Veterinary Assistant Courses

Veterinary assistants help animals and their clients by assisting veterinary technicians and veterinarians with handling of pets, exams, and front office work. If you’re considering a career that allows you to help animals, our online veterinary assistant high school classescourses can help you prepare to take your first steps toward the job you wanta veterinary career while earning your diploma. You’ll complete your online high school core classes, like English, science, and math, then you’ll take five elective classes that cover the foundational skills needed to be a successful veterinary assistant. 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, helping you get a head start on your training after you graduate.

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State Licensing

Licensing and/or certification requirements for veterinary jobs are not the same in every state and may include educational, testing, and/or experiential requirements beyond those offered in the Penn Foster Program. Prospective students should contact the state professional licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state(s) where they plan to work to determine their requirements before enrolling in this Program. Click here for contact information for state licensing/regulatory boards and certain industry licensing information.

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Vet Assistant Career Pathways Courses

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What classes should I take in high school to become a veterinary assistant?

If you’re interested in becoming a veterinary assistant, you can start preparing by taking veterinary-focused classes in high school. With our online Vet Assistant High School Pathway, you can earn your diploma while learning the basics of anatomy and physiology, terminology, and animal handling and restraint.


How do I get experience as a veterinary assistant?

Most people get vet assistant experience once they secure an entry-level job in the field. However, you can also gain experience through volunteering, furthering your education after high school, and externship opportunities. After completing your vet assistant career path high school diploma, you’ll have a head start on completing the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma. As part of the program, you’ll take part in a required externship, allowing you to gain experience and apply what you learned to real-world situations.


Do you need a high school diploma to become a veterinary assistant?

Veterinary assistants need a high school diploma or equivalent to meet the minimum requirements for the job. While you don’t necessarily need to study to become a vet assistant and many employers don’t require certification, having a veterinary assistant diploma can help you stand out from other applicants.


What is the current outlook for the veterinary medicine industry?

The veterinary medicine industry is only expected to grow over the next decade. As more people are becoming pet owners and more emphasis is placed on pet wellness, the need for skilled vet assistants will offer a variety of opportunities to start your veterinary career path.

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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. "Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers." Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed June 16, 2021

Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.