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Veterinary Assistant

Employment of veterinary assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team working under the supervision of a veterinarian/credentialed veterinary technician. Through this NAVTA-approved program, students are trained to aid in patient care, behavior, and restraint. This course also includes laboratory, radiology, pharmacy skills, preventative care, surgery, and recovery. Additionally, students will be trained in animal CPR. Successful graduates will receive an OCC Certificate of Completion. Those that complete the 100 clinical externship hours will also be eligible to sit for the NAVTA Veterinary Assistant exam.


  • Clear Criminal Background Check
  • Email and Internet Access
  • Student Health & Insurance Waiver
  • Tetanus Shot

As a successful graduate, receive an OCC Certificate of Completion and be eligible to sit for the national approved Veterinary Assistant NAVTA exam.

Course Code: CEHS-430

Clock Hours: 250
CEUs: 25
Cost: $3,475

There is a $2,500 scholarship available through the Ocean County College Foundation. The deadline to apply is August 17, 2023, and applicants must be enrolled prior to applying. Click here for details.


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