Our Veterinary Assisting Program is designed to train students on how to provide both “back office” and “front office” assistance to veterinarians and veterinary technologists. The veterinary assisting program is taught with a combination of lecture, practical exercises in the clinical laboratory and with real world experience during externship. In the classroom, students will learn about anatomy and physiology, health & safety, collection and preparation of laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies and sterilize medical instruments. Students are also trained on how to prepare and administer medications as directed by a veterinarian. Externship sites are typically veterinary offices, clinics, hospitals and emergency animal clinics. Upon approval, students are prepared to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination from National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).