If you love working with animals, take the first step toward a new career as Veterinary Assistant with the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program at Penn Foster College. Take affordable classes online — at your own pace — and apply what you've learned through a hands-on externship training at a veterinary practice of your choosing.
Why Attend a NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant School?
While Veterinary Assistants are not required to be a graduate of a NAVTA-approved veterinary assistant school, based on a recent employer survey, 87% of veterinary practices are more likely to hire a graduate of a NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program.¹
Why Choose Penn Foster College?
Start and Study When You Want
Learn at home or on the go through our custom-designed, mobile-friendly learning platform, available 24/7.
Learn from Penn Foster’s dedicated and passionate Veterinary Academy Team, winners of the AVTE-Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching!
Apply what you've learned at the veterinary practice of your choice through our hands-on externship program.
Set Your Goals and Pace
Customize your study and exam schedule with progress-tracking and goal-setting tools that keep you moving forward.
Penn Foster is one of only three online Veterinary Assistant programs approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).
Connect with Other Students
Connect in real-time with other Veterinary Assistant students in the Penn Foster Community.
Why Become a Veterinary Assistant?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Veterinary Assistant jobs are on the rise,² but you will need training to be eligible for these roles. With the Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant program, you'll learn important on-the-job skills like handling and restraint, providing emergency first aid to animals, using veterinary terminology, and more. To see how our Veterinary Assistant career diploma helped one graduate, check out our conversation with Caitlin Louden.
A Customized Learning Experience
With interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is an online learning experience like no other!
Veterinary Assistant Course Details
Our Veterinary Assistant training program will help you gain the knowledge, skills, and hands-on experience that can help you take steps toward a job as a certified Veterinary Assistant. Aligned with NAVTA standards, your program will cover caring for animals after surgery, helping provide emergency first aid and medication to sick or injured animals, maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment, obtaining animal health histories, and more.
I found Penn Foster to provide everything that they promised. I completed the Veterinary Assistant Program and plan on taking another program in the future to further my education.
Barbara C. Veterinary Assistant Graduate
Penn Foster is a great school with amazing people who always help and work with you through ANY situation. I experienced a fire in my home, and Penn Foster was there for me to cope through the situation.
Claudia D. Veterinary Assistant Graduate
Penn Foster is a wonderful school. I was glad that I was able to complete my program online, spend time with my family, and not be stuck in a classroom.
Kate M. Veterinary Assistant Graduate
Veterinary Assistant Salary
The veterinary industry is growing much faster than average, with a projected increase in the need for trained veterinary professionals over the next ten years.² If you’re looking to get started in the animal care field, now is the perfect time to prepare for an entry-level job as a Vet Assistant. Trained Veterinary Assistants help at animal clinics and hospitals by giving medication, providing care for animals, and completing other tasks necessary to the care of small and large animals. On average, the median entry-level salary for a veterinary assistant in the industry is $25,250,² which can vary based on your training, experience, and the market for veterinary professionals in your area.