VETMEDTEAM VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROGRAM - EXPERIENTIAL LEARNER - OLD VERSION

 

 

Course Description


This course runs continuously - students may register at any time.

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program - Experiential Learner has been designed for those members of the practice team that already have experience as a veterinary assistant (working for all that time at a veterinary practice caring for client owned animals) for 5 or more years within the past 8 years. Candidates must have worked a minimum of 20 hours a week. In addition, this fast-track option is available to those who have completed one year of formal education in an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program.

The program runs for 8 weeks and is directly supervised and instructed by the VetMedTeam CE Director. Those interested must be approved by VetMedTeam prior to beginning the Program. Use this link Experiential Resume to submit your qualifications. You must be logged in to access this form.

If you wish to be considered for this option based on your enrollment in a veterinary technology program, please email a copy of your applicable transcript to CE@vetmedteam.com.

  • The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program - Experiential Learner curriculum is a series of eight modules covering veterinary technician assistant training information.
  • Program articulates to select veterinary technology programs.
  • Program has been approved by the NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America) education committee for assistant training...one of only two such approved programs.
  • This fast-track option is directly supervised and instructed by a credentialed veterinary technician.
  • An excellent way for experienced assistants to obtain formal documentation of their knowledge and skills.
  • Superior content value to course fee ratio as this option is offered at a reduced rate compared to the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Training Program.

Employment Requirement: Students are required (no exceptions) to be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week actively as an 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.

 

Learning Objectives


  • To acquire a solid foundation upon which to build a career in veterinary medicine.

 

Course Content

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program - Experiential Learner covers Communications/Client Relations, Office/Hospital Procedures, Animal Nursing, Exam Room Procedures, Surgical Prep and Assisting, Laboratory Procedures, Radiology, and Pharmacology.

 

Required Materials

No additional materials are required. All course content is contained online.

 

Testimonials

...I felt like the individual components helped to reinforce the clinical skills and approaches I do on a daily basis.

...I thought it was a very good course. I think in my position at work, I knew much of the course material already. There were some things that were new to me as far as hospital and inventory management.

...The time you could spend was up to the student. There was plenty of time to get it done, at your own pace.

 

Student Login Requirements

VetMedTeam courses are asynchronous - they do not contain real time components. Students log in while a course is in session at times convenient to personal schedules.

 

Course Completion Requirements


The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program - Experiential Learner contains a practical component - the 8 skills check lists. A mentor agreement must be completed by a practice veterinarian or credentialed technician, and submitted to VetMedTeam after program enrollment. The practice mentor(s) will work with the student towards completion of the skills lists.

Students are required to complete a skills checklist for each module and receive a minimum grade of 80% on each of the 8 examinations in order to complete the program successfully. This fast-track option is designed to be completed in eight weeks.

 

Recommended Student Criteria

The VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program - Experiential Learner has been designed for those members of the practice team that already have experience as a veterinary assistant (working for all that time at a veterinary practice caring for client owned animals) for 5 or more years within the past 8 years. In addition, this fast-track option is available to those who have completed one year of formal education in an AVMA accredited veterinary technology program.

Employment Requirement: Students are required (no exceptions) to be employed a minimum of 20 hours per week actively as an 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.

 

Course Writer

This Program was written by a team of veterinary technician educators

 

Course Instructor

Pat Telschow, BS, LVTPat Telschow, BS, LVT

Pat started her career in veterinary medicine as a receptionist for a small animal practice. Through the encouragement of a veterinarian, she pursued her associate's degree in veterinary science technology at Suffolk County Community College and graduated with high honors. In addition, she has a B.S. in Education from Adelphi University. Pat has worked for 20 years at the Miller Place Animal Hospital on Long Island, NY as a licensed veterinary technician and now is the practice liaison where she truly enjoys the team environment.

Pat has been a VetMedTeamer since its inception. She has enjoyed working in various positions with the staff and members of VetMedTeam. Her employment started with welcoming new members to working her way up to CE Director. Pat decided to slow down her work schedule in 2009, but continues as a course instructor and the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program Facilitator. Pat is also on the Editorial Board for the NAVTA Journal.

Pat has been married to her husband, Glenn, for 45 years. They have 2 adult children, Kristian and Meredith. Kristian has blessed us with 2 perfect grandsons. Meredith shares her mother's passion for veterinary medicine and is also an LVT. Pat and Glenn's empty nest is filled with 3 kitties - Winkie, Tarzan and Nimic, a red slider turtle - Popeye, a little clown (Pekingese/Shih Tzu/Chihuahua mix) - Luci and an adorable Yorkie - Ricki. Every one of her pets is a rescue from many different events in her life.

 

Upcoming Sessions

 

Pricing

Price: $465.00


This course runs continuously - students may register at any time.

 

In addition, you many use your MERIAL® Rewards Visa® Prepaid Card to pay for courses. If you are not enrolled in the MERIAL Rewards program, ask your Merial Sales Representative or call 1-800-307-7000. If you do not have enough points and wish to supplement your payment with another card, please write to CE@VetMedTeam.com.