What does it take to become a Veterinary Assistant?

The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program is an excellent way to gain the knowledge and experience you’ll need for a career in animal health.

By combining online training with practical hands on experience, the VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program will give you the skills you need to enter the animal health care industry in a wide range of positions.

Program Details

The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program is a National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) program.

Successful completion of this program qualifies these individuals to sit for the national Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) exam.

This online 5 module program consists of e-learning modules, written materials, educational videos, quizzes, a mid-term exam, and a final exam. All learning materials are included. We even include a practice exam to help students prepare for the NAVTA AVA credentialing exam! No textbooks are required.

A clinical externship (120-hour minimum) within a veterinary clinic or hospital practicing veterinary assistant skills is also required. The VetBloom Team locates potential externship sites and assists students in securing an externship location. VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program students are provided with liability insurance, which is required by most veterinary hospitals when accepting externship students.

The $100 NAVTA AVA credentialing exam fee is also included in the cost of the program!

Program cost - $899

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Program Details

Examples of what you will learn in this program:

The Dog and cat breed identification

How to maintain a safe and clean veterinary hospital environment

Basic medical terminology

Medical record keeping

Animal husbandry and hygiene between patients

Basic anatomy and physiology

Basic animal restraint

Basic patient nursing care

How to set up for medical and surgical procedures

Common diseases and medical conditions

Clipper care and use

Proper stocking of medical supplies and janitorial needs

Basic medical calculations

Basic laboratory skills and record keeping

Basic pharmacology

Radiation safety and radiography basics

Basic emergency readiness

Phone skills

Patient discharge procedures

How to handle medical waste

Here at VetBloom we are big fans of education…veterinary education particularly. And we have this feeling that the right combination of expertise, sound pedagogy, and cutting-edge technology can make learning a bit more effective...and fun.

Rooted in the training needs of a specialty and emergency veterinary group in New England and using industry experts, VetBloom has developed a variety of curricula, Continuing Education, and skill protocols that have, in turn, effectively contributed to the growth of a wide audience of veterinary professionals. Our authors and subject matter experts are industry-renowned professionals who not only practice their trades, but formally teach outside of their practices as well.

The courses on VetBloom are built by a team with a passion for teaching, and we hope that shines through. We have intentionally built our content around a larger scope and sequence that synthesizes Bloom’s taxonomy, a gradual release of learner responsibility, and scaffolding that allows learners to build upon their prior knowledge.