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MCC Announces Next Veterinary Assistant Course Begins Jan. 17

[Tuesday, January 3, 2017]

McHenry County College is offering a Veterinary Assistant program this winter/spring. Classes will take place weekly from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Jan. 17 through May 25, 2017 in Room A207.

The Veterinary Assistant program includes a total of 90 hours, with an additional 60-hour externship to be completed outside of the classroom hours. Times of clinical will vary based on availability and hours of the clinical sites. Course fee is $1,999.

Veterinary assistants have been identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the fastest growing professions. Vet assistants work with veterinarians and veterinary technicians in private practice, animal shelters, animal control facilities, pet stores, kennels and veterinary drug companies to provide medical care to sick and injured animals.

McHenry County College is proud to announce that it is one of a small number of schools approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and is listed on their website: Graduates from the program will receive a certificate of completion from MCC and will be eligible to take the national Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) exam. Upon successful completion of the exam, students will receive a certificate stating they are AVA approved. Cost of the national exam is an additional $100 and is optional for the student.

Those who are interested in continuing on after this program and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician may consider enrolling in the Veterinary Medical Technology Program at Joliet Junior College, which accepts McHenry County College’s Veterinary Assistant Program in place of the minimum 80 hours of veterinary experience needed as part of their admissions prerequisites.

For more information contact: Ruth Kormanak at (815) 479-7879 or at To register contact the registration office at (815) 455-8588, or register online at, and reference course code:

QVT C01 003.

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