STCC to offer veterinary assistant training
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Interested in working with animals as a career? Springfield Technical Community College will offer veterinary assistant training beginning Feb. 10.
The course runs through August, with classes meeting Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon. The training marks the first step toward getting a start in a field where the jobs are in high demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, veterinary assistant jobs are expected to grow 19 percent between 2018 and 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
“This is a dream job for many animal lovers,” said Elliot Levy, senior director of the Workforce Development Center at STCC. “Caring for animals provides both a meaningful and rewarding career as well as skilled work that leads to a stable income. We are excited to offer this workforce development opportunity.”
The training prepares students to keep animals healthy, care for them when they are ill, and assist veterinarians in their offices.
The veterinary assistant works directly under the supervision of veterinarians and the veterinary technician as they perform procedures, examinations, and treatments. The veterinary assistant provides basic care for animals, such as feeding and exercising the animals, while learning how to recognize signs of illness and disease, performing laboratory procedures, interacting with clients, and performing general office procedures. Veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics, animal shelters, laboratories, zoos, and animal parks.
For more information and to enroll online, visit stcc.edu/wdc/descriptions/veterinary-assistant. To contact the Workforce Development Center Office, call (413) 755-4225.
About Springfield Technical Community College
Founded in 1967 and located on 35 acres of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, STCC is a major resource for the economic vitality of Western Massachusetts. As the only technical community college in Massachusetts, STCC offers a variety of career programs unequalled in the state. STCC’s highly regarded transfer programs in business, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, liberal arts, and STEM fields continue to provide the most affordable options for students pursuing a four-year degree. With an annual enrollment of about 7,000 day, evening, weekend, and online students, STCC is a vibrant campus rich in diversity.
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