A Veterinary Assistant is a vital member of the medical/patient-care team in a veterinary hospital. Veterinary Assistants do not need to be certified in the state of Ohio in order to work in a veterinary practice, but this program is designed to create a professional, well-trained, experienced employee who will be able to fit into a variety of practices. The veterinary profession lacks sufficient paraprofessionals in this region, the state of Ohio, and the nation - additional trained staff can help to alleviate the stress on current workers. Veterinary assistants are also valuable in other animal-related fields, such as kennel-worker, groom, animal trainer, and animal care-giver (petsitter).
Upon graduation from a NAVTA approved veterinary assistant program, a participant is eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, the participant would be entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate.
|COM 2211 (Effective Public Speaking) OR COM 2206 (Interpersonal Communication)||3|
|ENG 1101||English Composition I||3|
|MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective||3|
|PSY 1100||General Psychology||3|
|VET 1102||Introduction to Veterinary Technology I||2|
|VET 1202||Introduction to Veterinary Technology II||2|
|VET 1205||Clinical Practice I: Hospital Practices & Professionalism||1|
|VET 2107 (Technical Practicum I) OR VET 2108 (Veterinary Assistant Technical Practicum)||2|
The department is seeking accreditation through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).