Approved Veterinary Assistants: Untapped Resources

Veterinary assistants are often underutilized members of the veterinary healthcare team. Using assistants fully can help increase team efficiency, elevate patient care, and enable other team members – such as veterinary technicians – to better implement their education and skills. Join Janet McConnell, CVT, co-founder of one of the first NAVTA (National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America)-approved veterinary assistant programs, to learn about the program and the role of approved veterinary assistants on the veterinary care team.

Developed in partnership with NAVTA and support provided through an educational grant from CareCredit.

Participants can expect to learn about:

·       The education, skills, and credentials students can earn in a NAVTA- approved veterinary assistant program
·       How an approved veterinary assistant can help the entire veterinary care team work more efficiently
·       How to implement an approved veterinary assistant on your team
·       Real work examples demonstrating the benefits of having approved veterinary assistants on your team

Janet McConnell has spent 38 years working as a certified veterinary technician. In 2010 she co-founded one of NAVTA’s first approved veterinary assistant programs at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J., in collaboration with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Since then, she has worked to promote the role of approved veterinary assistants and assist other colleges seeking to get their veterinary assistant programs approved by NAVTA. 

Janet is currently the director of veterinary nursing development for Compassion First Pet Hospitals, and program director for the Veterinary Assistant Program at Brookdale Community College.  She is the NAVTA state representative for N.J., the education committee chair for NJVTA (New Jersey Veterinary Technicians and Assistants) and president elect for NJVTA 2019.