VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship Program — MedCerts

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VA 3000A

VetBloom Veterinary Assistant

Apprenticeship Program

This program provides the perfect opportunity to begin your career in the veterinary services industry.

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26  Weeks
Program Length
AVA
Certification
$27,000
Avg. Starting Salary
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Vet Bloom
Issuing Authorities

The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, nor the state of Louisiana, recognizes or certifies Veterinary Assistants.

Interested in Creating an Apprenticeship Program at Your Healthcare Organization?

As a registered apprenticeship intermediary with the Department of Labor, we handle the heavy lifting, certification training and apprenticeship paperwork.

VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship

Healthcare Organization Costs

Employers can pay for the training, use tuition reimbursement funds, or utilize apprenticeship government funding to possibly cover both the training cost and wages.

Monthly Payment Options Starting At $291 Grants Available to Help With

Apprentice participants are promoted to full employees and regular pay rates when they complete their programs.

Training Costs $5,000 At Time of Student Enrollment

MedCerts handles all intermediary responsibilities, paperwork and administrative tasks so the organization doesn't have to.

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What Does a Veterinary Assistant Do?

As a vet assistant, you will provide support to veterinarians and technicians. Some daily tasks include providing quality care for animal patients by feeding, supplying environmental enrichment and running laboratory testing. You’ll work at the front desk staff by greeting clients, providing education on general health topics and medications and ensuring exam rooms are clean and well-stocked.

23,153
Entry Level Jobs in the US
Veterinary Assistants will see available jobs grow 19.6% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
VA 3000A
VetBloom Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary assistants play a vital role in the everyday balance of a veterinary hospital or laboratory. As a vet assistant, you will provide support to veterinarians and technicians. Providing quality care for animal patients by feeding, supplying environmental enrichment, running laboratory testing, and assisting with nursing care are just a few of the things that veterinary assistants do throughout the day.

The skills needed for the AVA exam are taught through comprehensive veterinary assistant training developed by VetBloom (an Ethos Veterinary Health company). You will learn from industry experts all about animal anatomy and physiology, with a focus on dogs and cats, while gaining invaluable knowledge of medical terminology and animal diseases. In addition, you will learn to care for animals in a veterinary clinic, how to sterilize medical equipment, disinfect and maintain rooms and cages, and provide emergency first aid to animals that are injured or sick.

The Registered Apprenticeship program is comprised of MedCerts online training programs as well as 2000 hours of on-the-job training with a sponsoring employer. MedCerts Apprenticeship programs combine class training and “on-the-job training” to provide individuals the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned with an employer to quickly become a strong contributor in the workplace.

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  1. Ability to maintain a safe and clean veterinary hospital environment
  2. Comprehension of basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
  3. Understanding of radiation safety and radiography basics
  4. Knowledge of common diseases and medical conditions
  5. Basic laboratory skills and record-keeping and pharmacology
Vet Apprentice

Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. 6 months of related experience or an Associate’s degree

Materials Included

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. Competency assessments
  3. National Certification exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches

Clinical Requirements

  1. Complete 120 hours of hands-on experience in a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic.
  2. Document and upload hours each week and upload the skills list once completed.
Required Courses
VA 3011

Veterinary Assistant Module 1

35 hours
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

This module provides the veterinary assistant student with an understanding of the human animal bond, expected conduct of the veterinary professional, and how to effectively communicate with clients and coworkers. Basic medical terminology and medical records, including the electronic medical system, are introduced in this module. Zoonotic and contagious diseases are discussed including in-depth coverage of the role of the veterinary assistants and the importance of cleaning in the veterinary hospital and performing correct hand hygiene. Students are taught basic breed identification and animal husbandry including the expectations of treating deceased pets with respect. We begin discussing common medical conditions and diseases of the digestive system. Restraint and handling of the veterinary patient are discussed in depth and are the focus of a large portion of the hands-on teaching. Students also begin learning how to set up equipment necessary for the veterinary technician or veterinarian to perform a variety of common procedures. 

     

VA 3012

Veterinary Assistant Module 2

35 hours
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

The veterinary assistants’ role in assisting the veterinary technician with caring for the hospitalized patient are the focus of this module. An introduction to IV fluids, fluid pumps, fluid lines, and basic calculations are covered. The importance of and how to document hospitalized patient events and treatments, patient assessment and medication administration, and the importance of nutrition are taught. Students also learn how to perform basic medical calculations, basic grooming skills. A basic overview of diseases of the endocrine and urinary systems are taught. 

     

VA 3013

Veterinary Assistant Module 3

35 hours
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

Laboratory record keeping, how to submit samples to outside labs and how to run basic in-house laboratory equipment are covered in this module. Students are taught the basics of veterinary hospital inventory control and how to stock various areas of the veterinary hospital including the exam room, treatment/procedure areas, and the surgical prep area.  Students are introduced to the veterinary pharmacy including the handling of controlled substances and proper medication disposal. Wellness exams, wellness testing, vaccines and an overview of diseases associated with the hematologic, integumental system, and pansystemic system are included in this module

     

VA 3014

Veterinary Assistant Module 4

35 hours
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

This module focuses largely on preparing the veterinary assistant student to assist the surgical technician when setting up for and cleaning up after surgery including how to set up the anesthetic machine and monitoring equipment. Radiation safety and radiology basics are also covered. Having mastered the handling and restraint of the average veterinary patient in previous modules, students are now introduced to the handing of aggressive, compromised, and contagious patients. An overview of nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders are included in this module

     

VA 3015

Veterinary Assistant Module 5

35 hours
Length
4 Weeks
Duration

Basic emergency readiness, triage and the emergency crash cart are introduced in this module. Students are taught client communication and basic phone skills, patient discharge procedures. Basic ophthalmologic and cardiopulmonary diseases are covered. 

     

VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Externship

120 hours
Length
6 Weeks
Duration

Hands-on training and experience are essential to your success as a veterinary assistant! Students work directly with credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinarians as directed by the Externship Site Supervisor observing, practicing, and demonstrating skills required of a veterinary assistant. A checklist of required skills to complete during your externship must be completed and uploaded into VetBloom documenting you have successfully mastered these skills. Please note, students are not issued dosimeter badges by the VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program and therefore should not be in the radiology suite when radiographs are taken. Students may assist with positioning patients as directed by a credentialed technician or veterinarian however must leave the area prior to the radiograph being taken.

Working with actual patients in the veterinary hospital and applying the knowledge and skills you learned during your didactic learning on VetBloom is crucial to your success. Be sure to ask questions of the experienced veterinary technicians and veterinarians to make the most of your clinical externship experience.

Clinical externships are completed at a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program has established relationships with several externship sites around the country. A list of externship sites with their contact information will be provided however other qualifying veterinary hospitals and clinics may be used provided they meet the VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program requirements.  All externship sites must complete our Clinical Externship Site Agreement and the Externship Site Supervisor agreement prior to beginning the externship. The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant program provides an informational online webinar for Externship Site Supervisors to help them better understand the important role they play in your education. Please contact the externship site directly to inquire if they are accepting students, their externship policies, your schedule, etc.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of hands-on experience in a veterinary hospital in a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. Animal handling experience at shelters and animal rescue site is not acceptable for this program. VetBloom will assists students with an externship site. Liability insurance is required during the entire externship and proof of coverage must be provided prior to beginning any externship.

     

Code Course Duration
VA 3011 4 Weeks
VA 3012 4 Weeks
VA 3013 4 Weeks
VA 3014 4 Weeks
VA 3015 4 Weeks
6 Weeks
Total Program Duration 26 Weeks

Eligible Certifications

Veterinary Assistant

Job Opportunities

Career Potential

Veterinary Assistant

$20,000 – $40,000
Estimated Salary

Veterinary Client Service Representative

$30,000 – $35,000
Estimated Salary

Disclaimers

  1. The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, nor the state of Louisiana, recognizes or certifies Veterinary Assistants.
  2. Students wishing to sit for the VetBloom's Approved Vet Assistant (AVA) exam will be required to complete a 120 hour externship. VetBloom will assist students with an externship site.