Veterinary Assisting at Worcester Technical High School is a 4-year program designed to prepare students for entry into the workforce as Approved Veterinary Assistants. The program utilizes both theory and clinical skill competencies for a well-rounded educational experience. Students have the opportunity to apply foundational skills learned in the classroom and gain clinical experience in the Tufts at Tech Community Veterinary Clinic during their Junior and Senior year.
This academically rigorous program is also designed to encourage students to seek other career paths in veterinary science, including Veterinary Technology, Animal Science, Veterinary and Research Medicine. The Veterinary Assisting program at WTHS is an Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) program, recognized by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Students earn the AVA designation in their senior year. In addition to their credentials, they learn employability skills at various veterinary establishments in the Worcester area.
Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities
All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year. While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work. Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partners:
- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton, MA
- Community Animal Hospital, Shrewsbury, MA
- UMASS Medical School – Animal Las, Worcester, MA
- Westside Animal Clinic, Worcester, MA
- Worcester Animal Rescue League, Worcester, MA
- Riverlin Animal Hospital, Grafton, MA
- Tufts at Tech Community Animal Clinic, Worcester, MA
- Veterinary Assistant
- Animal Science
- Animal Shelter Worker
- Pet Day Care
- Pet Store Associate