VETMEDTEAM VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROGRAM TRAINING OPTIONS

 

 

VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Training Options

VetMedTeam offers different options designed to meet the needs of as many potential students as possible. There are offerings for both the employed veterinary assistant and for those who are seeking required training to land their first position.

The sections below provide an overview of the different options, including NAVTA approval status and eligibility to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation examination. After you have determined the best version for you, please click on that version's link to learn more.

If you have any questions please email us at va_program@vetmedteam.com but first please review the information provided below, and on the additional pages, as doing so will help answer many of the most common questions.

 

The Option For Those Not Currently Employed At A Practice

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program: Externship Option is the choice for anyone who is not currently employed as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice. It is designed for students who are seeking employment, especially those who have been told they must have prior training in order to be eligible for employment.

The externship must be performed in any practice which provides full medical care to clients with privately owned animals. Animal shelters, spay/neuter clinics, and similar animal related facilities may not be used for externship. VetMedTeam has partnered with VCA Animal Hospitals to assist students in obtaining a local externship site.

The Externship Option is NAVTA approved and graduates may take the AVA examination.

The fees for this option range from payment in full of $825.00 to $888.00 if paid in 3 installments.

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The Option For Working VAs With Less Than 5 Years Experience

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program is the choice for anyone who is currently employed as a veterinary assistant with less than 5 years of experience.

Students are required, without exception, to be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week as a veterinary assistant. 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. For those who do not fall within these requirements please refer to the Externship Option above.

This version is also NAVTA approved and graduates may take the AVA examination. In addition, this version articulates for college credit.

The fees for this option range from payment in full of $699.00 to $740.00 if paid in 3 installments.

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The Fast-Track Option For Working VAs With 5 Or More Years Of Experience

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program: Experiential Learner Option is the choice for anyone who is employed as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary practice AND who has 5 or more years experience working as a veterinary assistant.

Students are required, without exception, to be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week as a veterinary assistant. 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. For those who do not fall within these requirements please refer to the Externship Option in an upcoming section.

This version is also NAVTA approved and graduates may take the AVA examination. In addition, this version articulates for college credit.

The fee for this option is $299.00.

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The Option For Those Who Need Training But Who Cannot Do An Externship

The VetMedTeam Introduction to Veterinary Assisting course was developed because VetMedTeam recognizes that some people will have a hard time locating a local practice at which to do the externship requirement of the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program: Externship Option. This course may be taken by someone who is seeking introductory level training in order to find employment as well as someone who is already employed.

This course does not contain a practical externship component therefore it is not NAVTA approved, nor do graduates qualify to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant designation examination.

However, the content of this course utilizes the same materials and assignments as the online portion of the NAVTA approved version and therefore provides a quality educational experience.

The fee for this course is $576.00.
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