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APPROVED VETERINARY ASSISTANT
While every position within the veterinary practice team is important, veterinary assistants play a pivotal role, literally. In the course of a single day, an assistant provides help to veterinarians and veterinary technicians which in turn allows those team members to perform the tasks and responsibilities of their positions. The next minute, the assistant may be helping a client understand why having their pet's teeth cleaned is so important or providing a receptionist with a second set of hands at the front desk. Helping to fill scripts, keeping exams rooms cleaned and prepped, setting up lab work, helping with inventory, updating medical records, assisting with nursing care - there are more things that veterinary assistants do in a day than most people realize.
In recognition of the contributions veterinary assistants make to the practice team and to the health of pets, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has created the
Approved Veterinary Assistant
designation. Basically, upon graduation from a NAVTA approved veterinary assistant program, a participant would be eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant Examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, the participant would be entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate.
NAVTA understands that there are team members who have been assistants for many years and who have amassed a number of skills and a large degree of knowledge. For a limited time, NAVTA is providing those assistants with an option which will allow for verification of knowledge. In order to qualify, the participant must have 5 or more years of experience as a veterinary assistant and successfully complete the
Experienced Assistant Qualifying Option
. Click on the preceding link to learn more about this option.
The final examination is offered here on the VetMedTeam website. In order to qualify to sit the final exam, participants must obtain a code from their assistant program which would be used in the VetMedTeam shopping cart. A clinical mentor, a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician, will need to proctor the examination by observing the candidate as the exam is taken. To learn more about the process please visit the information page for the
Approved Veterinary Assistant Examination
. If you have your code and are ready to submit payment for the exam please use the same link as well.
More information on this opportunity is available in the
area on the NAVTA website.
Both versions of the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program have been approved by
. Graduates qualify to sit for the examination.
Please visit our
Approved Veterinary Assistant FAQ
page to learn more about both the VetMedTeam Program options and sitting the AVA examination.
What does SOAP stand for?
A lard-based product used as a surgical scrub
Standardized, Operating, Accessible, Procedures
Subjective, Objective, Assessment, Plan
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