Animal Humane Society is excited to launch the new Rachael Ray Veterinary Technician Training Program to train and equip anyone interested in pursuing a career as a veterinary technician in our shelters and clinics.
Right now, a nationwide shortage of veterinary technicians is impacting the number of animals that AHS can help in its shelters, as well as limiting the number of appointments available to the public for our low-cost veterinary centers.
Our goal is to help more animal lovers turn their passion for animal welfare into a career with AHS, as well as increase our capacity to help more animals and their people.
AHS is one of the first animal welfare organization in the country to create a full-time, formal training program for veterinary technicians where employees are paid while they train.
What is a Veterinary Technician?
As a veterinary technician at AHS, you play a key role in our ability to prepare animals for adoption and keep even more people and their pets together.
Vet techs work alongside veterinarians to help provide animals with the medical care and attention that they need. Day-to-day tasks can include:
- Assisting in the examination of animals
- Taking X-rays
- Administering medications
- Assisting in surgical procedures
- Performing treatment and monitoring of animals
You’ll also interact directly with pet parents to provide education and support on their pet’s condition, counsel them on the results of any exams, and answer any questions they may have.
“As a vet tech at AHS, each day is an adventure,” Jennifer Charewicz, a current vet tech, said. “There’s a certain amount of flexibility needed in this role because the day can change quickly no matter what role you’re scheduled in for your shift.”
No two days will ever be the same for you at AHS, but what does stay the same is the level of support you’ll have from your fellow team at the Vet Center. “We all jump in to help whenever needed,” Charewicz said.
The Rachael Ray Vet Tech Training Program at AHS
The Rachael Ray Vet Tech Training Program is a 7-month program that mixes classroom lessons with hands-on practice each week. The goal is to provide students with as much information as efficiently as possible.
“Even though it was quick, it was well digested,” Paige Sorenson, a previous graduate of the program, said. “I learned much more in this program than in other programs that were much longer.”
As a member of a training cohort, you’ll have the opportunity to train for appointments, exams, treatments, surgery, and more, with proficiency exams midway to test your progress before moving onto more training.
“The trainers prepared a lot of content beforehand for us. The trainers were so willing and we were willing to learn,” Sorenson said.
Members of the training cohort will be paid an hourly salary and benefits while they complete the program, and upon graduation, individuals will be promoted to full-time AHS veterinary technicians with the choice of either working in our shelters or veterinary centers.
Because AHS is not a school, the training program is not accredited, and therefore graduates are not eligible for licensure in the state of Minnesota.
Who is right for the Rachael Ray Vet Tech Training Program?
One of the most exciting aspects of the new Vet Tech Training Program at AHS is that anyone with a passion for helping animals is welcome to participate — even if you have no animal care experience.
Dave Burklund, a previous graduate of the program, says, “It’s individualized as the trainer works on the skills that you need to build.”
The Rachael Ray Vet Tech Training Program is a great fit if you:
- Want a dynamic career that offers new challenges regularly
- Want a purpose-driven career where you can make a difference for animals in need
- Are excited to learn, build new skills, and work hard
AHS wants to create the best experience possible for students in our Vet Tech Training Program and provide you with all of the support, resources, and training that you need to be successful.
“They want the best out of you,” Burklund says, “and they are going to give you as much support as possible.”
Interested in the Rachael Ray Veterinary Technician Training Program at AHS?
Applications are now open for the Rachael Ray Vet Tech Training Program, and the first cohort, which will begin in October, will have five individuals. Additional cohorts are expected to start approximately every 3-4 months thereafter.
Find more information or apply for the program, and start making a difference in the lives of pets and their people today.