for 54 hours total.

Payment Information

Total cost for the Veterinary Assistant program is $1159 (price subject to change).

  • Total cost includes tuition, textbook, and Essential Job Skills course.
  • WIOA and CT SNAP approved.  Payment plan available.
  • SNAP scholarships available for qualified applicants, call the SNAP info line for details 860.773.1770.

Course Offering

E-mail [email protected] for current information and a registration packet.


Admission Requirements

Must be 18 years old with a high school diploma or GED

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