This course offers students exposure to all practical aspects of a veterinary practice. Students learn animal behavior, pharmacology, safety, veterinary nursing techniques, client education skills, basic animal husbandry, wellness plans and veterinary hospital operations. Curriculum follows the guidelines outlined by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for their Certified Veterinary Assistant Program. The instructor will cover the material for Level I, II and III testing requirements. Upon completion of the course, students should be eligible to take the state of Texas certification level 1 examination. Per TVMA requirements, CVA I must complete 6 months practical work experience prior to sitting for CVA Level II examination. Likewise, CVA II must also complete 6 months practical work experience prior to sitting for CVA Level III examination.
Total Hours: 708 (208 classroom + 500 externship)
Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent, current immunizations, and the ability to lift 50 lbs.
Fee: Includes textbook(s), one set of scrubs, and CVA Level I certification exam.
**Additional costs: Required immunizations and drug screen.
Externship will be 500 hours in an assigned facility.