If you are interested in pursuing a career as a veterinary assistant, there are several things you need to know, including:
A veterinary assistant is a member of the veterinary healthcare team that aids the veterinarian and veterinary technician perform daily tasks. Some duties that veterinary assistants perform are:
In 2010, NAVTA created a veterinary assistant approval program. While it is still normal for many assistants to be trained on-the-job, there is now an opportunity for assistants to attend a NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant program. Graduates of these programs will be able to sit for the national approved veterinary assistant exam. With successful completion of the exam, individuals will become an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) and be recognized for their accomplishment with the AVA designation. For more information about the veterinary assistant approval program, click here.
Although many assistants are employed in a clinical setting, there are other options for veterinary assistants including opportunities in:
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