Veterinary Assistant Approved Program

NEW REGISTRATION DATE:  Registration has been extended until September 7th!  We only offer this course once a year so this is your opportunity to choose a new career.

This course prepares you to take the NAVTA exam to be a Veterinary Assistant providing you the credentials, knowledge and experiences to be successful in your chosen career. Students are also responsible to complete intern hours at a veterinary hospital. This is the only NAVTA-approved program on Cape Cod and has been expanded to include exotic and large animals. Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician. Through classroom and clinical instruction, you will be trained to provide assistance in the following: > Office procedures and client relations > Medical terminology and positioning > Pharmacology > Preventative healthcare > Basic triage, emergency and critical care nursing > Behavior and restraint > Animal husbandry > Laboratory procedures > Surgical and recovery room assistance > Radiology > Exotics husbandry and common diseases > Large Animal and common diseases All students must provide proof of current tetanus vaccination and must be able to lift 50 lbs. The Veterinary Assistant Program is approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), which offers the nationally recognized credential, Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA). Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be eligible to sit for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant Exam (exam fee is $100). Includes clinical hours at a Veterinary provider. Stethoscope and textbooks are included. Scrubs and national exam fee are not included.

Start Date

September 18, 2023

Registration Deadline

September 7, 2023



Course Details

Start Date

September 18, 2023

Type of Class



Harwich, MA

Days & Times

Monday & Wednesday, 6-9 PM



End Date

June 26, 2024

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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.