Students completing this program can sit for the Veterinary Assistant Certification (VET) exam administered by the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA).
Are you an animal lover with a deep-seated passion for animal care and well-being?
Veterinary Assistants are the unsung heroes of animal healthcare, playing a pivotal role
in ensuring the health and happiness of our beloved pets. As a Veterinary Assistant, your daily routine will encompass a diverse array of responsibilities, all centered around providing compassionate care to furry, feathered, and scaled patients.
Our comprehensive training program is crafted to nurture your passion for animals and transform it into a profession filled with empathy, expertise, and enthusiasm. Our program will guide you through animal care techniques, medical terminology, and practical skills that are essential for success in the field. Ignite your passion, make a positive impact, and embrace a future filled with boundless opportunities.
In the ever-evolving world of animal healthcare, the future is undeniably bright for Veterinary Assistants, and statistics lend weight to this promising outlook:
- Sustained Industry Growth: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a remarkable projected growth of 20% in the employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers from 2022 to 2032. This growth rate significantly exceeds the average for all occupations, emphasizing the industry’s rapid expansion.
- Pet Ownership Trends: The increasing number of pet owners who view their animals as family members fuels the demand for skilled Veterinary Assistants. As more people seek comprehensive care for their pets, the need for professionals in this field continues to rise.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Veterinary Assistants is projected to grow 20 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 26,800 openings for veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
The Veterinary Assistant course prepares students for a new career in the field of veterinary medicine. Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This course also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintain an efficient front office. This veterinary assisting course is a vital asset to the student who wishes to work in this exciting and rewarding career field.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain how to dissect a medical term in terms of prefixes, word roots, combining forms, and suffixes.
- Define general medical terms and abbreviations used in veterinary medicine.
- Define veterinary medical terms and abbreviations that apply to each body system including those for anatomy, physiology, diagnostic procedures, and pathological conditions.
- Define terms that describe body parts and anatomy specific to various species of animals.
- Define common terms that denote sex, age, birthing, grouping, and general descriptions of animals.
- Define veterinary medical terms and abbreviations associated with examination, pharmacology, pathology, surgery, dissection, and laboratory procedures.
- Define specific veterinary terms and abbreviations used to describe canines, felines, equines, ruminants, swine, birds, and other species.
- Explain the foundations of veterinary practice in terms of ethical, legal, safety, practice management, and professional communication.
- Explain the concepts associated with veterinary diagnostics.
- Explain the concepts associated with veterinary therapeutics.
- Explain the concepts associated with animal nursing care and husbandry for different animal species.
Topics covered in this program include:
- Veterinary Medical Terminology and Abbreviations
- Veterinary Practice
- Communications, Professionalism, and Legal Concepts
- Veterinary Safety and Aseptic Technique
- Canines and Felines
- Pocket Pets, Rabbits, and Laboratory Animals
- Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish
- Zoo Animals, Exotic Animals, and Wildlife
- Beef and Dairy
- Swine, Sheep, and Goats
- An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
- The Musculoskeletal and Digestive Systems
- The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
- The Endocrine and Renal Systems
- The Reproductive and Immune Systems
- The Nervous and Sensory Systems
- Animal Nutrition
- Microbiology and Parasitology
- Animal Restraint and Handling
- The Physical Examination and Patient History
- Veterinary Assistant Procedures
- Laboratory Procedures
- Radiology and Imaging Procedures
- Surgical Procedures
- Program Fee$1,895
The all-inclusive program fee covers everything a student needs to successfully complete the Clinical Medical Assisting program, including:
This program qualifies for the MyCAA Tuition Assistance Program sponsored by the Department of Defense—a program designed for military spouses.
Upon completing the online training program, a student is eligible* for our optional Veterinary Assisting Externship. The Veterinary Assistant Externship is a standard 40-hour unpaid rotation. The purpose of the Externship is two-fold: to give each student hands-on instruction and practice conducting a variety of procedures with supervision and to connect each student with a potential employer in their local market.
As a participant in this Clinical Externship, you must agree to provide a resume to their assigned Externship Coordinator no less than three weeks following initial contact. Failure to provide such a resume will result in students not participating in the externship opportunity. In addition, the following terms and conditions apply to the Externship:
By participating in this process, students are entering into an unpaid volunteer clinical externship opportunity which, at no time, constitutes an employee-employer relationship. The facility is under no obligation to continue your clinical experience, nor should you maintain these expectations.
*Students who wish to participate in this course’s optional clinical externship portion must complete their program with a grade of 70% or higher on the final exam and course average, spending at least 50 hours in the course. All externship placements are subject to the availability, scheduling, and staffing needs of the externship sites.
Is an Externship position guaranteed if I successfully complete this program?
We will coordinate an externship for each eligible student at a healthcare organization in their local area. In over eight years of providing this service, we have not had an instance where we could not do this—pandemic or no pandemic. With this said, we cannot guarantee a placement due to circumstances outside our control which include a lack of healthcare organizations located in a rural area, acts of God, situations where healthcare organizations have curtailed their operations due to a pandemic or other cause or in situations where a student chooses not to meet the outlined requirements.