Certified Veterinary Assistant Paid Apprenticeship Lakeland, Florida

About the Position


Want to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant AND get paid while you learn? You don’t have to pay to go to technical school or college to earn this credential. You can learn on-the-job alongside an amazing team and get paid at the same time! Certified Veterinay Assistant Apprenticeship candidates will have the opportunity of a starting pay rate between $12 - $16/hr, with up to a $2/hr pay increase provided training goals are met and skill proficienes are developed at the end of the 12-month program.

At Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic, we have developed a one-of-a-kind program to help you learn knowledge and skills to start your career in veterinary medicine. No prior veterinary experience is needed! As a Veterinary Assistant, you can truly make a difference in the lives of people and their pets. You only need to be hungry for an opportunity to work and committed to learning.

AscendVets 12-month Veterinary Assistant Apprenticeship Program will offer:

  • In-person, interactive training the first 2 weeks of employment, facilitated by professional trainers
  • Continued coaching and support throughout your journey to include mentors, hands-on and individual training based on the standards outlined by the Florida Veterinary Medical Association
  • Online learning platform that allows you to work at your own pace during the twelve-month apprenticeship period
  • Opportunity for 2 pay increases as skills and knowledge are improved during the apprenticeship period
  • Individual support to ensure you have met all Florida Veterinary Medical Association requirements to sit for the CVA exam; we will provide a proctor and pay your exam fee!
  • Future opportunity for growth through our fully-paid Certified Veterinary Technician Scholarship Program

Veterinary Assistant Apprentices will work primarily at Parkway Veterinary Emergency Clinic during evening and weekend hours. Must be willing to work overnight shifts, and holidays, and rotate through other AscendVets locations as needed for training and staffing needs. The two-week training period is expected to begin on October 3, 2022, and would be held from

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

We would love for you to submit your resume today! Please no calls to our office.

The Ideal Candidate

The following is a list of essential job requirements which may be revised at any time. Additional requirements may be assigned based on reasonable business needs.

  • Ability to adhere to attendance policy.
  • Any allergies to animals must be controllable through medication.
  • Must be able to lift 40 pounds.
  • Must be willing to work long or irregular hours under pressure conditions.
  • This position requires the ability to walk, bend, stand and reach constantly during a minimum 8-hour day.
  • Visual acuity sufficient to maintain accurate records, recognize people and understand written directions.
  • Ability to speak and hear sufficiently to understand, give information in person and over the telephone.
  • Fine motor skills adequate for nursing skills such as phlebotomy and utilizing hospital equipment such as computer or tablet, radiology equipment, laboratory equipment, etc.

The Perks

Competitive benefits package for full-time team members includes:

  • Health insurance benefit contribution (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retirement Plan ( 401k)
  • Optional supplemental insurance plans
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Continuing Education and development opportunities
  • Generous Pet discount
  • Paid Holidays and Holiday incentive pay
  • Company-provided uniforms

AscendVets is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug-Free Workplace. Drug screening and background check are required for successful candidates. We request that candidates in need of reasonable accommodation under ADA notify of a need for accommodation.

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