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College Veterinary Assistant Training Receives National Approval

Release Date: 7/21/2014

Contact: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

Carroll Community College Veterinary Assistant Training Receives National Approval

Westminster, Md., —The Carroll Community College (Carroll) Veterinary Assistant Training program recently received approval from the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and is one of only 13 schools in the nation to attain this approval.

NAVTA has created the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation to recognize the contributions that veterinary assistants make to the veterinary practice team and to the health of pets.

Upon graduation from a NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant program such as Carroll’s, a participant is eligible to sit for the AVA examination and can earn the designation of Approved Veterinary Assistant. The AVA designation is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Carroll has offered Veterinary Assistant Training for 18 years. NAVTA’s approval adds value to the program as it provides students with the opportunity to earn the national designation as an AVA.

Carroll’s Veterinary Assistant Training, a non-credit program, begins in September of each year, and ends in April of the following year. The program is 150 hours in length. It includes classroom training by AVMA- certified and licensed veterinary technicians, and a clinical practicum experience hosted by local veterinary facilities. Students who successfully complete the training earn a Continuing Education Certificate and the opportunity to sit for the national AVA exam. To learn more about the program, and the opportunity to host a veterinary assistant student, call 410-386-8100.


Note to the Media: For best response to your inquiries, please call Sylvia Blair at 410-386-8411 or e-mail

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