National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: September 1, 2014
ON DEMAND WEBINAR: Detailed 5 Part Simple and Surgical Extraction Series in the Dog & Cat
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Date: September 1, 2014
Radiology: Imaging of the Abdominal Cavity
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Date: September 1, 2014
Radiology: Imaging of the Abdominal Cavity
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:: NAVTA News ::


July 14, 2014 Labrador retrievers are less vulnerable than golden retrievers to the long-term health effects of neutering, as evidenced by higher rates of certain joint disorders and devastating cancers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Cali
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WVC Announces Veterinary Continuing Education Program

June 11, 2014 LAS VEGAS - Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) announced today the launch of local events for veterinary professionals seeking continuing education (CE) opportunities closer to home. The new program, called WVC On The Road, will feature day-l
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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.