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Veterinary Assisting

Turn your love of animals into a career and become a veterinary assistant. Learn to support the work done by veterinarians and registered veterinary technicians. If you're considering veterinary assistant school, AACC has a veterinary assisting program and courses for you!

Certificate code: CE.VET-ASST

* For more information on courses that are approved for the payment plan click here.

For more information contact Minnie Jones at 410-777-2922 or

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What is the job outlook?
Employment of animal care and service workers is expected to grow 21 percent through 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Veterinary assistant jobs can be found in animal hospitals, clinics and laboratories, or take a different path and become a kennel attendant, animal caretaker, groomer, zookeeper or animal trainer. Veterinary assistants in Maryland earn an average annual salary of approximately $27,900.

What is the training?
Veterinary assistant training consists of two noncredit courses that include clinical internships in local animal clinics and hospitals and can be completed in seven months. The courses are approved and supported by the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association and the Maryland Veterinary Technicians Association and reviewed by the Maryland Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

What courses will I take?
CCS-533 - Veterinary Assistant 1: Outpatient Diagnostics and Pharmacy
CCS-534 - Veterinary Assistant 2: Inpatient, Surgery and Emergency  

What credentials will I earn?
Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate students complete and submit the form to our office. The form and instructions can be found at  

What will it cost?
$1,168 for Anne Arundel County residents, including tuition and fees.

What are the requirements?
To enroll students must be 18 years of age or older and have a high school diploma or GED. Students also must provide proof of medical insurance, be able to lift 40 pounds without assistance and have had a tetanus shot within the last ten years. Finally, applicants must take the Health Profession Arithmetic Placement Test with a composite score of 27 or better. For more information please visit Health Profession Arithmetic Placement Test.

To successfully complete the program, you must also be present the first night of class, attend 80 percent of all classes and earn a 70 percent or better on all performance exams (including restraint examination) and 100 percent completion of clinical internship hours. Requires uniform of scrub top and khaki pants for clinical internship.

How do I enroll?
Contact the program coordinator below to schedule an appointment, review requirements and complete registration. Use certificate code CE.VET-ASST.

For more information contact Minnie Jones at 410-777-2922 or located at the Glen Burnie Town Center in room 316.