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Harrison College Veterinary Assisting Program Receives Accreditation Through NAVTA

College is One of Six Schools Nationally to Receive Accreditation

Indianapolis, IN, December 22, 2011 --( Dr. Myra Jones, national dean of the Harrison College School of Veterinary Technology (, has announced that the Veterinary Assisting program has received accreditation through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). The mission of NAVTA is to represent and promote the profession of veterinary technology.

Harrison College’s Veterinary Assisting program is designed to prepare students to enter into a career as a veterinary assistant, a part of the veterinary team whose duties include basic animal husbandry, animal restraint, preparation of laboratory samples, oral and topical medicine administration, sterilization of surgical and laboratory equipment, sanitization of animal areas, and additional basic veterinary practices. Students are required to complete 36 credit hours to receive program certification. The curriculum covers all topics that an assistant would need in a veterinary facility, from behavior and restraint techniques to medical ethics and office assisting.

Harrison College started its Veterinary Assisting program in April 2011, and applied for the NAVTA accreditation in July. The accreditation allows graduates to take a national certification exam to become approved veterinary assistants. Harrison College is one of only six programs nationally that have received NAVTA accreditation.


“Because we only began offering the program in April, we haven’t yet graduated anyone from the Veterinary Assisting program,” said Dr. Jones. “Receiving NAVTA accreditation so quickly is important, because it means that all of our students are going to graduate from an accredited program.”

“We are proud to announce that our program has been accredited by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America,” said Jones. “Veterinary technology is a field that has experienced tremendous growth over the past few years and our program is designed to give students the skills that they need to become excellent veterinary technicians.”

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- Harrison College’s School of Veterinary Technology also offers an Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S) in veterinary technology. That program is accreditated by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
- For a complete list of accredited veterinary technician programs, visit

About Harrison College:
Harrison College is a contemporary, career-focused institution of higher education serving more than 6,000 students throughout the United States and internationally, with 12 campuses in Indiana and Ohio, a culinary school in Indiana and one in North Carolina, and courses online at The institution grants associate and bachelor’s degrees across five schools of study: business, health sciences, information technology, criminal justice, and veterinary technology, as well as its culinary division, The Chef’s Academy. Harrison College offers students a variety of learning environments including online, traditional classroom or a combination of both. Accredited by the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Harrison College is dedicated to excellence in higher learning and is currently a candidate with The Higher Learning Commission, an affiliate of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA). Harrison College was founded in 1902 as Indiana Business College and has a rich history of preparing students for success in their chosen profession. For more information, visit

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