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) since 2011 for the training of assistants and qualifies our graduates to take the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation exam.

The program is designed for:

  • students 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

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

 

Pricing

An important component of determining if something has value is to first explore benefits and features. The information on this page, and the next page, provides that information.

We realize that cost is a factor and that many potential students and practices wish to know program fees as soon as possible.

Payment Options:

Full fee paid up front: $825.00

Paid in 3 installments total fee $888.00:

Payment #1: $560.00
Payment #2: $164.00
Payment #3: $164.00

Please continue to review the information on this page and then use the link at the bottom to move on to the second information page. The second page includes directions on how to begin the program enrollment process

Prospective students who are not currently working in a practice should not submit a VetMedTeam membership form until directed to do so.

 

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.

 

Program Facilitator and Course Instructors

Program Facilitator:
Lisa Keys, BS, CVT

Course Instructors:
Linda Merrill, LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (AVTCP)
Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)
Nichole Zellner, DVM
Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA-CPT, 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.

 

Participant Feedback

...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 :)

...I feel the clinical portion was the most rewarding part of the course where I have learned the most. I'm also much more confident in this field now than I was before the experience and cannot wait to continue further with it as my career! I couldn't be happier with choosing this course!

...I found the hands on experience in general very beneficial. Since I am new to the field I was a bit hesitant on the different restraints and drawing vaccines, but I am now a lot more confident in my abilities. I also enjoyed watching the different surgeries being done as well as dental surgeries. Watching these processes made me more inspired to want to continue in the future and complete a veterinary technician program. I feel that being exposed or witnessing some of the euthanasias happening along with the processes done after the euthanasia is complete helped test me to see if I can handle those kinds of situations as I continue a career in this field. Overall I feel much more comfortable with working in this field than I did before the clinical. 

...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)

... I am a personal client of and have known team members at the practice for some time where I did my clinical. These girls were always kind in taking time to demonstrate or share tips for success. The experience has left me wanting to get full on Veterinary Tech certification, however that level of schooling is not possible for me right now. That being said though, being immersed in the practice has been invaluable.

...I found two aspects of the online program to be most beneficial. First, the free education supplements helped greatly over a variety of topic areas. Many were clearly presented and I was able to take notes that I can use throughout my practice. Second, I found that the exams helped material I was studying, especially technical material, become focused.

...Each module reinforced learning material through reading, writing and viewing. Content was excellent, and the feedback from instructors was very helpful. For me, the most important and beneficial modules were those about laboratory, parasitology, and radiology.

...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.

...Being able to work at one's own pace was very beneficial for me. All the chapters cover a good variety of material that will be needed in this profession. The assignments are a good way of having the student do research on topics and get a 'deeper' understanding of the 'whys' and 'hows' of different subjects within the veterinary profession, especially when doing on-line research, as it led me to learn other things as well. If a student studies hard and spends the time to understand all the chapters they will do fine!

...The overview of the veterinary profession was very helpful to me. I appreciated having a practical introduction to the organization of an average veterinary clinic and the laws and regulations governing the veterinary profession.

...I did like the Compassion Fatigue training. I had a hard time during the first week of the externship. I cried a lot, sometimes all the way home in the car, and it would take a while for the dark cloud around my head to go away. I wondered if I should even continue with any of this. The training helped me out just by making me aware of compassion fatigue, and making me give myself some decompression "me" time. I still cried at every euthanasia, but I was able to be sad and then move on a few minutes later.

...The book was the most beneficial. There is a lot of great illustrations in the book and charts that are great for a visual learner like me. And I enjoyed the free courses that were assigned as well.

...For me, the ones that I needed the most were on anatomy and physiology, the surgical part of it, and parts of the nursing care. I've had a good deal of some of the subjects as I've worked in a veterinary office for 10+ years and a lab setting for 11 years previously. I have also completed the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification years previous. .

...I really enjoyed all aspects of the course and it does give me greater insight at work even though I've been doing the job since 2008. Like I've said before we are a rural clinic and I just can't believe how far veterinary medicine has come and what all is out there for our beloved four legged family members.

...Learning the day to day things that I do in an actual practice! It's a new practice so this information was helpful to not only myself but the set up for certain things in the practice such as: the various forms that are used, OSHA standards, and PPE.

...I loved all of it, but I particularly enjoyed the pharmacy and pharmacology section. I like to know exactly what I'm working with, and so learning about the chemicals and medicines that I handle every day (without having to bother a doctor or tech at work with my questions) was very helpful.

...I appreciated the challenge most of all as I received little training at work that was cohesive or communicated well.

...Osha info and MSDS info helped me as that is really overlooked at the clinic.

...I really liked everything about this program it was nice to be able to work while going to school and learning from the textbook then being able to do hands on stuff. I really enjoyed this program.

 

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 .