With pet ownership on the rise, the need for skilled Veterinary Assistants is in great demand. Working with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Assistants help to provide medical care as well as facilitate positive customer relationships. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to increase up 35% between the years of 2006 and 2016. Potential employers include veterinarian clinics, animal hospitals, governmental animal control facilities, and pet adoption facilities.
The College of Lake County has completed the requirements to be designated as a NAVTA/AVA approved program. Upon successful completion of this program, students are eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination. After successfully completing the AVA exam, students are entitled to use the designation AVA and would receive a documenting certificate.
This program may be eligible for funding through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to qualified participants that are unemployed and meet the eligibility requirements. Call the Workforce Development Department at (847) 377-3450 for additional information.