As the veterinary field grows, so does the demand for veterinary assistants. Veterinary assistants care for animals in veterinary offices, animal hospitals, animal shelters, and laboratories. As a member of the veterinary team, a veterinary assistant will provide compassionate care to animals and to their owners. They also help maintain a clean and safe work environment, as well as perform various tasks under the supervision of veterinarian, veterinary technicians, and scientists.
Our programs teach the essential knowledge and job skills needed including diagnostic, surgical assistance and monitoring, critical care, nutrition, and animal husbandry. Students will experience hands-on learning in the classroom and work with a variety of animals during the externship.
Veterinary Assistant Certificates
- Veterinary Assistant Training I: Outpatient Care
- Entry level course where you will receive an overview of veterinary technologies that cover office and exam room procedures, client relations and biology. This course consists of a combination of lecture and clinical training. Students must be 18 years of age prior to enrolling in this program and provide proof of medical insurance. This course consists of 11 sessions totaling 33 hours.
- Veterinary Assistant Training II: Diagnostics and Pharmacy
- Advanced level program that covers the diagnostic basics. Other subjects covered in this course are functions of the lab, pharmacy, radiology and ultrasound-imaging department. A pre-requisite for this course is Veterinary Assistant Training I. This course consists of 9 Sessions totaling 27 hours.
- Veterinary Assistant Training III: Patient Care
- Focuses on in-patient care and clinical procedures. Consists of lecture and practicum. A pre-requisite for this course is Veterinary Assistant Training II. This course consists of 11 sessions totaling 33 hours.
- Veterinary Assistant Training IV : Surgery and Emergency Care
- Designed to provide veterinary assistants or persons starting entry level careers in veterinary practices with an overview of surgical preparation, regulations, and emergency room procedures. Topics include: surgical materials, operating room conduct and asepsis, surgery log, post-surgical clean-up, emergency room protocols, and equipment. A pre-requisite for this course is Veterinary Assistant Training III. This course consists of 9 sessions totaling 27 hours.
Dog Grooming Certificates
Dog groomers enjoy an artistic and rewarding career helping dogs look their best by specializing in maintaining a dog's appearance. They cut, trim and style a dog’s fur, as well as clip nails, clean ears, and bathe dogs in a variety of settings, such as their own shop, a mobile salon, or pet supply stores. Cecil College’s program consists of classroom lectures and hands-on clinical training to prepare you for a job as a dog groomer.
Our dog grooming program consists of four modules:
- Dog Grooming – Module I
- A hands-on introductory course that teaches the fundamentals of dog grooming. Topic that will covered include equipment and tools, record keeping CPR for dogs, animal safety, groomer safety, coat type and texture, anatomy review and grooming skills. This course consist of 8 sessions totaling 24 hours.
- Dog Grooming – Module II
- A continuation of Dog Grooming Module I. Subjects to be cover in this course include cleaning and maintenance of tools, developing grooming skills, matted coats, double coat clippings, Pre-requisite: Dog Grooming Module I. This course consist of 8 sessions totaling 24 hours.
- Dog Grooming – Module III
- A continuation of Dog Grooming Module I and II. This class concentrates on specific breed grooming, extensive scissoring work, and ear, tail and coast patterns. Pre-requisites: Dog Grooming Modules 1 and II. This course consist of 8 sessions totaling 24 hours.
- Dog Grooming – Module IV
- The last course in the Dog Grooming Series. Hands-on grooming skills, show styling, and poodle patterns will be emphasized. Opening and managing a grooming business will also be cover. Pre-requisites: Dog Grooming Modules I thru III. This course consist of 8 sessions totaling 24 hours.
Canine Rest and Relaxation
Rest and relaxation is something many dogs do not know how to do. Relaxation is important because it helps lower the chance of reactivity when dogs are able to be levelheaded in many different environments.
Canine Rest and Relaxation will teach you how to apply massage techniques to animals for the purpose of increasing circulation, reducing muscle spasms, relieving tension, and enhancing muscle tone. This course consist of 12 sessions totaling 36 hours.