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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

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Veterinarian Assistants start at $14,000 and can earn up to $37,000 per year. Veterinary Technicians earn up to $41,000 and Veterinarians average $84,000 per year.


Fall 2015 Schedules (August - December 2015)

Community Education
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Workforce Development
Fall 2015 Schedule (.pdf) 

Please be advised that the Interactive PDF versions of the continuing education schedules are for reference only and do not reflect course availability or cancellations. For the most up-to-date information about course availability, please use Online Services.


Veterinary Assistant    High Demand

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Veterinary Assistants feed, water, disinfect cages and work areas, sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment, provide routine post-operative care, and administer medication orally or topically as directed. Veterinary Technicians have knowledge of the medical equipment (such as x-ray machines, heart machines, etc.), administer inoculations, prepare and restrain animals during procedures, suture and dress wounds, and advise pet owners on proper care. Veterinarians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Besides preparing serums for prevention of diseases, a veterinarian prepares tissue samples, takes blood samples, and executes laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts.



Veterinary Assistant

Take advantage of CSM's professional development training for veterinary assistants in just one year. The Veterinary Assistant program gets students into the field quickly. Students can use the job experience to fulfill internship requirements if they later decide to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.

Course Class Hours
SCI-7090 Veterinary Assistant Preparation Course 9
SCI-7100 Veterinary Assistant I: Client Relations and Exam Room Procedures 21
SCI-7110 Veterinary Assistant II: Diagnostic/Pharmacy 41
SCI-7120 Veterinary Assistant III: Patient Care and Nursing 41
SCI-7130 Veterinary Assistant IV: Surgery, Anesthesia, and Emergency Care    41
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For more information contact:
Shaunda Holt
Program Coordinator Adults

For a complete listing of courses that CSM offers, please refer to the Continuing Education Schedule of Classes.

“Employment of veterinary technicians and technologists is relatively stable during periods of economic recession. Layoffs are less likely to occur among veterinary technologists and technicians than in some other occupations because animals will continue to require medical care.”

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics