Veterinary Nursing Development: Programs Created By Veterinary Technicians For Veterinary Technicians

October 19, 2021

Created and run by a team of credentialed seasoned veterinary technicians, our veterinary nursing development (VND) programs include partnerships with formal education programs, as well as in-house upskilling tools and resources to help each veterinary nursing team member deliver the highest level of patient care while achieving their career goals. 

VND programs include: 

  • NVA Veterinary Education Sponsorship Program  
  • Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) Mentorship Program 
  • RECOVER BLS and ALS Rescuer Certification Support and Training
  • VetBloom, atDove and Fear Free Discounts and Support 
  • Clinical Training Resources & Workshops
  • Collaboration and support with VND leaders across the country

“Veterinary technicians, assistants, and practice managers play such a vital role in our hospitals. The VND team is so proud to offer these amazing team members access to innovative and world-class programs and trainings to not only advance their career development, but the veterinary profession as a whole.“

– Janet McConnell, CVT
Program Director, Veterinary Nursing Development

NVA Veterinary Education Sponsorship Program in partnership with Penn Foster and Colby Community College

NVA has partnered with Penn Foster College to deliver their online, on-demand programs to NVA community 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 NVA. 

The Penn Foster College partnership offers something for every member of the support team: 

  • Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) 
  • Veterinary Technician (AS)
  • Veterinary Technology (BAS)
  • Veterinary Practice Management (VPM) 

Colby College Veterinary Nursing Program provides discounted tuition to NVA Students.

Students are eligible for sponsorship from their hospital with leadership approval, or discounted tuition for self-pay students.

Fear Free Training 

NVA proudly partners with Fear Free, an organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets by inspiring and educating the people who care for them. Through our partnership, we are able to extend a generous discount for team members to become Fear Free Certified Professionals.

Veterinary Technician Specialist Mentorship Program 

For veterinary technicians with a desire to specialize in a specific specialty or discipline of veterinary medicine, the VTS mentorship program offers monthly meetings and mentorship to support 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 have not had exposure, offer support, and encourage others to pursue a specialty. 

RECOVER Certification 

RECOVER Certified BLS and ALS Rescuers are prepared for the ultimate emergency through knowledge and skills required to give their patients the best chance of survival. NVA is proud to offer support for team members to become certified rescuers through discounted courses and in-person training. 

In-House Upskilling & Clinical Training Resources & Workshops

NVA supports in-house development for veterinary nursing team members to gain knowledge, skill, and continuing education by partnering with the following online resources: 

  • VetBloom Training Program Access: NVA is proud to partner with this platform which offers  RACE approved, specialty focused CE for doctors and veterinary technicians/assistants. It includes an 3D Vet Simulator for anesthesia training, collaborative and customizable content, and progress tracking for a discounted rate.
  • Online Resource Access: Presented by the skilled team at DoveLewis emergency and specialty hospital, hosts a wide collection of RACE approved CE resources online and on-demand. NVA offers a discount on clinic pricing and support in setting up the access.

In addition to online resources, VND provides live instructor led clinic training workshops on a variety of topics, delivered virtually or in person.

These comprehensive and innovative programs are open to all NVA technicians and assistants throughout our community! Interested in learning more about one or more of these programs? Feel free to reach out to the VND team at