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During the Ross Veterinary Assistant program, students will be instructed to function as an assistant to a Veterinarian and/or Veterinary Technician. They should complete the program with an understanding of veterinary ethics and law, animal anatomy and physiology, terminology, animal care activities, and technology and equipment used.

Veterinary Assistant students during program training

Experienced training school instructors will give direction on software used, medical records and documentation, and administrative/clerical procedures and duties. A graduate of this program should be prepared to work in an entry-level position in an animal clinic or hospital.

What is a Veterinary Assistant?

Veterinary assistants fill a crucial position. They work under the direction of a technician or a veterinarian and also alongside them during a variety of procedures. They are often responsible for providing routine care for animals like bathing or feeding. They also clean and sterilize all tools and operating and exam rooms before and after a procedure. At some offices, veterinary assistants also perform lab work and give vaccinations.

Veterinary Assistant Externships

After completing their classroom modules in the school training program, students will begin their externship experience. This is an extremely important and meaningful aspect of the program as it gives students an opportunity to practice their skills in a veterinary office setting with other professionals. It also allows local employers to assess students' skills before making hiring decisions.

Certificate Award for Veterinary Assistant Graduates

In recognition of the contributions veterinary assistants make to the practice team and to the health of pets, the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) has an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) designation.

Upon graduation from a NAVTA approved veterinary assistant program, students are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant designation examination. Upon successful completion of the exam, the student would be entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate.

Currently, all of the Ross campuses that offer the Veterinary Assistant Program are NAVTA approved and the graduates can take the exam on campus, which is paid for by Ross.

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Jennifer Mccray

I was tired of saying I was going to go back to school and never taking the initiative to follow through. Finally, I did it and signed up at Ross Medical Education Center. I always doubted myself, but my instructors and the staff never did. Going to Ross was not only the best decision for me, but also for my family. I am currently working as a Medical Assistant and love my Job. If you have dreams, go for them. Never give up on your tomorrow!

Jennifer Mccray Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: December 29, 2017
Mary Tate

I really enjoyed getting to talk to and interact with other students and getting to work with my instructors.

Mary Tate Graduate Online - Medical Office Management student at Ross College Online campus Graduation: November 27, 2018
Courtney Griffin

I am very happy that I took the leap of faith in enrolling into the VA program. I have learned so much and my instructor is amazing. I could not have done it without my team of classmates and teacher.

Courtney Griffin Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at Canton, MI campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
Chana Ware

My name is Chana Ware. I attended Ross Medical In Portage, MI. Ross is an awesome school to attend. They have great instructors, as well as a great staff. They were very helpful and inspirational. I would not have made it without the staff at Ross. And now because of all of the support that I received from them, I can say that I have a great career as a Registered Medical Assistant.

Chana Ware Graduate Medical Assistant student at Portage, MI campus Graduation: November 27, 2018
Denise Stillwell

As an older student returning to the classroom after 20 years, I had concerns that the pace and the computer skills needed would make it hard for me to keep up. But I found the staff was incredibly supportive and patient with students at all levels. The small class created an encouraging, friendly environment to learn.

Denise Stillwell Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: March 27, 2019

Veterinary Assistant Classes

The Veterinary Assistant program at Ross consists of six modules. During each of the modules, students will be instructed on important information and skills needed for working as a professional in the field.

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This course teaches the fundamentals of medical language and will instruct students on prefixes, suffixes, definitions, and uses of veterinary terms.

Veterinary Office Practices

Students will gain an understanding of the computer-based elements of a veterinary office. Keyboarding, computer skills, and financial literacy will be learned.

Animal Restraint and Handling

This course teaches the fundamentals of animal restraint and handling, such as the different types of ropes and knots as they pertain to animal restraint. Students will learn proper positioning procedures and the veterinary terminology that goes along with the techniques.

Veterinary Medicine Profession and Practice

Students will be introduced to the history and standards of veterinary medicine and will gain a familiarity with the roles of those on a veterinary team. Instructors will cover professional ethics and the sensitive topic of euthanasia.

Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Students will be instructed on the use of pharmaceuticals in a veterinary office. Legal issues, proper packaging, handling, and storage techniques, and administration will be discussed. Students will learn to identify different groups and types of drugs.

Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

The foundational study of anatomy and physiology is presented, particularly for dogs and cats, as well as for certain farm animals and other domestic animals.

Common Diseases and Medical Conditions of Animals

Students will be familiarized with common diseases and medical conditions affecting cats and dogs that result in visits to the vet. Diseases and conditions that affect other domestic and farm animals are also discussed.

Examination Room Procedures

This course teaches the fundamentals of examination room protocol. Cleaning, disinfecting, documenting medical history, and monitoring vital signs are some of the skills taught throughout the class. Students will also learn vaccination protocols.

Domestic Animal Care

In this class, students will be instructed on the fundamentals of small animal care. Students will learn how to identify breeds of dogs and cats, and learn how to provide preventative care, such as nutrition, socialization, bathing, nail clipping, and dental hygiene.

Veterinary Laboratory Procedures

Students will gain a basic knowledge of laboratory procedures, including recording laboratory results and identifying common parasites. Students will be instructed on how to collect and process urine and fecal samples.

Surgical Preparation and Assisting

Students will be instructed on the skills necessary for the veterinary assistant to serve animal hospital staff before, during, and after a surgical procedure. Techniques for how to properly maintain medical asepsis, position patients, and dispose of medical waste are taught in this course.

Veterinary Office Administration

In this course, students will develop an appreciation for the animal/human bond. Students will learn documentation and maintaining of records, as well as inventory restocking procedures and safety measures and precautions.

Medical Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Midland, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Dental Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Veterinary Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Canton, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
Pharmacy Technician Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Charleston, WV
Nursing Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Midland, MI
Medical Insurance Billing & Office Administration Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Evansville, IN
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Granger, IN
  • Kokomo, IN
  • Lafayette, IN
  • Muncie, IN
  • Bowling Green, KY
  • Erlanger, KY
  • Owensboro, KY
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Brighton, MI
  • Canton, MI
  • Davison, MI
  • Flint, MI
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Kalamazoo, MI
  • Kentwood, MI
  • Lansing, MI
  • Madison Heights, MI
  • New Baltimore, MI
  • Port Huron, MI
  • Roosevelt Park, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Taylor, MI
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Elyria, OH
  • Niles, OH
  • Ontario, OH
  • Johnson City, TN
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Charleston, WV
  • Morgantown, WV
Occupational Therapy Assistant Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
  • Quad Cities, IA
Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Practical Nursing Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Veterinary Technology Program offered at these campus locations:
  • North Canton, OH
Business Management Program offered at these campus locations:
  • Hopkinsville, KY
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