Veterinary Assistant Program
The IVG Veterinary Assistant Program is an accredited and approved program through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). This means that upon graduation from our program, IVG VA’s who have completed the program are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. With successful completion of the exam, these individuals will become Approved Veterinary Assistants (AVA) and be recognized for their accomplishment with the AVA designation. This designation was created in 2010 and is currently used across the United States.
The IVG Veterinary Assistant (VA) program encompasses a blended curriculum comprised of online, classroom, and hands-on training and is designed to prepare the VA for entry into a more formal veterinary technician program. Meeting specific curriculum goals to complete the IVG VA training program is expected. Hands on training is conducted at our state of the art hospitals under the direct supervision of veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Prior veterinary hospital or animal experience is not required.
The primary responsibility of the VA is to provide support and assistance to the veterinary medical staff. The VA must embody the corporate culture of treating every client and colleague with the utmost courteous and attentive treatment possible, with a keen sensitivity to the emotional bond between owners and their pets.
Maintain a safe and clean work environment, including but not limited to the cleanliness of laundry, floors and cages.
- Assist with basic animal restraint
- Assist with providing basic animal husbandry and hygiene between patients
- Assist with basic record keeping procedures
- Recognize the need for help and contact the appropriate staff member
- Ensure proper stocking of medical supplies and janitorial needs
- Required to maintain client and patient confidentiality
- High school diploma or equivalent
- Candidates from vocational co-op programs also considered
Interested, qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest, resume and select preferred location.
Please fill out an online application and attach your needed documents.
The IVG nework of hospitals provides advanced wellness, specialty and 24- hour emergency veterinary care. Our five hospitals are located throughout Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Currently, there are multiple full-time openings for Veterinary Assistants at IVG MetroWest, located in Natick, Massachusetts.
Capital District Veterinary Referral HospitalLatham, NY 12110
IVG MetroWestNatick, MA 01760
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral HospitalWoburn, MA 01801
Port City Veterinary Referral HospitalPortsmouth, NH 03801
SAVESLebanon, NH 03766