Humane Alliance: A Program of the ASPCA

Veterinary Assistant Course

The Veterinary Assistant Course (VAC) is a 10-week course, designed to help people start or strengthen a career in veterinary assisting. It's a practical, hands-on experience, with small classes and lots of individual attention during its 100+ hour curriculum.

We've worked closely with educators, veterinary professionals, and business owners to develop a well-rounded education, focused on the needs of potential employers.

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To apply for the course, please follow the steps below:

The Veterinary Assistant Course (VAC) is a 10-week course, designed to help people start or strengthen a career in veterinary assisting. It's a practical, hands-on experience, with small classes and lots of individual attention during its 100+ hour curriculum.

We've worked closely with educators, veterinary professionals, and business owners to develop a well-rounded education, focused on the needs of potential employers.

Log in to the student portal

To apply for the course, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Submit an Application

To apply for the program, please indicate your interest by submitting our Enrollment Form.

Before you apply, please ensure that you have read and agree with the terms in our Memorandum of Understanding.

Step 2: Submit Your Payment

Once you have been accepted into the program, you can either make one payment of $500 or two payments of $250. Whichever option you choose, full payment must be received before classes start.


Step 3: Prepare For Arrival

Please make sure you are familiar with our curriculum and the following documents:

Class Locations Download
Sample Class Schedule Download
Supply List Download

FAQs

How long is the Veterinary Assistant Course (VAC)?

The course is ten weeks, with an additional week added for students to complete their shadowing. For details, please see our Class Schedule.

When are classes?

Classes are held Monday – Thursday, generally beginning at 5:30 pm and ending by 8:00 pm. Labs are on Fridays, beginning at 8:00 am and ending by 3:30 pm. For details, please see our Class Schedule.

Where will classes be held?

The classes will be held in several locations: Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Training Center, Asheville Humane Society, or A-B Tech (at the Buncombe County Animal Shelter). For more details, please see our Class Locations.

How much does it cost?

The course costs $500, and fees are due by the first day of classes. Please see payment options here.

Am I required to purchase anything for the course?

Yes, students are required to obtain selected textbooks, solid-color scrub uniforms, and tennis shoes. Please see our Supply List for more details.

After the VAC is complete, do you get a certificate or degree?

After completion of the ten-week course, and twelve hours of shadowing at an approved veterinary facility, you will get a certificate from Humane Alliance confirming that you have successfully completed the program.

What is the difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary assistant?

To become a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), you must acquire a two-year degree (at minimum) and sit for a national examination after your schooling is completed. Much like a human nurse, you are licensed by your state’s veterinary board, and must pay associated annual fees. Veterinary Assistants are often trained on the job. Some have completed some type of Veterinary Assistant program and gained a certification much like the one we offer.

Do you help VAC alumni with job placement?

We have a job connector section on our website, where we encourage clinics and veterinary facilities in the WNC area to post if they are hiring, and applicants to post if they are looking for positions. Often, when you complete your shadowing hours, you make contacts that can help you find a job. The Veterinary Assistant Course also has an optional class that assists students with resume-building and interview skills.

Who can I contact if I have further questions that are not answered here?

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