January 22, 2019
In August of 2018, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced that it is planning to help their non-credentialed veterinary technicians and assistants with career growth by launching an educational development program called the Compassion-First Technician and Assistant Development Program. The program is also expected to elevate patient care. To create this program, Compassion-First has partnered with two AVMA Accredited Veterinary Technician programs, Penn Foster College and Cedar Valley College. These partners will provide educational opportunities and tuition assistance for career growth.
This partnership gives non-credentialed veterinary technicians the ability to earn the AS degree in Veterinary Technology. Additionally, these technicians will also be eligible to take the VTNE (Veterinary Technician National Exam), which allows them to become credentialed in their state. The program includes a NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant Certificate program, which allows employees to become eligible to take the national exam that will grant these employees their credentials of AVA or Approved Veterinary Assistant. In addition to the veterinary technicians program, Compassion First also provides a program for Veterinary Nurses.
Director of Veterinary Nursing Development for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Janet McConnell, CVT, said “We are extremely pleased to offer a ground-breaking, employer-supported development program for our veterinary nursing teams that allows them to choose their educational program and career path. Both Penn Foster and Cedar Valley College are outstanding programs that have completely different formats, allowing students to choose what fits them best from a financial, lifestyle, and program standpoint.”
Regardless of the hospital at which the prospective student is employed, the employee will be provided externship training relative to the skills required and within the services the hospital provides. Tuition assistance will also be available, which can include up to 90 percent tuition assistance for Penn Foster students to generous semester discounts for Cedar Valley students working at one of Compassion-First’s hospitals.
According to Compassion-First Pet Hospitals CEO John Payne, the goal of the program is to provide the Veterinary Technician teams the ability to enhance the care they provide for the pets in their care. He said, “We are elated that both Penn Foster and Cedar Valley College are partners with us in our mission to accomplish this for our Veterinary Technicians.