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Workforce Development & Continuing Education

Veterinary Assistant Training Program

Veterinary Assistant Training

Veterinary Assistant Training begins in September  and ends in May.

Huskie Dog in arms of a vet techThis comprehensive training program consists of 5 non-credit courses, each course including a supervised clinical practicum, totaling 150 hours of training. During your clinical practicum time you will have hands-on experiences in local veterinary hospitals. This course series will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills needed for an entry-level position in a veterinary hospital. Courses must be taken in order and upon successful completion of all the courses, you will receive a Continuing Education Certificate. The Training is approved and supported as a formal training for persons working in a supportive position to veterinary technicians and veterinarians by the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association.

Mandatory Orientation Session

Students must attend a mandatory orientation prior to enrolling in the program on August 4 from 10:00am to Noon OR August 5, 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

Contact vet  to request a seat in the orientation. There are a limited number of spaces available. Orientation sessions are free.


Courses to Complete:

Veterinary Asst. Class Forms

Please contact Tracy Singleton, Program Coordinator, at 240-567-2599 or e-mail and ask for complete course information and requirements before registering.

Preparation for Veterinary Assistant Training Course Series (VET001) – Fall Term

Brush up your basic skills and prepare to start your classroom and clinical training to become a veterinary assistant. This 9-hour preliminary course is required for ALL students who wish to take the Veterinary Assistant Course Series. Topics include problem solving, written and verbal communication, math for medications, confidentiality, professionalism, ethics, as well as classroom and clinical conduct. Activities and tests will be scored on a point system. Students will be required to have a cumulative score of 90-120 points to continue on to the Veterinary Assistant Course Series.

Veterinary Assistant Training I: Outpatient Care (VET002) – Fall Term

This initial course consists of 30 classroom hours and 8 clinical hours. Topics include an overview of the veterinary profession, office procedures, client relations, biology, and exam room procedures. Prerequisite: Preparation for the Veterinary Assistant Course Serices.

Veterinary Assistant Training II: Diagnostics & Pharmacy (VET003) – Spring Term

This course consists of 15 classroom hours and 12 clinical hours. Topics covered are laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and ultrasound imaging. Prerequisite: Veterinary Assistant Training I.

Veterinary Assistant Training III: Patient Care & Treatment (VET004) – Spring Term

This course consists of 18 classroom hours and 16 clinical hours. Topics include inpatient care and clinical procedures. Prerequisites: Veterinary Assistant Training I & II.

Veterinary Assistant Training IV: Surgery, Anesthesia & Emergency Care (VET005) – Spring Term

This course consists of 24 classroom hours and 18 clinical hours. Topics covered are anesthesia, surgery, emergency medicine and critical care. The course concludes with a wrap-up seminar day. Prerequisites: Veterinary Assistant Training I, II & III.

Inquisitive cat with girl vet tech

Minimum requirements: 18 years of age, high school diploma or GED. Certain prerequisites apply – for a complete of requirements, please contact Harriet Lebowitz at 240 567-2595, email and ask for complete course information and requirements before registering.

Scholarship Opportunity

Workforce Development & Continuing Education Career Path Scholarship offers an opportunity for qualified candidates to get a scholarship up to $1,000 for this program. See Career Path Scholarship for more information. Take note of the deadline for applying for a scholarship.

NOTE: The Veterinary Assistant Training uses live animals for teaching purposes. Montgomery College takes all necessary safety precautions when students interact with live animals. However, students must be aware that live animals by nature may not be absolutely controlled. Therefore, a potential exists for students to be bitten, scratched, or injured by an animal while participating in this program. Montgomery College does not provide medical insurance for any injury sustained.

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Contact Us:
  • Tracy Singleton  Program Coordinator
  • Montgomery College, Workforce Development & Continuing Education
  • 12 South Summit Ave. 4th Floor
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877

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