People who love animals and would like to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant should contact The BEST Center at Genesee Community College, which offers several noncredit online courses that prepare students for an exciting new occupation as an administrative veterinary assistant.
Students in the program learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. Online courses cover interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, and how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are emphasized and the program contains basic information about pet insurance.
Most veterinary assistants work in animal hospitals and clinics, although some work at research installations where animals are used, in zoos, or as groomers and trainers. Some veterinary assistants choose to specialize in the care of farm animals and accompany veterinarians when they visit farms and ranches. The number of jobs for veterinary assistants is expected to continue growing rapidly in the coming years. The number of pets continues to increase and people are willing to spend more and more on their health.
Most courses for Genesee’s Veterinary Assistant certificate are conveniently available online, allowing students to fit classes into their busy schedules. Course materials are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any location. Online study not only fits into demanding schedules, it also teaches skills in using technologies that will be critical to careers in the 21st century.
For more information about Genesee’s noncredit course listings, contact Ray Chaya, Director of Business Skills Training at The BEST Center: 585-343-0055 x6269 or go to: www.bestcenter.org