Compassion-First partnered with Penn Foster College to deliver their online, on-demand programs to Compassion-First team members. The AVMA Accredited Veterinary Technician and NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant programs provide the opportunity for non-credentialed veterinary assistants and technicians to become credentialed through formal education programs with tuition support from Compassion-First.
The Penn Foster College partnership offers something for every member of the support team:
Shelly LeMarquand started as a receptionist at Veterinary Referral Center (VRC), a Compassion-First hospital. When Shelly heard about the tuition-assisted Veterinary Assistant program, she jumped at the opportunity. While going through the program, Shelly took every chance to spend time with the veterinary technicians at VRC to practice the skills she was learning. The veterinary technicians, most of whom have graduated from a formal education program of their, rallied behind Shelly and were huge supporters throughout her journey. Eventually, Shelly was offered a full-time position in VRC’s surgery department as a surgical assistant.
Many of Compassion-First’s veterinary technicians have a desire to specialize in a specific specialty or discipline of veterinary medicine, The VTS mentorship program started in 2018 and offers monthly meetings and mentorship to support our aspiring VTS Candidates in over 16 veterinary technician specialties.
During the online monthly meetings, our veterinary technician specialists offer insights into their specialty to inspire others. The meetings are a great way to introduce new specialties to our technicians who many not have exposure, offer support, and encourage others to pursue a specialty.
RECOVER CPR training prepares veterinary team members to respond to patients experiencing cardiopulmonary arrest. Compassion-First offers support for team members to become certified rescuers.