The Pickaway-Ross Veterinary Assisting program is a challenging, fast-paced, NAVTA-credentialed program that engages students interested in gaining the valuable skills necessary to become a veterinary assistant, while also serving as a steppingstone for those wanting to pursue higher education.
Students begin by exploring the animal body structure, both internal and external, and investigating the function of major organ systems, while developing an understanding of the relationship between these parts and systems. As students progress through the program, the focus will turn toward responsible animal husbandry, examining diseases, including the causes, common clinical signs, and prevention, nutrition, breeding program management, animal behavior, and animal welfare and ethics. A major portion of the second year in the program will prepare students with skills and knowledge to be confident in the areas of pharmacology, radiology, and surgical assisting, as well as in laboratory and hospital procedures, within the role of a veterinary assistant.
This program provides hands-on learning opportunities through lab activities, job shadowing experiences, grooming services, vaccine clinics, and field-specific certifications including the Fear Free Professional, OSHA 10-Veterinary, and Pet First Aid & CPR. Upon successful completion of the two-year program, and fulfilling all requirements, students may have the opportunity to sit for a national exam to become an AVA, or Approved Veterinary Assistant.
Through our CTSO HOSA-Future Health Professionals in-class activities and regional and state competitive events, students will develop vital leadership qualities that promote career opportunities in the veterinary industry, as well as build self-confidence and skills relative to technique and teamwork. HOSA also encourages student participation in volunteerism that benefits our school and local communities.
Approved Veterinary Assistant
Pet First Aid &
OSHA 10 (Veterinary)
Fear Free Professional
Veterinary Assistant, Veterinary Technician, Veterinarian (post-secondary education required for some occupations)