What are the best veterinary assistant qualifications and training to get ahead?

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

83 months ago

No state in the US has any educational requirements for working as a veterinary ASSISTANT. This is an entry level-position in a veterinary facility and training is generally done on the job. Because most training is done on the job it is often very cursory and lacks the depth and breadth of a formal education. There are voluntary educational opportunities, however these are not equivalent to a college degree program and are instead basic vocational training. There is no over-sight by a professional body to ensure that the majority of these programs provide adequate or correct information. There is no requirement for hands-on training and instructors often have little or no experience or education in the veterinary field. There are a handful of certification programs that are designed and approved by veterinary professional organizations or that are offered by colleges which also offer accredited veterinary technology programs and these are better choices for someone who wants to be a veterinary assistant. All of these programs offer certification as a veterinary assistant, but this certification is not legally recognized or required by any state in the US.

So, generally you would submit a resume listing all of your animal experienc (including the kinds of pets you have owned) and any work experience and hope for someone to call you. You may also want to try volunteering at local clinics because volunteer positions often lead to paid work.

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

83 months ago

Brooke,
You can find a list of AVMA accredited veterinary technology programs through the AVMA website:
www.avma.org/education/cvea/vettech_programs/vettech_programs.asp

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melissa in Leesburg, Florida

83 months ago

tell me what i need do get ahead on my classes?

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Gummybears in Saint Louis, Missouri

65 months ago

I am 11 and i want to be a vet when I grow up, i got a heart listener I tested it on a my pets, i was born with pets in my life and i just want to find a good college rite now or a least be a assistant for now to see how they do it

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Emily Vine in Southampton, United Kingdom

59 months ago

I'm 11 and I really want to be a vet. I just went to PDSA and literally took all the leaflets. I also got a clip with an injured cat on it. I've read all the Lucy Daniels books and I know what FIV is. It's when an animal's immune system is weak. I read it in Lucy Daniel's book beagle in a basket. It's what happens to Martha. I hope I can get a job. Right now I don't care if it's handing out leaflets or keep the pets company.

Name: Emily Vine

Address: 2 Dundee Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO172NB

Email: Keironemilybra@aol.com

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kaithlyn in Greencastle, Pennsylvania

57 months ago

hi im 11 years old and i wnna learn alot about vets?and i think this is great for young kids

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KAT the Dog Lover in Long Beach, California

56 months ago

Volunteering at a local veterinary clinic is a good way of getting experience; however, due to insurance purposes, there may not be many opportunities for volunteering at some private veterinary clinics or hospitals.

Nonprofits and shelters offer plenty of volunteer opportunities; however, shelters generally won't provide much clinical/medical training, unless they have on-site veterinary services and offer a volunteer program.

Spay/neuter clinics and mobile services always need extra help since they perform at high volume.

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Kelli in Porter, Texas

55 months ago

CindyRVT in Henderson, Texas said: No state in the US has any educational requirements for working as a veterinary ASSISTANT . This is an entry level -position in a veterinary facility and training is generally done on the job. Because most training is done on the job it is often very cursory and lacks the depth and breadth of a formal education . There are voluntary educational opportunities, however these are not equivalent to a college degree program and are instead basic vocational training. There is no over-sight by a professional body to ensure that the majority of these programs provide adequate or correct information. There is no requirement for hands-on training and instructors often have little or no experience or education in the veterinary field. There are a handful of certification programs that are designed and approved by veterinary professional organizations or that are offered by colleges which also offer accredited veterinary technology programs and these are better choices for someone who wants to be a veterinary assistant. All of these programs offer certification as a veterinary assistant, but this certification is not legally recognized or required by any state in the US.

So, generally you would submit a resume listing all of your animal experienc (including the kinds of pets you have owned) and any work experience and hope for someone to call you. You may also want to try volunteering at local clinics because volunteer positions often lead to paid work.

I'm very interested in this process - could you please email me some Credied Schools please at Kellimwoodz@live.com your comment was an answered prayer for me!!! God Bless! Kelli

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Kelli in Porter, Texas

55 months ago

I'm very interested in this process - could you please email me some Credied Schools please at Kellimwoodz@live.com your comment was an answered prayer for me!!! I am 45 yrs old have always wanted to be a VET, however, little to late for that, but i do have time to get into the Love of my Life and what i feel is my purpose - God Bless! Kelli

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