Call: (760)795-6820

Who Should Attend:
This training is appropriate for those seeking employment in veterinary practices, laboratories, animal hospitals, shelters and clinics.

Students must be a minimum of 18 years of age and a have completed high school or its equivalent.
Students must be proficient in keyboarding, has a basic understanding of a word processing computer program, and has a command of English grammar and punctuation. No veterinary office work experience is required. Students will be required to have access to the Internet, printing capabilities, and an email address. An English pre-assessment test will be administered on the first class meeting to assure student success.

Classes will be held twice a year, one in spring, and one in early fall.
Training Time: 60 hours of classroom instruction and includes an opportunity for 40 hours of externship at the conclusion of the training.  This is a not-for-credit course.
Class Dates: 10 Saturdays, 9/26/15 - 12/19/15    9am-4pm.
Location:  MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute, 2075 Las Palmas Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92011
Cost:$980 (WIOA funding approved)
Textbook: Students will need to purchase book "Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications" by Beth Vanhorn and Robert Clark.  Available on
Instructor: Ellen Teneriello   Click HERE to read all about her!

Skill Sets:
At the end of this course, the participant will be able to:
o Display skill and confidence in interacting with animals and their owners
o Utilize veterinary medical terminology in speech and documentation
o Identify the major breeds of various animals
o Demonstrate the basics of responsible animal care
o Describe the roles and responsibilities of a veterinary assistant
o Demonstrate measures that prevent injury to animals, their owners, and the veterinary team
o Outline proper office and compartment cleaning methods
o Communicate effectively with a veterinary team
o Assist a veterinarian with caring for animals and assist with surgical and treatment procedures
o Handle animal specimens correctly and process them accurately
o Perform administrative duties necessary to the smooth operation of a veterinary office, such as scheduling appointments and handling billing and collections
o Discuss legal, ethical and professional standards
Students are expected to attend 90% of the course (this includes tardiness and leaving early).

Students are evaluated through class discussion, skills demonstration, and competency based testing.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a Certificate of Accomplishment from MiraCosta College.

MyCAA Funding Available for Military Spouse!

This program is WIA and MyCAA funded and we are awaiting word on GI Bill approval. Funding is also available through North County Lifeline of Vista. Call (760) 726-4900 to see if you qualify for a full scholarship!

Our Veterinary Assistant Program Instructor:

Ellen C Teneriello, RVT, LATG, MPA


   Active participant on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
   Service on subcommittees to reevaluate policies: " Breeding, training, transportation, inter-Institutional, anesthesia, surgery, neoplasia
   Maintain federally mandated records
   Serve as consultative role with faculty and staff on academic and research problems and/or concerns
   20 years management and supervisory role in research and academic environments
   8 years as veterinary technician in different types of hospitals - Small Animal, Emergency and Exotic Animal Hospitals
   Active leadership role in writing grant proposals
   Disciplines include: Bio Sciences, Neurosciences, Biochemistry, Marine Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Reproductive Physiology, Psychology
Manage on and off campus research facilities



   Immunology Laboratory Course: Immunology 330 (1987-1995)
   Teaching Assistant: Molecular Approached to Immunology (1995)
   New research staff training
   MiraCosta College Instructor for Veterinary Assistant Program

Mt San Antonio College
A.S., Animal Health Technology
June 1980

University of La Verne
B.S., Organizational Management
Graduated with Departmental Honors
May 2000

California State University, Long Beach
Masters Degree Public Policy and Administration
Recipient of University Artists and Scholars Award
December 2003


California State Registered Veterinary Technician, License #1609
American Association for Laboratory Animals Science (AALAS)
Laboratory Animal Technician (1986)
Laboratory Animal Technologist (1988)
Certified IACUC Professional Administrator (2011)


California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA)
National American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)
San Diego Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SD-AALAS)
Palms to Pines Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Sciences (PTP-AALAS)


Southern California Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animals Science (SCB-AALAS)
Treasurer 1991/92 , Technician Branch Representative 1989/90
Member of the Year Award 1991
Palms to Pines Branch of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (PTPB-AALAS)
Programs Chair 2007, District 8 Council Representative 2005-07, Treasure 2006, President 2005, 1993, 1994, Secretary 1995, Board of Director 1996/97, Board of Director 2002-04
National AALAS Veterinary Technician Committee 2006-08
Mt San Antonio College: RVT. Program Advisory Board of Director, 1998-Present
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Accreditation Site Inspection Team Member 2001-05
This is Ellen performaing a mock surgery with our 5th - 7th grade students in the MiraCosta College for Kids Vet Tech class.    August, 2012.

Come to our FREE Orientation on
Thursday, Aug.27, 2015 7pm - at the MiraCosta College Technology Career Institute.