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Veterinary Assistant Training Program

Veterinary Specialty Hospital by Ethos Veterinary Health is a large, state of the art 24-hour Specialty and Emergency Hospital located in sunny San Diego just minutes from the beach! Our hospital is proud to be an accredited member of AAHA as well as a VECCS Level I Emergency & Critical Care facility. We are dedicated to our clients and community, the veterinary profession, and our team.  We currently have full time openings for our Veterinary Assistant program.

This is a temporary 6 month paid training program that provides an introduction to the veterinary field and does not require any previous veterinary hospital or animal experience. The Veterinary Assistant will complete a formal program with a blended curriculum of online and hands-on training that is designed to prepare the Veterinary Assistant to sit for a national exam administered by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).  Upon successful completion of this exam you will receive the credential of Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA).

The primary responsibility of the Veterinary Assistant is to provide support and assistance to the veterinary medical staff. The Veterinary Assistant must embody the culture of treating every client and colleague with the utmost courteous and attentive treatment possible, with a keen sensitivity to the emotional bond between owners and their pets.


  • Maintain a safe and clean work environment, including but not limited to the cleanliness of laundry, floors and cages.
  • Assist with basic animal restraint
  • Provide basic animal husbandry and hygiene between patients 
  • Basic record keeping procedures
  • Ensure proper stocking of medical supplies and janitorial needs
  • Essential job functions include walking, standing, bending, lifting up to 50 pounds, writing, hearing, seeing, speaking, and sitting.


  • High school diploma or equivalent required; candidates from vocational co-op programs also considered
  • Ability to read, write, and speak English is required
  • Knowledge and practical application of basic arithmetic, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division is required
  • As we are a 24 hour hospital, must be flexible to work nights, weekends and holidays.  For the duration of the program, you must be able to change schedules at intervals to be determined.  Upon successful completion of the program, a permanent position with benefits and regular schedule may be offered.
  • We are seeking individuals who have strong emotional competencies; those that are self-aware, have infectious positive attitudes, authenticity and caring toward others
  • This training program pays $11.50 per hour.  For successful candidates who are offered a permanent position, pay rate will be evaluated at the time of the offer.

Application Requirements:

  • Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references to be considered.


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