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MiraCosta College to Offer Veterinary Assistant Training

Oceanside CA— Become a veterinary assistant in just a few months! This 60-hour program will provide an overview and entry-level training for the veterinary assistant profession. Learn basic animal care principles and techniques, safety procedures and state/federal guidelines.

Topics include:

  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic radiology
  • Small animal breeds
  • Animal nutrition
  • Parasite control
  • Record keeping and veterinary office procedures
  • Client relations and communications

Veterinary medical terminology, hospital patient care and reception skills will also be covered. Students will learn lab skills and surgical assisting appropriate to the veterinary assistant level. This class is entry level and specifically not veterinary technician training, which requires a two-year degree program. Students will need to purchase the book, “Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications” by Beth Vanhorn and Robert Clark (available on amazon.com) prior to the first class session.

Fee: $980. GI Bill and WIOA funding approved.

Location: MiraCosta’s Technology Career Institute, 2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad.

Class meets, Saturdays, 2/27–5/7, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. An externship is strongly recommended—a minimum of 80 hours at the conclusion of the training (this is required for anyone receiving funding from an outside organization.).

Sign up for the free information session, Wednesday, January 27 at 7 p.m. at the Technology Career Institute. For more information, call 760.795.6820.