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 created in 2001. Our VA program qualifies 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

 

Approved Veterinary Assistant 100% 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 100%.

 

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.

 

Some Feedback From Our VA Program Graduates

...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.

 

Program 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)
Lisa Keys, BS, CVT
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 .