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If you love working with animals, take the first step toward your new career with AACC’s Veterinary Assisting program.

Reviewed by the Maryland Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, this program delivers hands-on veterinary assisting training and real-world experience in a vet’s office.

Training Overview

This training consists of three noncredit courses and an internship.

  • CCS-533 Veterinary Assistant 1: Outpatient Diagnostics and Pharmacy
  • CCS-534 Veterinary Assistant 2: Inpatient, Surgery and Emergency
  • OPA-354 Workforce Success Skills
  • Unpaid clinical internships: 54 total hours

Job Outlook

Work as a veterinary assistant can be a rewarding career path:

  • Employment is expected to grow by 20 percent nationally through 2027.
  • Job opportunities can be found in animal hospitals, clinics and laboratories

Source: Emsi 2018.4


  • Attend an information session. View and register for upcoming dates.
  • Must be 18 or older
  • Have a high school diploma or GED
  • Have basic computer knowledge to include searching the web, navigating our learning management system, downloading and uploading documents and different formats such as Word, PDF and Google docs
  • Provide proof of medical insurance
  • Able to lift 40 pounds without assistance
  • Provide proof of tetanus shot within the last 10 years
  • Must take the Health Profession Arithmetic Placement test with a composite score of 27 or better

Credentials Earned


$1,506, including tuition and fees, for Anne Arundel County residents

AACC is offering students in select programs the opportunity to enroll without the financial burden of paying for college. Eligible students can now attend AACC with all tuition and fees paid through scholarships.

The Veterinary Assisting program is fully supported by the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) I and II Funds of the U.S. Department of Education as part of a financial assistance award totaling $364,000 for direct student aid for the fall 2021 term.

Attend an information session to learn more.

Get Started 

This program requires some additional steps before you can register. Contact Megan Stakolosa at for information.


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Contact Megan Stakolosa at 410-777-7387 or