Veterinary Assistant

  • 6 Months
  • 225 Course Hours
  • $1,995

Overview

Start Your Career in the Veterinary Industry

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This intensive course will provide the information you need to become a productive member of a veterinary team. The course is designed for people who want to work as veterinary assistants at veterinary hospitals and for those already employed in related positions. Upon completion of the course, you will also have the opportunity to gain access to an Externship Starter Kit.

Are you looking for veterinary assistant schools near you? The course covers all the requirements that hospitals and veterinarians' offices look for, and more! You'll learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs.

You'll also learn how to interact professionally with clients and gain the expertise you need to educate them about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication. The course concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your expertise, and develop strong interview skills. You will truly learn everything you need to know to be successful in your new career.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center.

What you will learn

  • The anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • How to handle medical records and communicate with clients and coworkers.
  • How to restrain animals for procedures, take vital signs, and bathe them.
  • All about nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.
  • How to assist during surgery and dental procedures.
  • Preparation of prescriptions and taking blood samples and radiographs.

How you will benefit

  • Upon passing this course, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.
  • You will be able to use your instructor as a professional reference.
  • Assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to our Externship Starter Kit.

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 6-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.  A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended but not essential.


 

Job Outlook

Veterinary assistants work with veterinarians to help treat illnesses and injuries of various animals. They may be responsible for exercising, feeding and bathing animals, as well as cleaning and disinfecting their cages and exam rooms.

Earn $28,000+ Annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $28,590 in May 2019.
 
Expected 16% Job Growth
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects, employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. High turnover should result in good job opportunities.

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale

 

Curriculum

Getting Started file

Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital file

Getting Ready for Your First Visit file

Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System file

Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints file

Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems file

Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen file

Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations file

More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies file

Canine Restraint file

Feline and Exotic Restraint file

The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs file

Everyday Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant file

Workplace Hazards and Infection Control file

The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures file

Vaccinology file

Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods file

Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses file

Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do file

Giving Medications file

The Euthanasia Process file

Taking Blood Samples file

Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood file

Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation file

Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies file

Radiographs and Personal Safety file

Radiographic Positioning file

Pain Recognition and Emergency Care file

Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care file

External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More file

Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart file

Poisonings in Pets file

Surgery 1: Preparing the Patient file

Surgery 2: Your Role During and After file

Understanding Animal Behavior file

The Job Search and Future Opportunities file


 

Instructor

Jeff Grognet
 
Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.

 

FAQs

WHAT DO VETERINARY ASSISTANTS DO?
Veterinary Assistants support animal doctors and technicians in their daily tasks by cleaning and maintaining equipment, feeding, exercising and grooming patients, preparing and sanitizing surgery suites, restraining and handling patients, and clerical and administrative work.
 
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO VETERINARY ASSISTANTS WORK? 
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work mainly in clinics, animal hospitals, and research laboratories. 
 
HOW DO YOU BECOME A VETERINARY ASSISTANT? 
The typical career path for a veterinary assistant involves earning a high school diploma or GED (although this is not required), then enrolling in a certificate course to learn the specifics of the job. Upon earning a certificate, the graduate finds employment as a veterinary assistant. The Veterinary Assistant course from ed2go is a great start; you'll get a professional reference from your instructor that you may use to find a job.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 6-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

 

 
 

Overview

Start Your Career in the Veterinary Industry

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This intensive course will provide the information you need to become a productive member of a veterinary team. The course is designed for people who want to work as veterinary assistants at veterinary hospitals and for those already employed in related positions. Upon completion of the course, you will also have the opportunity to gain access to an Externship Starter Kit.

Are you looking for veterinary assistant schools near you? The course covers all the requirements that hospitals and veterinarians' offices look for, and more! You'll learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs.

You'll also learn how to interact professionally with clients and gain the expertise you need to educate them about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication. The course concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your expertise, and develop strong interview skills. You will truly learn everything you need to know to be successful in your new career.

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center.

What you will learn

  • The anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • How to handle medical records and communicate with clients and coworkers.
  • How to restrain animals for procedures, take vital signs, and bathe them.
  • All about nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.
  • How to assist during surgery and dental procedures.
  • Preparation of prescriptions and taking blood samples and radiographs.

How you will benefit

  • Upon passing this course, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.
  • You will be able to use your instructor as a professional reference.
  • Assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to our Externship Starter Kit.

How this course is taught

  • This is a non-credit program offered in partnership with ed2go.  You do not have to be admitted to the university to enroll in this program. 
  • This is an open enrollment program, which means you can enroll and start at any time.  There are no set start and end dates. 
  • This course is entirely online and can be completed at a pace and time that is convenient for you.  There are not set times you must attend classes.  
  • You will have 6-months from the date of enrollment to complete this program.  

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.  A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended but not essential.


 

Job Outlook

Veterinary assistants work with veterinarians to help treat illnesses and injuries of various animals. They may be responsible for exercising, feeding and bathing animals, as well as cleaning and disinfecting their cages and exam rooms.

Earn $28,000+ Annually
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers was $28,590 in May 2019.
 
Expected 16% Job Growth
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects, employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. High turnover should result in good job opportunities.

Requirements

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment:

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale

 

Curriculum

Getting Started file

Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital file

Getting Ready for Your First Visit file

Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System file

Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints file

Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems file

Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen file

Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations file

More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies file

Canine Restraint file

Feline and Exotic Restraint file

The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs file

Everyday Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant file

Workplace Hazards and Infection Control file

The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures file

Vaccinology file

Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods file

Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses file

Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do file

Giving Medications file

The Euthanasia Process file

Taking Blood Samples file

Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood file

Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation file

Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies file

Radiographs and Personal Safety file

Radiographic Positioning file

Pain Recognition and Emergency Care file

Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care file

External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More file

Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart file

Poisonings in Pets file

Surgery 1: Preparing the Patient file

Surgery 2: Your Role During and After file

Understanding Animal Behavior file

The Job Search and Future Opportunities file


 

Instructor

Jeff Grognet
 
Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.

 

FAQs

WHAT DO VETERINARY ASSISTANTS DO?
Veterinary Assistants support animal doctors and technicians in their daily tasks by cleaning and maintaining equipment, feeding, exercising and grooming patients, preparing and sanitizing surgery suites, restraining and handling patients, and clerical and administrative work.
 
WHAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT DO VETERINARY ASSISTANTS WORK? 
Veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers work mainly in clinics, animal hospitals, and research laboratories. 
 
HOW DO YOU BECOME A VETERINARY ASSISTANT? 
The typical career path for a veterinary assistant involves earning a high school diploma or GED (although this is not required), then enrolling in a certificate course to learn the specifics of the job. Upon earning a certificate, the graduate finds employment as a veterinary assistant. The Veterinary Assistant course from ed2go is a great start; you'll get a professional reference from your instructor that you may use to find a job.
 
DO I HAVE TO BE ADMITTED TO MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY TO ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?
No, you do not have to be an admitted student to Mississippi State University to enroll in this program.  Our online non-credit advanced career training programs are open to all. 
 
WHEN CAN I START THE COURSE? 
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO COMPLETE THIS COURSE? 
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive 6-months to complete the course.
 
WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE MY COURSE WITHIN THE TIME FRAME PROVIDED? 
The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
 
WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT WILL I RECEIVE?  
You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via email) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will also be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I COMPLETE THE COURSE? 
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from Mississippi State University Extension.
 
AM I GUARANTEED A JOB?  
This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.
 
CAN I GET FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE?  
This course is non-credit, so it does not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some cases, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available, to learn more go to: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance
 
HOW CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THIS COURSE?  
If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-662-325-5002 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the "Request More Info" form.

 

 
 

Registration Information

WIOA Approved

This is a Mississippi WIOA approved program.  Those interested in seeing if they qualify to use WIOA funding to pay for this training should contact their local MS WIN Job Center. 

The Veterinary Assistant program is 100% online and allows you to enroll at any time.  After enrolling you will have 6-months to complete the program at a pace that is convenient for you.  You can get started today by clicking the "Enroll Now" button below and completing your registration at our partner ed2go site.