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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.

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. Must complete both courses to receive certificate.

CRN: 27532/ Course: CSBU052-B2
Dates: 1/28/2020 – 3/10/2020
Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday/6:00 to 9:30 pm
Additional class dates – Saturdays: 2/8 & 2/29 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Campus/Room: Brockton/B222
Cost: $269 plus textbook
Register for Veterinary Assistant I- Brockton

CRN: 27591 / Course: CSBU052-C3
Dates: 1/29/2020 – 3/11/2020
Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday/6:00 to 9:30 pm
Additional class dates – Saturdays: 2/8 & 2/29 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Campus/Room: Canton/C208
Cost: $269 plus textbook
Register for Veterinary Assistant I – Canton

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.

CRN: 27533 / Course: CSBU053-B2
Dates: 3/24/2020 – 5/5/2020
Day(s)/Time(s): Tuesday/6:00 to 9:30 pm
Additional class dates – Saturdays: 4/4 & 4/18 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Campus/Room: Brockton/B222
Cost: $269
Register for Veterinary Assistant II – Brockton

CRN: 27592 / Course: CSBU053-C3
Dates: 3/25/2020 – 5/6/2020
Day(s)/Time(s): Wednesday/6:00 to 9:30 pm
Additional class dates – Saturdays: 4/4 & 4/18 (9:00 am to 12:00 pm)
Campus/Room: Canton/C208
Cost: $269
Register for Veterinary Assistant II – Canton

Certificate of Completion

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


  • Selective admissions program

Withdrawal and Refund 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.

Parking Decals

There are designated parking lots available for students; however, a parking decal is required. If you do not have a decal, visit the Massasoit campus police with your driver’s license, car registration and proof of course registration to complete a form and obtain your decal.