Veterinary Assistant

This 100-hour Veterinary Assistant program introduces students to the exciting and growing field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office.  Students will enjoy learning through classroom lecture as well as hands on labs.

Note: this program does not include a national or state certification or a clinical rotation as part of its overall objectives.  In addition to classroom lecture and labs, this program includes a clinical externship through a local provider.

Clinical Externship: Upon successful completion of this Veterinary Assistant program, you will be eligible to participate in a 40-hour clinical externship with a local provider.  You may be asked to submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements.

Duration:  100 Hours

Option #1 – Self-directed on line classes

Students may start the self-directed on line class at any time and have full access to the website. Textbooks are mailed to the student’s registration address and students have up to 6 months to complete the program. No on-campus attendance required for this program. Students are eligible to participate in the optional externship after successfully completing the program

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Option #2 – Live, interactive on line classes

Students will attend scheduled classes and have live, interactive class led by an instructor. Attendance is mandatory during the times scheduled. Hands on labs will be held on campus. Dates for hands on labs will be scheduled by the instructor during regular class times.

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  • Dates:  Spring 2021
  • Days: Monday and Wednesday nights
  • Times: 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

AND Saturdays

  • Dates:  Spring 2021
  • Times:  9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: TBD
  • Costs:  $1,899 (textbooks and externship included)
  • Education Requirements:  Students must have a High School diploma or equivalent.

For information about this program, please call Diane Peck at 256-306-2515.


All refund requests for the Spring 2020 classes must be received in writing by the close of business on February 14, 2020. Email with your request, and then call 256-306-2515 to confirm receipt of the request.  Calhoun Community College is not responsible for emails that are not delivered/received.

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