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Career Development Center to Offer Vet Assistant Course

November 28, 2017

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BENNINGTON, VT (November 28, 2017) — The Southwest Vermont Career Development Center will soon add a certified veterinary assistant program to the lineup of adult education courses.

Director Michael Lawler announced last week that the center would soon be rolling out the program, which is part of a partnership with Penn Foster College. Penn Foster does not have a physical location besides their administrative offices in Arizona, but is nationally accredited by the The Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The veterinary assistant program has been approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.

"I'm working with local-area veterinary hospitals and they are very happy about this," said Lawler, "because it is one of about three NAVTA-approved programs around. It's about a seven-month program that is done in conjunction with Penn Foster as well us as. We provide the brick and mortar, if you will, and academic support. The program also requires an eight-week 'externship' at a local veterinary hospital."

The program is expected to kick-off in January. The price has not been determined yet, but Lawler said that it would be very affordable and attractive to people living in the Bennington area. Local animal hospitals have expressed interest in the program, and have said they would be willing to offer the required "externships."

"The program goal for Penn Foster's Veterinary Assistant program to prepare students to work as veterinary assistants under the supervision of veterinarians and veterinary technicians in small or large animal hospitals or clinics," reads the description of Penn Foster's website. "The program also prepares the students to take the national test to become an Approved Veterinary Assistant."

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