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This program meets strict academic requirements for renewal from NAVTA every 2-3 years.
The program achieved renewal status again in July, 2018.

From the NAVTA* Approved Veterinary Assistant Committee…

“…We congratulate you and your faculty for continuing to provide the very best in education and training of Veterinary Assistants.”

-National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America


Veterinary Assistant Information Session

If you are interested in applying to Brookdale’s Veterinary Assistant program, you should contact Scott Shanes at sshanes@brookdalecc.edu or 732-224-2011. Find out about the competitive admission process and program prerequisites, Accuplacer testing, required documentation, how to access forms online, application deadline, strict timelines for submitting documentation, and physical and technical skills requirements. Learn about the job of a veterinary assistant so you can decide if you want to pursue this career. Enrollment in the Veterinary Assistant Program is limited and admission is competitive.


Veterinary Assistant Program

Program Director: Janet McConnell, CVT
Instructor: Victoria Vierschilling, CVT

The Newly Expanded Veterinary Assistant Program in collaboration with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital is approved through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Students who graduate are eligible to sit for the national exam to earn the credential of Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA).

Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician. Through classroom and clinical instruction, Students are trained to provide assistance in the following area of study:

Office procedures and client relations, pharmacy, preventative healthcare, behavior and restraint, veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, safety in the veterinary workplace, animal nursing, laboratory procedures, surgical and recovery room assistance, radiology, and emergency response. 254 hours (87 classroom, 63 online, 104 clinical). Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam (exam fee is $100).

Students who achieve the AVA credential are eligible to articulate their education and receive 2 college credits toward the Veterinary Technician Program (AVMA Accredited) at Bergen County College in Paramus, NJ

NEWLY ADDED!  Students can also receive 5 college credits toward the on-line Veterinary Technology Program at Cedar Valley College (AVMA Accredited). Click here for more information.

Prerequisites (Instructions to access prerequisite forms will be emailed to you upon registration):

The following are MANDATORY PREREQUISITES for admission:

From the bulleted list below submit scores in any combination (one math AND one English) with the application form.

Remote Live/In Person Classroom:

Classes at RBVH: Tues & Thurs, Feb 2-May 27, 6:00pm – 9:00pm – (No Class Mar 16 & 18)
Clinical at RBVH: Mon-Thurs, Jun 1-Jun 22, 8:00am – 4:00pm – (No Clinical May 31)
AVA Exam: TBD
Fee and Code: $2999, XMEDG 081 – textbooks not included (approx. $240)


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