- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) - The Community College of Rhode Island is offering a veterinary assistant training program this spring.

The program to be offered by the college’s Center for Workforce and Community Education will help prepare students to assist in the care of animals in veterinary offices as well as shelters and animal hospitals. They will also receive training in important office tasks and communicating with pet owners.

The college says in a statement that the demand for trained veterinary assistants is growing, with the U.S. Department of Labor projecting an increase of employment of up to 35 percent in the decade ending in 2016.

The 15-week course that starts March 7 costs $1,800 and will be held at the Knight Campus in Warwick. An information session is scheduled for Jan. 7.

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