A veterinary assistant must love dogs! And cats, and birds, and gerbils and reptiles.
Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assistant prepares students to assist and support licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians in the health and handling of small domestic animals and exotic species.
In addition to office procedures, you’ll learn how to administer common medications, handle animals, assist in filling prescriptions, set up lab work and assist with nursing care and surgical preparation.
The college is one of 32 nationwide that has received approval through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
Certify your skills
Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work qualifies students to sit for one or more exams administered by the National Association of Veterinary Technicans in America (NAVTA).
Your admission as a TCC student does not guarantee your acceptance into this program.
Admission is competitive, with 15 to 18 students admitted each fall semester.
You must also:
- have a high school diploma or GED
- have a letter documenting 5 volunteer hours in a veterinary hospital or clinic within the last year
- place into English (ENG) 111 College Composition and Math Essentials (MTE) 4 or higher based on the results of your Virginia Placement Test (VPT)
TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Veterinary Assistant consists of 2 semesters of part-time study, with classes held mainly at the Virginia Beach Campus.
Estimated Program Cost*:
17 credits x $181.10 per credit = $3,078.70 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2017 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.
You can find immediate employment working with a veterinarian in an office or animal hospital following completion of the certificate program.
Veterans, transitioning military, spouses and dependents: TCC’s Center for Military and Veterans Education provides academic guidance and help in maximizing your GI Bill® and other educational benefits.
Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.
Veterinary assistant positions increased 220 percent from 2008-13
Finish this program in as few as 2 semesters
Hands-on practice in a vet clinic or hospital through multiple internships
“As an employer, the veterinary assistant program at TCC is important to streamline qualified candidates into the workforce.” – Danielle Russ, Hospital Manager at The COVE – Center of Veterinary Expertise
“In this program, we do lots of hands-on work with animals and veterinary hospitals and clinics all over Hampton Roads.” – Megan Taliaferro, TCC Veterinary Assistant Program Director