VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program Is NAVTA Approved

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program (VMTVAP) has been approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) for the training of assistants since it was initially created in 2001. The program is constantly reviewed and updated. Our VA program qualifies graduates to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation exam.

The program is designed for:

  • those who are seeking training so they can meet the requirements of practices to land that first job
  • working veterinary assistants who wish to deepen their knowledge and increase their skills
  • veterinary practices seeking to supplement their in-house training protocols
  • those seeking eligibility to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination

The program is available regardless of geographical location as long as the program requirements can be met. Proof of high school graduation is not required. Program requirements are explained in more detail on info page #2.


Approved Veterinary Assistant Pass Rate For VetMedTeam Graduates

Attaining the Approved Veterinary Assistant designation is well within reach upon graduation from the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program.

The AVA pass rate for our VA graduates is 99%.


Why VetMedTeam?

VetMedTeam's focus is providing continuing education for veterinary professionals and members of the veterinary practice team. It is what we do. We don't offer courses in auto mechanics or other career fields. We concentrate our time and resources on veterinary focused education and have been doing so since 1999.

Our course instructors are experts in their areas, including VTS Technicians, Board Certified Veterinarians, and Certified Veterinary Practice Managers. Our instructors are actively working in the field and bring that "in the trenches" expertise to their instructing. Visit our "About VetMedTeam: Instructors" page to learn more about our instructing team.

Because we are only veterinary focused, we not only want to provide excellent veterinary assistant training for the sake of the student but we strive to provide courses that will help the veterinary practice team offer the best possible care for patients. At the end of the day if we have helped increase the skill and knowledge of the veterinary practice team, and if we have made a positive impact on the quality of care provided to animals, then it has been a good day.

Why is this important? Because selecting the right veterinary assistant program can have a impact on your future, no matter if you are currently working in a practice, seeking deeper training, or your goal is to land your first practice position. And it is important to have as much information as possible when making decisions.

We work closely with The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and are the host for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Take a look at the rest of our course catalog to help you get a better vision of who VetMedTeam is and why we are different.


Some Feedback From Our VA Program Graduates

Responses to the question "Would you recommend the VetMedTeam VA Program to others?":

...Yes! Having the flexibility of an online course is a huge benefit, especially since I work full time and have other university work. It allows you to pace yourself at a speed that works for you, while also allowing you to practice self discipline to make sure you are staying on top of the work. In the summer I said goodbye to my dog, and the instructors were very lenient for providing me with an extension on one of my courses. Working full time + overtime through COVID also proved difficult to finding time for the course, and once again the instructors were gracious to provide extra time whenever it was needed.

...Absolutley. As said before I had wished I knew of the program sooner. I deeply appreciate that a lot of general practice clinics will hire almost anyone without experience, however I believe courses like this should be required for assistants who wish to continue in this field after 1 year of employment. You can learn so much on the job, but school studies bring another light that broadens knowledge for everyone involved.

...I definitely would recommend this program. It was very feasible to complete during my academic school year and I feel I have the knowledge to start working in a veterinary practice.

...Yes absolutely! I went out on a limb with this program because there was not much information or reviews, but i am so glad i did!! This program cost a small fraction of other programs that offer the same exact thing! Not only that but this program is accredited by the NAVTA and you qualify to take the exam to be an approved veterinary assistant! Now i do have to say, discipline is key when doing this program, you study at your own pace but you do have a deadline and no one but yourself to remind you. If anyone is considering this program but is hesitant or doubtful, don't be just go for it! you won't regret it!

...Yes, I would absolutely recommend this program! It was one of the best decisions I have made lately, and it was an invaluable experience. I feel the theoretical part is so important, and combined with the externship, this program gave me all the necessary skills and made me extremely confident to continue my journey in the veterinary field. It provided me with a well-rounded education, and I am super excited that this program is offered online and that I had the opportunity of taking part in it.

...I would recommend this program to others because it is very straightforward and is inexpensive compared to other programs.

...Yes. I loved the flexibility of the program and timing. And the staff was always very available and responsive. Thank you!

...Yes I would highly recommend this program to others, it is great for working adults, or single parents the work at your own pace was great when having a busy schedule. This was one of the most fun courses for any kind of learning I've done.

...I would defiantly recommended this program to anyone looking to get their foot in the door in the veterinarian field. I loved going into my clinic experience already having some knowledge so i could learn more during my time there. I was also offered a job my last day.

...I would recommend this program due to the national status, the information being taught and the knowledgeable instructors. Most things are clear cut.

...Completion of the program has deepened my knowledge base. It has filled in a lot of the gaps in knowledge. I've worked as an assistant for 1 1/2 years.

...I believe that the subject matter and assignments line up great and it really did prepare me for my time at my clinical. I thought that the related free course assignments were helpful but could be very time consuming but you did not have to finish them in one sitting. My instructors were always super helpful and responded really quickly. I do not believe anything needs improved other than maybe an actual email to get to instructors other than just the question board. I found the clinical experience most beneficial because i personally learn more with hands on.

...Overall I enjoyed these courses, some of them were easy and others challenged me which I enjoyed, the assignments made me really dig into the information that I was learning they went hand in hand with everything in the book, the free courses were a nice extra touch they went in depth on what was being taught, I didn't need much instructor interaction but they were all pretty prompt on grading assignments which I liked so I didn't have to wait long, what I found most beneficial was the externship portion,it let me explore what I learned but also taught me some extra stuff that I did not know. I think the courses and the layout of the program were perfect for me and I wouldn't have changed anything.

...I thought it would be nice to mention that my clinical site offered me a job on my last day, which I happily accepted. Thank you for all you do in helping us students :)

...The textbook and assignments were all great! I particularly enjoyed some of the "real world" scenarios in the assignments. The assignments were a great way to give me a summary of what I read in the textbook. Although I needed to be taught all of the things on the clinical experience skill list, I still felt more confident doing them because I had already learned so much beforehand and had a basic understanding of why and how things were done. The instructors were helpful with their feedback and answered my questions in a way that was easy to understand.

...I thought the program was an excellent one. All the materials I read and learned from were very relevant to my role as a VA. When I showed up to do the clinical I felt comfortable with my knowledge and that the team at the practice could tell I have had effective training. I had a great time completing the course and I am looking forward to my career as a VA. (Admin note: participant was hired by the practice)

...The assignments were very helpful. The textbook did a good job of explaining the "how" behind the concepts, but the assignments encouraged me to sit down and really think about the "why" behind the concepts. By understanding the underlying principles of the techniques described in the text, I was able to develop a sort of veterinary "common sense" which has been very helpful in my new career as a veterinary assistant.

...I would absolutely recommend this program. It has given me the basis knowledge I need to be helpful in this field as an assistant. It gives a wide range of information in an easy-to-understand way.

...I would recommend this program to others. I feel like I learned a lot more than I expected and it gave me a lot of insight to the world of veterinary medicine. In some ways, it made me wish I had started this path a lot sooner! I’m grateful for what I have learned and feel better prepared to work with and help animals.

...Yes, I would recommend this program to others. I feel this course truly helped prepare me to start working at as veterinary assistant. In my opinion, veterinary assistant is a difficult position to begin with no experience or basic knowledge of what is expected.

...I would definitely recommend this program to others, and already have. I was impressed that the instructors are all veterinary professionals and valued their feedback and comments on each course assignment. It was helpful to me to receive that guidance from a real person who has had real experience in this industry.

...I have actually recommended this program to a former co-worker. It's affordable and flexible, and I enjoyed the self-paced study


Program Instructors

Megan Johnson, LVMT
Linda Merrill, LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (AVTCP)
Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)
Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)
Danielle Bolm, RVT, LVT, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
Cathy Trebold, LVT


Why Formal Training For Veterinary Assistants?

The veterinary assistant is a vital member of the practice team. The primary responsibility of the veterinary assistant is to support the practice's credentialed technicians and veterinarians, so they may perform their tasks quickly and efficiently, providing the highest level of care for patients.

For more information regarding the roles of team members in the veterinary practice, please download The Veterinary Healthcare Team.

Veterinary assistant cannot reach their full potential without a strong foundation of both instructional and skills training. An added benefit of a well-trained and empowered veterinary assistant is job satisfaction and a decrease in employee turnover. For most practices, setting up an in-house veterinary assistant training program is difficult due to time and personnel restraints.

Historically, the veterinary assistant has been trained "on the job" but that method of training can leave gaps in knowledge and often does not allow the veterinary assistant to reach their full potential. Often the credentialed technician or veterinarian performs tasks that could otherwise be handled by the veterinary assistant if appropriate training was provided.

Also, it is common for veterinary practices to require prior training for those seeking a veterinary assistant position. Beyond basic training, the AVA designation is a requirement of many practices. The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program has been created to meet the needs of practices for trained team members.


OK Tell Me More About The Program

If you are ready to learn more about the program, including content, materials, contact information, and the enrollment process, use this link VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program Info Page 2 .