How To Become An Approved Veterinary Assistant Step-by-Step — MedCerts

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An Approved Veterinary Assistant works with veterinarians and veterinary technicians. They provide support by caring for animals in the clinic or animal hospital, feeding them, bathing them, and playing with them. They also make sure exam rooms are patient-ready, sterilize medical equipment, and assist with laboratory testing. In short, they help ensure a clinic runs smoothly and that pets get the best care possible.

If you’ve been considering a career working with animals, here’s your step-by-step guide on becoming an approved veterinary assistant with MedCerts.

Determine Your “Why”

Becoming an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) involves passing an exam to receive certification from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Aspiring vet assistants choose this certification for many reasons:

  • To receive a solid education and expert-led training before entering the field

  • For more job opportunities

  • For a higher starting salary

  • From a desire to work with animals

Determine why you want to obtain your certification. It can help keep you on track and provide the motivation you need to succeed.

Research Programs and Schools

Between local community colleges, online colleges, and MedCerts, there are several ways to start a new career as an approved veterinary assistant. Along with cost, be sure to look at factors such as:

  • What your cost includes

  • Program length

  • Schedule flexibility

  • Student support options

  • How the program prepares you for a career as an approved veterinary assistant

You’ll also want to consider your schedule and needs. A community college may be the more traditional route, but it can be more expensive. It also requires you to attend in-person classes on a set schedule. Online colleges and MedCerts offer more flexibility. What sets MedCerts apart is that we provide the support you need to succeed, from program selection and enrollment to exam prep and job placement.

Check Your Eligibility

Every program has its own set of eligibility requirements. MedCerts requires students to have:

  • A high school diploma or GED

  • Six months of relevant experience or an associate’s degree

  • Access to a web browser and internet connection

  • Registration and payment

Making sure you meet a program’s requirements before you apply will help ensure your acceptance.

Reach Out to MedCerts Directly for More Information

MedCerts is there for every student every step of the way. We encourage you to reach out if you have any additional questions about the Vet Assistant program. We want you to have all of the information you need to make the right choice for you.

Fill Out An Application

If you decide that MedCerts is the right fit for you, your next step is to fill out an application online.

Complete the Program and Take the AVA Exam

The MedCerts Vet Assistant program consists of five four-week courses during which you’ll learn from industry experts about:

  • Animal anatomy and physiology

  • Medical terminology

  • Animal diseases

  • How to care for animals in a clinic

  • How to provide emergency first aid to injured and sick animals

Following your online courses, you’ll need to complete a 120-hour externship. You’ll work with potential employers and receive valuable hands-on experience. Then you can sit for the AVA certification examination.

Become an Approved Veterinary Assistant With MedCerts

Have you always dreamed of working with animals? MedCerts is here to help you turn that desire into a reality with our Vet Assistant program. In addition to flexible and convenient education and training, you’ll have a personal student success advisor and tailored support based on performance and behavior. In as little as 26 weeks, you’ll be ready to take the AVA exam and start a rewarding career in the veterinary field.

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Written by Dana Janssen
Chief Product Officer

Dana has over twenty (20) years’ experience in Allied Healthcare and Education, and currently serves as the Chief Product Officer for MedCerts where he is responsible for product vision and strategy, research, and development.

Dana joined MedCerts upon its founding in 2009, and has led the research, development, and production of the entire catalog of programs that have helped MedCerts transform the distance learning landscape. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies and innovative instructional design practices, Dana and his team have pioneered the development of the MedCerts 12 Elements of eLearning. Each MedCerts program contains a proprietary blend of these engaging, interactive, and entertaining elements that effectively accommodate learners of all types. Dana is deeply in-tune with the needs of today’s healthcare employers and is an expert in careers and certifications related to allied health.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (BS) degree from Valparaiso University, and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Davenport University. Dana is an avid sports fan and in his free time enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, knifemaking, and spending time with his family and pets.

Published on September 7, 2022

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