Veterinary Assistant - Individuals with Disabilities, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This one semester program prepares students to assist with kennel care, assist veterinary technicians during exams of animals, and provide support throughout the veterinary office. They are employed at animal shelters, animal emergency centers, and veterinary practices.

This career and academic track is designed for students with learning differences and disabilities that impact learning. This track provides instruction that is multisensory, multimodal, personalized, and incorporates elements of universal design for learning.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. build upon skills and knowledge from the Professional Animal Workers (PAWS) program for a more advanced position in the animal care industry.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:
CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

​16 weeks (daytime classes)

Courses start in January/February and August at CCBC Essex.

Program Requirements

Minimum 8th Grade Reading Level and 5th Grade Math Level - according to an assessment administered during an intake interview

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the Single Step Professional Animals Workers (PAWS) program. Internships may require a criminal background check and urinalysis (additional fee).

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Application Process

Application Process:

Selective Entry – Call 443-840-3262 to schedule an interview and assessment. To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application. An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Program Course Sequence

​Course Number




Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



CHA 208

Practical Skills for the Veterinary Assistant





CHA 209

Introduction to Veterinary Assisting





CHA 210

Veterinary Assisting I





CHA 211

Veterinary Assisting II





CHA 212

Biology and Disease for Veterinary Assistants





Course Series Totals:







Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
If an optional internship is elected, students are responsible for the cost of a criminal background check and urinalysis.

Career Opportunities:

Veterinary assistant and entry-level staff at veterinary offices and other animal care related businesses.

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Contact Information

Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Cabana | | 443-840-3262 | Dundalk MASH 104