National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: December 1, 2014
Veterinary Dental Radiographic Interpretation 5 Part Series ON DEMAND WEBINAR
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Date: December 1, 2014
Simple and Surgical Extractions in the Dog and Cat 5 Part Series ON DEMAND WEBINAR
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Date: December 4, 2014
Keeping the Family-Pet Bond Strong- Through the Senior Years
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:: NAVTA News ::

NAVTA Technician Case Report Presentations!

November 3, 2014 Had an interesting case recently that you’d like to share? Wondering if you would enjoy public speaking? Or want to begin lecturing? Submit a case report for consideration using the guidelines listed below. If your case is selected you will present your
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Obesity Prevention Day

October 8, 2014 According to last year’s survey by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, an estimated 57.6 percent of cats and 52.6 percent of dogs in the U.S. are considered overweight or obese. In addition to a decreased life-expectancy, animals that are ove
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Become an Assistant!


So you want to be a veterinary assistant?

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a veterinary assistant, there are several things you need to know, including:

  • What a veterinary assistant is and the duties they perform
  • Education and training
  • Career opportunities

What is a veterinary assistant?

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:

  • Kennel work
  • Assisting with the handling of animals
  • Feeding and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and setting up equipment
  • Clerical work

What kind of education / training do I need?

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

What are my career options?

Although many assistants are employed in a clinical setting, there are  other options for veterinary assistants including opportunities in:

  • Industry / laboratories
  • Humane societies
  • Zoos and wildlife parks

Visit our Career Center for job postings.