Veterinary Assistant

60-hour certificate program
In response to workforce training requests from veterinary practices, we created this certificate 60-hour program of instruction. Over two 30-hour courses you will be introduced to the role of the veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice. *Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Course Requirement: All students must possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

What is a Veterinary Assistant?
The veterinary assistant supports the veterinarian and/or the veterinary technician in their daily tasks. The assistant may be asked to perform kennel work, assist in the restraint and handling of animals, feed and exercise the animals, and spend time on clerical duties. There is no credentialing exam for the veterinary assistant. The ability to follow directions, listen and communicate efficiently, and handle multiple assignments are skills that a veterinary assistant should demonstrate. The essential skills you will learn in this program will help you keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices!

Our program will teach you how to:

  • Interact with animals and their owners.
  • Obtain animal health histories and records.
  • Understand veterinary medical terminology.
  • Recognize the major breeds of various animals.
  • Assist the veterinarian with caring for animals.
  • Assist with surgical and treatment procedures. 
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of illness and  disease.
  • Perform administrative duties in the  veterinarians office.

Course Descriptions:

Veterinary Assistant I
This course is the first of a two-course certificate program. Learn invaluable veterinary hospital and office procedures and the skills needed to succeed as a veterinary assistant! From professional conduct, laws and effects on policy and procedures to front office and exam room procedures and administrative duties, you will also learn restraint, safety concerns and basic procedures for small animals.

Veterinary Assistant II
In this second course, you will learn the legal issues regarding pharmacy and pharmacology, laboratory and surgical preparation procedures as well as introduction of Radiology and Ultrasound imaging equipment. Courses must be taken in sequential order.

Listed below are details for our summer program:


Veterinary Assistant, Part I
Office and Hospital Procedures
CRN: 50285 / Course: CSBU052 B2
Dates: May 22 - June 26, 2018
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Room: B547
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 6/2 & 6/16 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $269.00, plus textbook
For all other payment types, call
508-588-9100 x1310.

Veterinary Assistant, Part II
Pharmacy, Lab, and Surgical
Procedures Preparation
CRN: 50373 / Course: CSBU053 B2
Dates: July 10 - August 14, 2018
Day: Tuesdays
6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Room: B547
Additional class dates-Saturdays: 7/21 & 8/4 (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Cost: $269.00

Certificate of Completion

A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of both courses.

About our Instructor:
Andrea Gouthro has a Bachelor of Science in Animal Veterinary Science from the University of Rhode Island and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2003. With over 20 years of experience in animal care, she was most recently the Assistant Director of Community and Shelter Veterinary Medicine for the Animal Rescue League of Boston. In addition to 15 years of Veterinary Technician experience, she possesses vast experience and knowledge in the areas of domestic animal behavior, veterinary technology, pet rescue and adoptions, public animal humane education, and animal welfare fundraising.

Withdrawal, Refund & Cancellation Information
You must complete and submit in person a withdrawal form, which is available at any of our locations. Withdrawals before the start of the first class are granted a 100% refund. Withdrawals after the first class are refunded 0-50% depending on the length of the course.

Certain courses may be cancelled due to low registration. Enrolled students will be notified as soon as cancellation decisions are made. A full refund will be provided to students who have enrolled in a class that has been cancelled by Massasoit Community College.

For additional information about the Veterinary Assistant certificate program please call us at 508-588-9100 x1509.

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Veterinary Assistant Standout Student
Kristen Goodale

Veterinary Assistant - Kristen Goodale

Having worked several years in the Retail and Insurance industries, as well as the local public school system, Kristen Goodale decided on a career change that involved working with animals.  This led her to research the veterinary services industry.  She learned that for many, the first step in this field is to become a Veterinary Assistant.  Kristen enrolled in the Veterinary Assistant certificate program at Massasoit Community College in the spring 2017 semester and after the first class, knew she had found her niche.
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In addition to the vast learning she experienced in the classroom, Kristen found much value in the field trips taken with the program.  They provided a first-hand look at what Veterinary Assistants do every day.  In March of 2017, Kristen was hired as a Kennel Attendant for Massasoit’s Veterinary Technology department.  She is considering continuing her education by enrolling in the Veterinary Technology certificate program at Massasoit and eventually working at a veterinary clinic as a Veterinary Technician.

For students considering the Veterinary Assistant program, Kristen advises: “If you love and are passionate about animals, these courses provide important insight that can help you decide if this career is for you.  The instructor, Andrea Gouthro, is very knowledgeable, and the cost of the program is reasonable”.

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