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Veterinary Assistant Training

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

Graduate from MCC's National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA)-approved veterinary assistant training and you'll be eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Successfully complete the exam and you'll be entitled to use the designation Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) and you'll receive a documenting certificate.

This course includes 90 hours of classroom instruction and 60 hours of mandatory clinical experience.

  • How much does the veterinary assistant training program cost?
    The veterinary assistant course is $1999, which includes the text books, scrubs to be worn to your externship, and course supplies. Course code QVT C01
  • How much do veterinary assistants earn?
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary assistants earn up to $25,250 per year or $12.14 per hour.
  • Is the veterinary assistant training program accredited?
    MCC is one of three community colleges in Illinois to offer NAVTA-approved training. Pass MCC's veterinary assistant course and you'll be eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant exam and use the designation “Approved Veterinary Assistant” (AVA) upon successfully passing that exam. The cost of your initial attempt at this exam is included in the course fee.
  • Will I gain any real-life experience during this course?
    As part of this course, you complete 60 externship hours at an approved veterinary clinic. Times of clinical experience will vary based on availability and hours of the clinical sites. In order to successfully complete the class, you must successfully complete the clinical hours.
  • Will MCC help me find employment as a veterinary technician?
    We don't have a formal job placement program; however, we do receive job opening notices from local employers interested in hiring our graduates and we pass that information along to students who have completed the course. Occasionally, MCC students are hired at the locations where they completed their clinic assignments.

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  1. The first time you register online, see www.mchenry.edu/myMCC and select: Register for Workforce and Community Development Classes »
  2. To search for a class, enter search criteria such as a keyword (ex. painting) or the course code number. Or, try selecting a Topic Code using the arrow for the drop-down menu.
  3. Select a class for registration and select Submit.
  4. Complete the required personal identification information and payment information, then select Submit.
  5. You'll receive an email containing information about using your own "myMCC" account to register for classes on online within two business days.

For more information, contact Justin DeBolt at (815) 479-7879