The process of the CVA Program: This program is designed to progress a student from basic exposure, through proficiency, and on to a mastery level in necessary veterinary assisting skills. Each level of completion requires continued education to maintain certification.
Get Started with Level I
1- Fill out STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND TUITION FORM,
2- TUITION PAYMENT . $800. Pay in full or request to set up payment plan. ($750 if paid in full).
3- ONLINE ACCOUNT SET UP. Your program supervisor will set up a username and password to open access to the online course content.
*Students will need to read and sign the Student Orientation form.
4- ONLINE UNITS & LABS. Begin online Units 1-10. Student must show progress in the online portion of CVA level I to be scheduled for in-hospital lab sessions. These sessions will be scheduled on Fridays. Students can expect at least three, 3- hour sessions. Student will be contacted when slots are available for labs, based upon their online progress. Students will have 3 months to complete the online portion, or will need to pay $75 for a 3 month extension.
5- TAKE ONLINE UNIT TESTS . Once a student has completed their online tasks for each unit and has attended their in-hospital labs, a supervisor will sign off on the “skills validation” for each unit. This will open up the unit tests for each unit.
Resume & Interview
6- Once all of the online units tests are completed for CVA level I, the student will fill out a MOCK JOB APPLICATION FORM , and attach a RESUME. The resume will be reviewed by the program supervisor and suggestions will be given for improvement.
After the student has sent a final draft of their resume, it will be distributed to area veterinary hospitals to aid in obtaining an externship (shorter in duration than an internship). It is the students responsibility to follow up, and obtain an externship.
7- INTERVIEW. This is a mock interview, that will be held after the mock job application
form and resume have been received.
8- EXTERNSHIP. Student is responsible for obtaining an externship at a veterinary hospital for 90 days (if full-time) or 500 hours (if part time). Some hospitals offer externships that are paid positions while others offer externships that are volunteer positions.
9-TAKE CVA TEST. To receive certification from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the student must take their CVA test administered at Coldwater Animal Hospital. The test is 100 multiple choice questions. This will cost an additional $150, and may be retaken for an additional fee of $50. Students that pass with 70% or above receive a certificate of completion and a CVA Patch.
11-PROCEED to CVA level II. This level is designed to gain a higher level of proficiency as a Vet Assistant. Necessary skills and an understanding of medicine will continue to build upon knowledge gained in CVA level I. An additional externship of 180 days or 1000 hrs needs to be completed after finishing the 10 online units for CVA level II. The cost to sign up is $375. At the completion of the externship, the student will take a final exam for an additional $150, which may be retaken for a fee of $50.
12-PROCEED to CVA level III. This level is designed to gain a mastery level of proficiency as a Vet Assistant. Necessary skills and an understanding of medicine will continue to build upon knowledge gained in CVA level I & II. An additional (or continuing) externship of 180 days or 1000 hrs needs to be completed after finishing the 10 online units for CVA level III. The cost for this level is $525 and includes a textbook and final exam fee. The final exam may be retaken for a fee of $50.
Pay scale: CVA pay can range from $9.00 to $12.00 per hour depending upon skill level, communication skills, customer service ability and level of delegation from their employer. Generally, hospitals with more than one doctor delegate more tasks to the veterinary assistant and therefore the assistant gets a higher rate of pay. Currently in Utah, there is no differentiation between duties performed for a CVA or CVT (certified veterinary technician). If you are a CVA and have the training and skills comparable to a CVT, then you can obtain a similar rate of pay ($9-15 per hour). A CVT is licensed and has graduated from an accredited school.