National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

:: Upcoming Events ::

Date: April 25, 2014
TECH120-0414: Practical Review for Veterinary Technicians: VTNE Preparation Class S2014
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Date: April 27, 2014
Veterinary Specialty Hospital 4th Annual Symposium
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Date: April 29, 2014
STAF168-0414: Training - Building Your Dream Team
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:: NAVTA News ::

California Adds the VTNE o the Veterinary Technician Licensure Procedure

February 24, 2014 Kansas City, MO (February 21, 2014) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and the California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) announced today that the AAVSB's Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) will become part of the
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California Adds the VTNE o the Veterinary Technician Licensure Procedure

February 24, 2014 Kansas City, MO (February 21, 2014) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) and the California Veterinary Medical Board (VMB) announced today that the AAVSB's Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE) will become part of the
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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.