National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: October 4, 2014
MVTA/KVTA Annual Conference
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Date: October 5, 2014
Vet and Tech Dental Course
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Date: October 8, 2014
Separation Anxiety: Unsticking the Velcro Dog
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:: NAVTA News ::

APOP 2014 Pet Obesity Study

September 15, 2014 The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) is collaborating with veterinarians across the United States to conduct its eighth annual National Pet Obesity Awareness Day study that aims to quantify the extent of obesity prevalence in dogs and cats th
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LGVMA Veterinary Technician Student Scholarship 2014

September 4, 2014 The LGVMA is awarding one scholarship ($750) to an outstanding technician student who supports the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Associations mission, and shows leadership in the field of veterinary technology.
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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.