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Veterinary Assistant School - Penn Foster College

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.
NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant School

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 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.
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.​
Award-Winning Faculty
Learn from Penn Foster’s dedicated and passionate Veterinary Academy Team, winners of the AVTE-Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching!
Hands-On Training
Hands-On Training
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.​

Compare Our Tuition

Affording an education that can help you take the first steps toward a career in veterinary medicine isn’t easy. At Penn Foster, we work to keep our Vet Assistant tuition costs and program fees as low as possible. With several payment plan options, you can start working toward the education you want, on your budget.
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Student Experience

A Customized Learning Experience

With mobile-friendly coursework, progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, virtual simulations, informative videos, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Experience (PFx) is online learning 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.
Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Curriculum

Important State Requirements: Be sure to check here for the requirements in your state.

Vet Assistant School Tuition

With our flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started learning how to become a Veterinary Assistant online today.​
  • I apply the skills I learned every day during my job. I'm constantly placing catheters, intubating, running anesthesia, clipping in cleaning wounds. I learned all this at Penn Foster.
    Coty F.
    Veterinary Techician Graduate
  • You learn at your own speed. How it works for you is how you make it work.
    Christan B.
    Veterinary Assistant Graduate
  • After being a veterinary receptionist I became more knowledgeable about the field and different roles and departments. I was eager and hungry to learn more. So I did my research and decided this is what I truly want to do. I chose Penn Foster because I knew if I paid out my pocket I definitely would finish, I refused to throw my money away.
    Ashley B.
    Veterniary Assistant Graduate
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.
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¹ Penn Foster. "Veterinary Technician and Assistant Employer Survey." 22 Aug 2014.

² Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers, on the Internet here.