Career Advice & Opportunities in Veterinary Health Care

The veterinary health care team is essential to our practice at RBVH. Every person in every position matters greatly and contributes to our high standard of care for companion animals.

Explore each role in our veterinary health care team

Veterinary Technicians

A veterinary technician is an important member of our veterinary health care team, providing technical support to the veterinarian in every aspect of care. They are trained professional support staff, providing nursing and assistance to veterinarians. Technicians provide patient monitoring, animal restraint, surgical and dental assistance, and laboratory diagnostics. They are responsible for administration of medicines, treatments, and anesthesia, among other vital animal care and veterinary clinical tasks.

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Veterinary Assistants

A veterinary assistant is an important member of our veterinary healthcare team, assisting the veterinarians and technicians in performing daily tasks. Veterinary assistants perform duties such as handling patients, cleaning and setting up equipment, reception and clerical work, and kennel care.

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Veterinary Technician Specialists (VTS)

Veterinary technician specialists receive additional specialized training, testing, and certification in an area of veterinary medicine. Recognized specialties include dental technology, behavior, emergency and critical care, anesthesia, internal medicine, zoological medicine, and equine veterinary nursing.

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Veterinary Technician Assistant Certification Program

This program is held at Brookdale Community College and taught by Janet McConnell, CVT, and Karen Norton, CVT, of RBVH.

This program is accredited through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and is given in collaboration with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Veterinary Technician Assistants (VTA) become an integral part of the veterinary health care team, working under the guidance of a veterinarian or credentials veterinary technician.

Through classroom and clinical instruction, the assistant becomes multi-skilled and knowledgeable in the following: front office procedures, client relations, pharmacy, examination room procedures, behavior and restraint, small animal nursing, laboratory procedures, surgical prep and recovery, radiology, and emergency response (150 hours).

VTA Program Prerequisites

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Successful completion of “Applied Math in Health Care” or a grade of C or better
  • English language proficiency
  • Pass criminal background check and drug screen
  • Physical including tetanus
  • Fitness for duty form and privacy form signed


Students who successfully complete the Veterinary Technician Assistant program are eligible to receive two college credits toward the Veterinary Technician Program (AVMA approved) at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey, if further education is desired. Students will be advised of the steps needed to continue their education at Bergen Community College at the conclusion of the VTA program. Successful completion of didactic (75%) and 100% attendance is required for clinical placement.

AVA Credential

Successful graduates are eligible to sit for the National Veterinary Assistant Exam and become an AVA (Approved Veterinary Assistant), a new and nationally recognized member of the veterinary health care team.

AAHA Referral Accredited

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 quality of care standards. Veterinary hospitals accredited by AAHA must demonstrate an exceptional level of medical care and client service and they are re-evaluated every three years to make sure they are keeping up with industry updates.

Choosing an AAHA accredited veterinary practice for your pet's medical care assures you that the practice has the facilities, equipment, staff, and medical protocols required for high quality care.

Because participating with the AAHA Standards and the Accreditation Program is voluntary, practices that earn AAHA certification have enough confidence in the level of their care to welcome measurement from an outside organization against the most rigorous published standards in the industry. Approximately 3,200 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada have made a commitment to meeting the highest standards of veterinary care.