YCCC is pleased to announce that our Veterinary Assistant certificate program has received accreditation from the National Association of Veterinary Assistants in America (NAVTA). NAVTA is a national organization devoted exclusively to developing and enhancing the profession of veterinary technology, through education, advocacy, and promotion within the industry and to the general public. With this accreditation, YCCC is now the only accredited adult learner program in Maine and is one of less than 30 NAVTA accredited programs in the United States.

YCCC’s Veterinary Assisting Certificate program will train and prepare graduates to work in any veterinary clinic with confidence. Students will study animal anatomy and physiology, nutrition, husbandry, hospital management, pharmaceuticals, laboratory procedures, and surgical nursing. Students will complete 100 volunteer hours at small local hospitals, clinics, and animal welfare organizations under the supervision of a veterinarian or licensed veterinary technician to gain firsthand experience in the field prior to graduation.

“The Veterinary Assistant certificate program is an exciting addition to our Veterinary Technology and Animal Care and Management programs at York County Community College.  The College is committed to the development of program offerings designed to address the needs of industry in Maine, and this certificate is just one example of this work” said Academic Dean, Tracey Cornell. “We are proud to receive accreditation from NAVTA and hope prospective students feel confident that the quality of course offerings and instruction offered at YCCC will prepare them for a rewarding career.”

The NAVTA accreditation of the Veterinary Assistant program allows graduates to take a national certification exam to become Approved Veterinary Assistants. Additionally, certificate coursework aligns with the requirements for the Animal Care and Management Associate in Applied Science degree at YCCC for students who wish to continue their education.

For more information or to apply, click HERE.