Career Advice

Career Advice & Opportunities in Veterinary Health Care

The veterinary health care team is essential to our practice at Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals. Every person in every position matters greatly and contributes to our high standard of care for companion animals.

Explore Each Role in the Veterinary Profession

Veterinary Technicians

A veterinary technician is an important member of our veterinary health care team, providing technical support to the veterinarian in every aspect of care. They are trained professional support staff, providing nursing and assistance to veterinarians. Technicians provide patient monitoring, animal restraint, surgical and dental assistance, and laboratory diagnostics. They are responsible for administration of medicines, treatments, and anesthesia, among other vital animal care and veterinary clinical tasks.

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Veterinary Assistants

A veterinary assistant is an important member of our veterinary healthcare team, assisting the veterinarians and technicians in performing daily tasks. Veterinary assistants perform duties such as handling patients, cleaning and setting up equipment, reception and clerical work, and kennel care.

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Veterinary Technician Specialists (VTS)

Veterinary technician specialists receive additional specialized training, testing, and certification in an area of veterinary medicine. Recognized specialties include dental technology, behavior, emergency & critical care, anesthesia, internal medicine, zoological medicine, and equine veterinary nursing.

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Veterinary Assistant Program

This program is held at Brookdale Community College and is accredited through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) and is given in collaboration with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Tinton Falls. Students who graduate are eligible to sit for the national exam to earn the credential of Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA). Veterinary Assistants are an integral part of the veterinary healthcare team, working under the direct supervision of a veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician.

Through classroom and clinical instruction, students are trained to provide assistance in the following area of study: office procedures and client relations, pharmacy, preventative healthcare, behavior and restraint, veterinary medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, safety in the veterinary workplace, animal nursing, laboratory procedures, surgical and recovery room assistance, radiology and emergency response (254 hours).

Program Prerequisites

  • Grades of C on college transcript in 100-level math and English courses
  • Accuplacer scores of 250 in arithmetic and reading comprehension
  • SAT scores of 540 in critical reading and 530 in quantitative
  • ACT scores of 23 in reading and 22 in math
  • Grade of 4 in advanced placement high school English and math

Additional Information

  • must be 18 years of age or older
  • Admitted students must submit to criminal background check and drug screen (additional fee).
  • Physical required including tetanus shot and immunization titers
  • Admitted students must have health insurance
  • 75 percent average is required for participation in clinical
  • NAVTA program attendance requirements for classroom and clinical instruction must be met to graduate.
  • Students must purchase textbooks, khaki scrubs, and sneakers for class and clinical instruction.
  • Admitted students without documentation submitted prior to the start of the program will be administratively withdrawn from the program and a $150 processing fee will be charged.


Students who achieve the AVA credential are eligible to articulate their education and receive two college credits towards the Veterinary Technician Program (AVMA Accredited) at Bergen County College in Paramus, NJ, OR, four college credits toward the Veterinary Technician Program (AVMA Accredited) at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA.

For more information on the Veterinary Assistant Program, click here. 

High School Mentorship

Veterinary Mentorship for Monmouth Co. High School Seniors

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals offers an eight-week mentorship program for high school seniors seeking a supervised educational experience in a veterinary hospital.

Select local high schools have integrated mentorship programs into their curriculums for their senior class students and are continually seeking potential mentors. Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals has participated in this program since 2001. The purpose of this eight-week mentorship is to provide senior students from Monmouth County a collaborative learning experience with a science/health related theme. Mentor sites host students two hours per day, three days per week.

Student Requirements

  • 18 years old (or within three months of it with proper paperwork).
  • Rabies vaccines for hands-on participation. Students are in a controlled supervised educational position so, if shadowing only, they do not require the vaccine.
  • Proof of health insurance.
  • Background check and drug test are not required for this position.

Available Positions

  • One per semester


  • None to student

Affiliated High Schools

  • High Tech High School in Lincroft, New Jersey
  • Allied Health and Science in Neptune, New Jersey

Contact our hospital for additional information.