Veterinary Assistant Program

Pre-test dates

$25 (no registration fee applies)

There are no pre-test dates at this time.

For more information on TABE Testing please view our TABE info sheet.

Veterinary Assistant Career Overview:

Owners of pets and other animals today expect state-of-the-art veterinary care. To provide this service, veterinarians use the skills of veterinary technicians and veterinary assistants, who perform many of the same duties for a veterinarian that a nurse would for a physician, including routine laboratory and clinical procedures. Veterinary assistants are entry-level health care professionals who work in many different settings to provide medical care for sick or injured animals. Some other duties may involve providing water and food to animals and cleaning/disinfecting their cages and work areas. Veterinary assistants are responsible for sterilizing lab and surgical equipment and provide pre- and post-operative care. Under the supervision of a veterinarian, veterinary assistants may be asked to administer medications orally and/or topically.

With pet ownership on the rise, the need for skilled veterinary assistants is in great demand.

Program Overview:

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Students will be taught how to care for sick and injured animals in a veterinarian office, clinic or animal hospital. Students will learn client relations, office and hospital procedures, animal nursing, exam room procedures (hospital sanitation, weight/temperature, animal handling, and restraining and preventative care protocols), surgical prep and assisting, laboratory procedures, radiology and pharmacology.

Ideal Candidates:

  • Animal lovers
  • Kennel workers
  • Dog groomers
  • Pre-veterinary students
  • Recent high school graduates
  • Healthcare workers looking to strengthen their current skills
  • Anyone interested in veterinary medicine


Prerequisites for this course are vital to ensure success in this program. Candidates interested in this program must meet the following prerequisites prior to registering for the program:

  • At least 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or high school equivalency
  • Hand-to-eye coordination and finger agility
  • Must be able to lift 20 pounds without trouble (If you have physical limitations, please speak with your doctor before registering for class.)
  • Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) background check obtained at the Attorney General’s Office to be submitted at the time of registration for the program [Learn More about the BCI]
  • Complete a TABE Assessment at one of the pre-test sessions listed below.

This program is approved for the use of VA educational benefits. If you would like to use your benefits for this program, please fill out the Student Certification Worksheet and return it to CWCE with your completed registration form.

$2,095 + $5 non-refundable registration fee (Eligible for EasyPay*)

The 2018 schedule is not available at this time.

*EasyPay is now available for non-credit courses offered through the Center for Workforce and Community Education. For more information click here: CWCE non-credit EasyPay information

Contact Information

CWCE Office Locations

Knight Campus, Warwick
400 East Avenue, 4th Floor
Warwick, RI 02886
Tel: 401-825-1214

Flanagan Campus, Lincoln
1762 Louisquisset Pike
Lincoln, RI 02865
Tel: 401-333-7070

Liston Campus, Providence
One Hilton Street
Providence, RI 02905
Tel: 401-455-6144

CWCE Office Hours

Para información en Español, favor llame al 401-455-6019 or 401-333-7074.

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Last Updated: 4/24/18