Become a Veterinary Assistant

kelseysIn February of 2012, Bolton Veterinary Hospital partnered with Manchester Community College to provide a veterinary assistant program as part of their non-credit degree program. The program was developed to address the need within the veterinary profession for entry level assistant positions. The program is accredited and follows the requirements set by NAVTA (the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, for veterinary assistants.

The course is run in two sections, Veterinary Assistant 1 and Veterinary Assistant 2, on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings to accommodate adult learners. Classes conducted at the college include lectures in technologically updated classrooms, computer training and laboratory use. Bolton Veterinary Hospital classes incorporate live animals in demonstration and lecture. Lectures are combined with practical applications of objectives covered. Some of the topics included in the course are customer service, medical records, reception etiquette, animal restraint, exam room assistance, parasite evaluation, caring for hospitalized patients and surgical preparation.

eileenmThe course is instructed by Erin Jackson CVT who has over 13 years of experience working at Bolton Veterinary Hospital as a veterinary technician and supervisor. Denise Champagne CVT has over 20 year of experience in the veterinary industry working at Bolton Veterinary Hospital and involvement with CVMA (Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association). Lynne Zelinsky DVM, an Associate Veterinarian at Bolton Veterinary Hospital, provides her expertise in working with small animals and exotics.

Any questions regarding the course content may be directed to Erin Jackson via email at Please refer to the Manchester Community College website at for class schedule and registration information.