National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America

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Date: March 12, 2015
AAHA Tampa 2015
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Date: March 12, 2015
Sunshine and CE in Picturesque Sedona, AZ
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Date: March 15, 2015
Pharmacology: Conquering the Basics of Drugs
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:: NAVTA News ::

Hill's Strengthens Partnership with Minnesota Urolith Center; More than 85,000 canine and feline urinary stones analyzed in 2014

January 6, 2015 TOPEKA, Kan. (January 6, 2015) - Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc. has extended its partnership with the Minnesota Urolith Center (MUC) to reduce the worldwide incidence of urinary disease in companion animals and to enhance the global veterinary care of pets wi
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2nd Annual NAVTA Case Presentations at NAVC; Saturday January 17, 2015

December 24, 2014 Join NAVTA and these superb veterinary technicians as they present some very interesting cases!
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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.