Please refer to the current Continuing Education Schedule of Classes for upcoming dates and times.
Becoming a Veterinary Office Assistant is a rewarding career in a growing field. As a Veterinary Office Assistant you can work with animals and be part of a professional veterinary staff, nature center, wildlife center, or animal sanctuary. The program includes the individual courses of Small Animal Care and Management, Veterinary Assisting, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Administrative Assistant Training, and QuickBooks. The (NEW!) class listed, Reptile Care and Management, is optional but recommended.
Learn how to interact with animals and their owners, obtain animal health histories and records, understand veterinary medical terminology, recognize the major breeds of various animals, assist the veterinarian with caring for animals, assist with surgical and treatment procedures, recognize signs and symptoms of illness and disease, and perform administrative duties in the veterinarian office.
Course Length: 144 hours
Administrative Assistant Training
Learn to master the essentials of managerial and staff support. You will be trained to understand information and records management, communications technology, travel and meeting coordination, space planning, and office equipment in addition to Microsoft Office Professional.
Course Length: 90 hours
Small Animal Care & Management
Prepare for an entry-level position as a professional animal care technician. Course topics will include basic small animal anatomy, animal safety, handling/controlling small animals, parasite recognition, animal first aid, and skin disorders.
Course Length: 42 hours
Reptile Care and Management (NEW!)
The class is designed to provide the knowledge for keeping, breeding, and the rehabilitation of indigenous and exotic reptiles, crocodilian and amphibians. The focus will be on species specific natural history and behavior; nutritional needs and food preparation; health and safety practices; handling and restraint for healthy and injured reptiles; caging and husbandry; physical exam and diagnosing; rescue, capture, and transport; and basic injury care of reptiles.
Course Length: 42 hours
Prepare for both entry- and advanced-level intern positions in nature centers, wildlife centers, and animal sanctuaries. This course is also designed to meet the requirement for training needed to apply for the NC State Wildlife (small mammal) Permit, as well as the requirement for the Federal Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit. All classes after 1st week will be located at Possumwood Acres in Hubert.
Course Length: 120 hours
Introduction to Quickbooks
Learn the basics of Quickbooks to manage your customers, vendors, and employee accounting needs.
Course Length: 24 hours