High School Diploma with Veterinary Assistant Career Pathway
Take the first steps toward a career as a veterinary assistant while you earn your high school diploma online with Penn Foster High School. Our Veterinary Assistant Career Pathway program allows you to work toward a diploma as a veterinary assistant, and gives you foundational knowledge, skills, and experience needed to work in the veterinary industry. Three of the five concentration electives in the High School Diploma with Veterinary Assistant Career Pathway program are transferable to the NAVTA-approved Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant
Career Diploma program.
Veterinary Assistant jobs are on the rise and projected to grow 19% through 2028.¹
Career Readiness and Digital Citizenship
Study valuable workplace skills and project the confidence of an employee shaping a successful career. This course covers the use of technology to find information in ways that are ethical and effective, as well as the importance of access to digital technology and your digital privacy.
Veterinary Assistant 1
Review anatomical and veterinary procedure terminology as it relates to the orientation and location of animal body parts. You’ll practice recognizing cells, tissues, organs, and the organ system, both structurally and functionally. You’ll also study how to identify organs, structures, and functions of body systems.
Veterinary Assistant 2
Discover the skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant and contribute to the veterinary team. You’ll study animal nutrition, care for aging animals, and animal anatomy, including the reproductive systems of animals and the unique anatomies of birds and reptiles. Practice taking good medical history, performing a thorough physical examination, and assisting the veterinarian in humane, safe, and effective ways.
Study proportional relationships and practice using number lines and coordinate planes to reason with integers. You’ll work to develop fluency in writing, interpreting, and translating between various forms of linear equations and inequalities, and using them to solve problems. You’ll also review the meaning of the solution to a linear equation and apply related solution techniques and the laws of exponents to the creation and solution of simple exponential equations.
Veterinary Assistant 3
Study animal vaccination, transport of injured animals, signs of common emergency problems, and basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation. You’ll review types of wounds and wound care, parasites and parasitology, and animal habits and behaviours. Lastly, you’ll study common procedures used in sample collection and diagnosis, treatment procedures, and physical therapy.