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Learn About Central Coast College’s Veterinary Assistant (VA) Program
Learn About Central Coast College’s Veterinary Assistant (VA) Program

Your Top FAQs Answered!

Are you interested in training for a career as a veterinary assistant? Central Coast College, in Salinas, California, specializes in training students just like you for careers in the fields of healthcare and business, including as veterinary assistants. Our Veterinary Assistant program is hands-on and practical, and has been designed to be completed in a short amount of time, so you can start your new career sooner. If you are interested in training for a potential healthcare career, learn more about Central Coast College (CCC) and our Veterinary Assistant (VA) program! Here are your top FAQs about CCCs Veterinary Assistant program answered:

Do I need experience to start the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program?

No, you do not need any prior medical experience or prerequisites for CCC’s Veterinary Assistant (VA) program. 

How long does it take to complete the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program?

CCC’s VA program can be completed in as few as 38 weeks! 

When do the next classes for the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program start?

The VA program at Central Coast College is constantly enrolling! New classes start as often as every month. 

Is the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program online or in-person?

The VA program is offered on a hybrid schedule – students complete hands-on learning in on-campus labs while learning classroom theory online. All students also complete an externship placement as well. 

Does the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program include an externship?

The VA program includes an 150-hour Externship at an off-site veterinary facility in which students receive real-world experience in a hands-on setting. 

What will I learn in the Veterinary Assistant (VA) program?

At Central Coast College, students learn how to:

  • Prepare veterinary exam rooms
  • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments
  • Intake animals for exams
  • Feed animals 
  • Bathe animals 
  • Exerce animals
  • Restrain animals during procedures
  • Care for and monitor animals after surgery or treatment 
  • Give medications 
  • Administer immunizations

What do I get when I complete CCC’s Veterinary Assistant (VA) program?

Graduates receive a Certificate of Completion, Veterinary Assistant diploma.

Where do graduates normally work after completing CCC’s Veterinary Assistant (VA) program?

Graduates of CCC’s VA program are prepared to seek employment in veterinary offices, veterinary hospitals, research facilities, animal shelters, wildlife refuges, and zoos.

Does Central Coast College offer financial aid?

Central Coast College offers Financial Aid to those who qualify. CCC’s Financial Aid Office assists students in applying for any financial aid programs for which they are eligible, and can provide assistance with completing and submitting a Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

How do I enroll and get started?

Give us a call at (831) 424-6767 or click here to speak to one of our friendly and helpful admissions representatives about how to get started. You can even make an appointment to tour the campus!

Still have questions about Central Coast College or our Veterinary Assistant (VA) program? Don’t hesitate to give us a call! Click here to contact the Admissions department, or call (831) 424-6767. At Central Coast College, we are here to help you make your career goals a reality. If you are ready to take the first step towards a career in healthcare, contact Central Coast College to learn how to get started today! The Veterinary Assistant program is enrolling now, and classes begin soon! 

Start your Veterinary Assistant Career, with training from Central Coast College!

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