The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program (VMTVAP) is approved by NAVTA for the training of assistants and qualifies graduates to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation exam. In addition, the program articulates for college credit at a number of the AVMA accredited technology programs.
Why Formal Training for Veterinary Assistants?
The veterinary assistant (VA) is a vital member of the practice team. The primary responsibility of the VA is to support the practice's credentialed technicians and veterinarians so that they may perform their tasks quickly and efficiently, providing the highest level of care for patients.For more information regarding the roles of the members of the practice team please download this pdf document The Veterinary Healthcare Team
VAs cannot reach their full potential without a strong foundation of both instructional and skills training. An added benefit of a well-trained and empowered VA is job satisfaction and a decrease in employee turnover. For most practices, setting up an in-house VA training program is difficult due to time and personnel restraints. Historically, the VA has been trained "on the job" but that method of training leaves gaps in knowledge and does not allow the VA to learn a large number of needed skills. Often the credentialed technician or veterinarian performs tasks that could otherwise be handled by the VA if appropriate training was provided.
Why Not Just Learn From a Textbook?
The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program is designed specifically for working VAs. It combines both core content covering all areas of assistant responsibility, extensive practical assignments designed to help the participant absorb and utilize the new knowledge, examinations to help pinpoint areas needing further work, and skills check lists to confirm the ability to perform hands-on VA tasks. This combination of instructional features is designed to provide a well-rounded education in all areas of the practice.
But What About the Practice's Role in Training?
VetMedTeam believes that it is vitally important for the practice to be involved during the training process. A clinical mentor, a credentialed technician or veterinarian, works with the student, utilizing the skills checklists, to provide skills training and verification. This requirement allows the practice to be part of the training team.
Is Employment as a VA Required to Participate?
Students are required, without exception, to be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week. The prospective student must perform the work of a veterinary assistant in a practice which provides full medical care to clients with privately owned animals.
Shadowing, volunteering, or working as a receptionist or a kennel assistant will not provide the needed hands-on experience required to complete the course. Those employed in animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, or volunteering at either, do not fall within the guidelines.
Experienced Assistants: VAs with 5 or more years experience as a veterinary assistant may qualify for the "fast-track" Experiential Learner program option. For more information use this link VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program: Experiential Learner.
OK - How Does This All Work?
Sections of this page provide more in-depth informaton regarding the program and its features and benefits. If you have any questions about the program please do not hesitate to let us know via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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