MiraCosta College Community Education and Workforce Development

Veterinary Assistant Training

at MiraCosta College

about veterinary assistant training

Pet owners are becoming more affluent and more willing to pay for advanced veterinary care because many of them consider their pet to be part of the family. This growing affluence and view of pets will continue to increase the demand for veterinary care and cause the field to grow faster than average through 2018. As a Veterinary Assistant you will help the Veterinarian or the Veterinarian Technician in their daily tasks. You will feed, water, and examine pets for signs of illness, disease, or injury; clean and disinfect cages and work areas, as well as sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment in laboratories, animal hospitals, and clinics. This 60-hour program will provide an overview and entry level training for the Veterinary Assistant profession.

why attend miracosta?

  • Industry relevant curriculum using State-of-the-Art equipment

  • Curriculum created by local Veterinarian and Veterinary Technicians

  • Accelerated training can get you into a job in only 5 months

  • GI Bill ® approved, WIOA funding approved programs

Textbook: Students will need to purchase book "Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications" by Beth Vanhorn and Robert Clark. Available on Amazon.com.
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Course Length
10 weeks + recommended externship

Hours of Instruction
10 Saturdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm

HS Diploma or GED, basic math

what you will learn

  • Interacting with Animals and their Owners
  • Medical Terminology
  • Proper Skin Puncture Procedure
  • Animal Breeds
  • Animal Care and Restraint
  • Infection Control
  • Roles and Responsibilities of a Veterinary Assistant
  • Safety Precautions
  • Communicating Effectively with a Veterinary Team
  • Professionalism in the Work Place
  • Resume Writing

after course completion


After you finish your program, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will be ready to try for national certification, if applicable. This exam is offered during the last class meeting for your convenience.

Clinical Externship / Hands on Training

We strongly recommended a minimum of 80 externship hours at the conclusion of the training (this is required for anyone receiving funding from an outside organization).

meet your instructor

Veterinary Assistant Instructor Ellen C Teneriello

Ellen C Teneriello, RVT, LATG, MPA

Ellen is an Animal Welfare Specialist at the University of California, San Diego. She has taught Animal Immunology Laboratory Courses, Instructed undergraduate students on techniques for blood collection and evaluation, spent time as a Teaching Assistant in Molecular Approached to Immunology, and trained and monitored attendees from universities and community colleges on appropriate techniques necessary for animal immunological studies. She is also responsible for training new students, staff and faculty on policies, rules and procedures for animal care at UCSD. She received her A.S. from Mt San Antonio College in Animal Health Technology, her B.S in Organizational Management from University of La Verne, and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State University, Long Beach.

take the next step

We offer information sessions for many of our job training programs. The information session offers you the opportunity to learn all about the programs in a relaxed environment.
Our instructors will be available at this time to answer all of your questions. Call us at 760.795.6820 to register.

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