Thursday, November 13, 2008 : 12:00:00 AM
Updated Tuesday, December 02, 2008 : 9:20:40 AM
Animal lovers who have always dreamt of becoming veterinarians, but have been unable to follow their dreams, can now pursue another fulfilling career in the same field by becoming Certified Veterinary Assistants through Animal Behavior College (ABC).

The Certified Veterinary Assistant course from ABC was created to give animal lovers the opportunity to do what they have always dreamed of - help improve the lives of animals. Unfortunately, many people canít commit to the cost or time it takes to become a veterinarian. On average, becoming a licensed veterinarian requires eight years of schooling as opposed to the one year of training it takes to complete the ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant course. In addition, veterinary school can cost around $30,000 in comparison to ABCís program that ranges anywhere from $2,215 - $2,970.

Veterinary assistants work in veterinary hospitals and clinics assisting veterinarians during medical examinations and procedures. This profession proves to be very satisfying as veterinary assistants are key players in ensuring the comfort and well-being of all patients.

ďIím proud to have launched the ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant Training program. Countless people dream of working with animals but many of them canít afford veterinary school and regrettably give up on their dream. This course will allow those people to do what they love while helping to make a difference. That is truly the definition of success,Ē said Steven Appelbaum, President of ABC.

The ABC Certified Veterinary Assistant program is unique because of its course design. After completing an extensive in-home study program, ABC sets up the student with an actual veterinary clinic or hospital for their externship. During this portion, the student works side-by-side with veterinarians and staff as they receive hands-on training utilizing all they have learned at home. This is what gives ABC graduates an advantage. After working as a Certified Veterinary Assistant, many students choose to take their career to the next level by becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician. The ABC program prepares students for this by giving them a strong educational foundation to help them achieve their future goals.

ďHaving a well-trained veterinary assistant is invaluable, like having a well-trained medical assistant or nurse. They are able to assist the doctors everyday. Itís great to have someone with a formal education because if they are familiar with the terminology, how hospitals function, and front office procedures, they can assist the doctors that much more. If they already know how to draw blood or restrain an animal, thatís one less thing we have to teach and they can jump right in and get to work. It saves us time,Ē said Dr. Sandy Sanford, DVM and Board Certified Specialist.

Certified Veterinary Assistants have the opportunity to help sick or injured animals. This career is truly rewarding because of the hands-on interaction with animals that these professionals experience on a daily basis. Veterinary assistants are able to take their education into a myriad of different work environments, including: hospitals, clinics, kennels, doggie daycare facilities, grooming facilities, mobile vet services, and animal shelters.


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