Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA) Orange Technical College (All locations)
The mission of the Veterinary Assisting program is to prepare students for employment and/or advanced training to enhance their skills and preparedness for a career in the veterinarian and animal caretaker industry. This program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as animal caregivers or kennel technicians.
The Veterinary Assisting program is divided into three courses: Animal Care Giver, Kennel Tech, and Veterinary Assistant. Training stresses understanding and performing the basics in the animal industry and or a veterinary hospital: Animal Care Giver: sanitation, safety, restraint, and control of select species, Kennel Tech: kennel production management, employability skills, animal behavior, client education, preventive medicine; and Vet Assistant: basic lab diagnostic tests, surgical assisting, pharmacy protocol and posology. Adults with a grade average of 80% upon the completion of the second course are eligible for external work experience. All students must complete an external work experience in order to qualify for their industry certification Certified Veterinary Assistant (CVA). The program also provides supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed as animal caregivers or kennel technicians.