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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 a new career as Veterinary Assistant with the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program at Penn Foster Career School. 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
NAVTA-Approved Veterinary Assistant School
Why Choose Penn Foster Career School?
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.​
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.
Student Experience
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.
Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Curriculum

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

With our flexible, affordable payment options, you can get started learning how to become a Veterinary Assistant 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.
    Kate M.
    Veterinary Assistant Graduate
Veterinary Assistant graduate
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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.
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