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Watch a preview:chapter 1 / lesson 1What is Veterinary Medicine?
Course SummaryUse this course to prepare yourself to take and pass the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) exam. Our videos and quizzes review topics that include veterinary office practices, infections and safety regulations.
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About This Course
The brief video lessons and practice quizzes in this course offer solid preparation for the AVA exam. You can brush up on facts about the duties of a veterinary assistant and look at what other team members do in a veterinary clinic. Another lesson allows you to review ethics and legal issues that play a role in veterinary medicine. You'll review health and safety rules, and decontamination procedures. You'll also go over several types of zoonotic infections. Each lesson looks at a specific aspect of veterinary assisting that may show up on the AVA exam.
About the AVA
The AVA designation was developed by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) as a way to show that a veterinary assistant has met accepted standards of education and competency. Test takers must have graduated from a veterinary assistant program approved by NAVTA.
AVA Registration and Preparation
Our lessons will help you prepare for all the topics that will show up on the exam, and the quizzes may indicate where you need extra study. Our format lets you study anywhere you have Internet access, and you can complete the lessons as your schedule allows.
Registering for the AVA is done online. After you graduate from training, your school can issue a code that will enable you to enroll and access the AVA exam. You must take the exam within 30 days of enrolling and paying to take the test. The exam, offered online, can be administered at a licensed testing center or in the presence of an approved mentor, such as a program instructor, a veterinarian or a credentialed technician.
AVA Scoring and Score Reports
The AVA exam contains 100 questions, and you must correctly answer at least 75 of them to pass. The allotted time is 150 minutes. After successfully finishing the exam, you'll have immediate access to the AVA certificate. Your examination results will be sent on to NAVTA. Only one attempt to pass the exam can be made with each paid enrollment, and you can't attempt the test more than five times.
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