Veterinary Assistant Approved Program

Course Title: Veterinary Assistant Training Program: NAVTA Certification Preparation

Overview: Prepare for a rewarding career as a Veterinary Assistant with our comprehensive training program, designed to help you earn the nationally recognized credential of Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA). This NAVTA-approved program is the only one of its kind on Cape Cod, now expanded to include exotic and large animals. Through classroom and clinical instruction, you’ll gain the knowledge, skills, and experience needed for success in the veterinary field.

Who Should Enroll: This program is ideal for individuals passionate about animal care and looking to work as an integral part of a veterinary healthcare team. Students will gain practical experience and must complete intern hours at a veterinary hospital to meet program requirements.

Course Highlights:

  • NAVTA Certification Preparation: Prepare for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam with thorough training in medical terminology, pharmacology, radiology, and more.
  • Comprehensive Curriculum: Learn essential skills, including client relations, preventative healthcare, emergency and critical care, surgical assistance, and exotics and large animal care.
  • Hands-on Experience: Gain practical experience through clinical hours at a veterinary provider, enhancing your job readiness.
  • Unique Focus: The program covers a wide range of animals, from domestic pets to exotics and large animals, providing a well-rounded education.


  • Students must provide proof of current tetanus vaccination and be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Scrubs and the national exam fee are not included in the program cost.
  • Attendance is mandatory at all classes, as it plays a crucial role in successfully completing the program.
  • Students must be able to read, write, and understand English. For those needing to improve their skills, our ESOL class is available; check the course catalog for dates.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required for all candidates.

Certification: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam to earn their AVA credential.

Join Us: Embark on a fulfilling career in veterinary care with our Veterinary Assistant Training Program. Enroll today to gain the skills and credentials you need to make a positive impact on animal health.

Start Date

September 18, 2024

Registration Deadline

September 11, 2024



Course Details

Start Date

September 18, 2024

Type of Class



Harwich, MA

Days & Times

Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM


Read, write and understand English. Our ESOL class can help those needing to improve their skills. Check the course catalog for dates.

End Date

June 26, 2024

Early-Bird Registration Discount?


Payment Plan


Total Hours



Tracey Nowers, Lorelei D'Avolio, Mark Reilly

About The Instructor

Tracey Nowers CVT, VTS (Clinical Practice-C/F, SAIM) is a certified veterinary technician and is double boarded as a veterinary technician specialist in clinical practice (Canine / Feline) and small animal internal medicine. She began her love of veterinary medicine working in a kennel outside of Washington D.C. over thirty years ago. She managed a general practice for 20 years then made the move into specialty medicine in 2009 and became passionate about endocrinology. She has lectured locally and nationally, published journal articles and is currently contributing chapters to a veterinary nursing book. In addition, she developed and teaches a NAVTA approved veterinary assistant program on Cape Cod. She is currently owned by 3 cats: Who, What and Why that she fostered. Tracey is an experienced teacher who brings a wealth of knowledge and background to the program. Students are engaged and challenged to successfully pass the NAVTA exam.

Lorelei received a BA in journalism from Boston University, and then after moving to New York, a BS in Veterinary Technology from Mercy College, becoming a licensed veterinary technician in 2001. She always had a special interest in exotic animals, and her career has developed through building and managing New York City’s only stand-alone exotic pet hospital where she worked for over 17 years. She also is passionate about education, and has contributed to the field as an educator by teaching at vet tech schools, lecturing at national veterinary symposiums, providing multiple RACE approved web-based educational programs, and contributing to a variety of text book chapters and journal articles. Lorelei is a charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP), a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, and a Fear Free Professional. She also enjoys committee work and is currently the Chair of AVTCP’s Credentialing Committee as well as serving on a variety of other advisory boards. She is the current Assistant Director of Nursing at Cape Cod Vet Specialists where she is also launching a new zoological companion animal department.

Mark has a large animal practice and shares his background and hands-on experience with large animals at his practice.