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Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma

Pursue a career as a veterinary assistant

If you love working with animals, take the first step toward your new career and learn how to become a Veterinary Assistant with the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program at Penn Foster Career School. Take courses online and apply what you learned with our 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 Career School?
Start and study when you want
Our mobile friendly, custom designed student portal is easy and intuitive to use at-home or on-the-go.
Award-Winning Faculty Team
Learn from Penn Foster’s dedicated and passionate Veterinary Academy Team, winners of the 2015 AVTE-Merial Award for Excellence in Team Teaching!
Hands-on training
Choose a veterinary practice location near you to apply the hands-on skills required to work as a Veterinary Assistant.
Set your goals and pace
With our progress-tracking and goal-setting tools, you can customize your study and exam schedule to help meet your personal goals.
Penn Foster is 1 of only 3 online Veterinary Assistant programs approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.
Connect with other students
Connect in real-time with your peers in your career area in our Penn Foster Community.
Why become a Veterinary Assistant?
Veterinary Assistant jobs are on the rise according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics² but you will need training to be eligible for these roles. Start your career training now by learning important on-the-job skills like handling and restraint, using veterinary terminology, and how to provide emergency first aid for animals — with our program. Check out our conversation with Veterinary Assistant graduate Caitlin Louden to see how our career diploma program helped her accomplish her goals.
Student Experience
A Digital Learning Experience
With interactive, mobile-friendly courses, progress-tracking and goal setting, and personal coaches to help you succeed, the Penn Foster Online Learning Experience (PFx) is designed to help you succeed!
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 towards becoming a certified veterinary assistant. Your training and curriculum is aligned with the NAVTA standards for veterinary assistants. Your program will cover how to:
  • Monitor and care for animals after surgery
  • Maintain and sterilize surgical instruments and equipment
  • Help provide emergency first aid and medication to sick or injured animals
  • Obtain animal health histories and records

Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Curriculum

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

With flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started on your veterinary assistant training online today.
  • 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. I will probably continue with this school to get my degree to become a Veterinary Technician.
    Kate M.
    Veterinary Assistant Graduate
Veterinary Assistant graduate
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offer ends 3/31/17

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.
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