Veterinary Assisting Diploma Program

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Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) Diploma

Do you have a passion for caring for animals? Have you been considering an animal medical career, work in animal sheltering, or rescue? The Veterinary Assistant diploma may be just the program to start you off on this rewarding career path. This day program is open to part-time students and consists of 22 credit hours of courses taken in the Thompson School’s Applied Animal Science & Veterinary Technology curriculum. 

Fall Semester Courses

AAS 428  Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals AAS 428 (3 credits)
AAS 428A  Anatomy and Physiology of Domestic Animals Lab AAS 428A (1 credit)
AAS 430  Small Animal Breeds and Behavior AAS 430 (4 credits)
AAS 421  Large Animal Handling and Behavior (2 credits)
Semester Total:  10 credits

Spring Semester Courses

AAS 449  Clinical Animal Nursing Techniques I (3 credits)
AAS 439  Fundamentals of Animal Health (2 credits)
AAS 439A  Fundamentals of Animal Health Lab (1 credit)
AAS 424  Veterinary Practice Management (2 credits)
AAS 445  Veterinary Assisting Techniques  (4 credits)
AAS 497  Work Experience (0 credits)
Semester Total:  12 credits

In 2010, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) designed and created the Approved Veterinary Assistant designation. This approval recognizes and validates the crucial role veterinary assistants engage in while working under the supervision of a veterinarian or veterinary technician.

Essential skills for the AVA include surgical assisting, basic animal nursing, radiology, and knowledge of front office and hospital procedures. Our program exceeds the essential requirements by covering the optional skills of large animals and birds.

Our veterinary assistant program is currently pending approval by NAVTA. Upon approval, graduates of our program are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. The cost of the exam is $100 and may be completed at the Thompson School of Applied Science or a licensed testing center. Successful completion of the exam entitles the participant the use and designation of AVA along with a documenting certificate.

This field requires 10 continuing education credits every 2 years for renewal. The current NAVTA cost of processing the renewal is $10 for veterinary assistants. Please review the link for NAVTA approved continuing education here.

Looking to advance your education into Veterinary Technology or Applied Animal Science? Credits earned within our veterinary assisting diploma program are transferable into our associate degree programs.