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This online veterinary assistant course will prepare you to become a productive member of a veterinary team by helping you learn the fundamental skills needed for a successful career.
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Are you an animal lover? Have you ever considered a career as a veterinary assistant? If yes, then this veterinary assistant training course is perfect for you. It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to become a productive member of any veterinary team.
Throughout this online veterinary assistant program, you will learn every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory procedures, emergency care, small and large animal assisting, exotic species, veterinary dentistry, human-animal bond, pharmacy procedures, and more.
You will 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. This veterinary assistant course concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you will 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.
What you will learn
How you will benefit
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this program are included with enrollment. The following eBooks are available for your course. Reading assignments in each lesson will be linked to the eBook for the designated reading.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended but not essential.
Our highly knowledgeable Enrollment Specialists will answer any questions you might have about the course and payment options.
Tracy Heyland, RVT
Tracy Heyland is a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT), earning the Academic and Practical Proficiency Award upon graduating. She brings 25+ years of experience in small animal medicine to her teaching, earned the Provincial Instructor Diploma, certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach, and is Fear Free Certified. Tracy has worked in general practice, emergency medicine, veterinary sales, operations management, and teaching positions and runs her own coaching and training company for veterinary teams, leaders, and managers.
Giving back to the veterinary profession is a passion of Tracy's where she volunteers for a veterinary technologist program advisory committee, remotely located spay and neuter projects, and a veterinary technologist association continuing education committee.
How much do veterinary assistants make?
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for veterinary assistants is $41,113, with those who have more than 10 years of experience earning over $55,724.
What is a veterinary assistant? What does a veterinary assistant do?
The number one job of a veterinary assistant is to assist the veterinarian and veterinarian technicians with basic tasks. As a veterinary assistant, you may feed, weigh, and take the temperature of various animals. You may also help give medication, clean cages, and provide nursing care for animals when they have surgery or other medical procedures. You may also bathe and exercise animals as needed and help restrain them during treatment. As a veterinary assistant, it is also your responsibility to clean and sterilize equipment and exam rooms. Some veterinary assistants even perform clerical work such as scheduling appointments and speaking with customers as well. The duties vary widely, but all are important to ensuring the health and well-being of animals inside the veterinary practice.
How long does it take to become a veterinary assistant?
This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start whenever you are ready and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six months to complete the course.
What is the difference between a veterinary assistant and a veterinary technician?
While the people in both these jobs may work in the same location (and potentially with the same animals), they perform very different roles. Veterinary assistants most likely have received training through a certificate program and training on the job by veterinary technicians to help with basic duties like setting up equipment and cleaning areas of the clinic like surgery sites. Veterinary technicians, or vet techs, have a formal education—likely a two- or four-year degree accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association. They are also required to pass a licensing exam in most states. In short, veterinary technicians can perform more advanced clinical tasks under a veterinarian's supervision to help treat animals.
Does this course prepare you for a certification?
Not at this time.
When can I start this course?
This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.
How long does it take to complete this course?
After you register, you will receive 6 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.
What if I don't have enough time to complete the 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 the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.
What kind of support will I receive?
Our courses are designed to accommodate various learning preferences. Depending on the course structure, you may get different forms of support. Self-paced courses are designed to be user-friendly and independent, minimizing the need for external support. In courses with instructors, our direct platform support feature includes opportunities for questions, discussions, and remediation, with email and phone support available for select courses. Our student advising team is available to guide you on program requirements and administrative requests, but they do not provide assistance with course content. Our goal is to provide you with the necessary support for success, whether it's through self-paced exploration, direct communication, or guidance from our advising team.
What happens when I complete the course?
Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.
Am I guaranteed a job?
ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.
Can I get financial assistance?
ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about 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 1-877-221-5151 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 "Contact Us."
I’ve never taken a course that is concerned about anything past teaching you the material itself. You cannot begin to understand how much I appreciate this lesson and the skills that I will be able to take and use for every future job I work. Thank you for how detailed and interesting this course has been and how helpful and polite everyone I’ve talked to has been!
R.S., San Diego State University Global Campus
I very much enjoyed this course and feel that I am walking away with a wealth of knowledge in this career field.- K.L., Southeast Missouri State University
I loved that I could do my classes any time of the day...being a military spouse I don't have a lot of free time, most of the time! I wouldn't change anything! I loved it and was satisfied with everything!!- C.S., Fayetteville Technical Community College
I loved being able to complete assignments and work at home. I am a single mother of two children and cannot afford to put them in daycare so staying home with them while I completed the course saved a lot of money. I was able to spend much needed time with my girls!- C.N., Central Carolina Technical College
I really liked the fact that it was all based on my own schedule and I did not feel rushed or stressed about homework assignments or tests.- B.S., Jackson State Community College
My instructor was wonderful! She checked in to see if everything went the way it should and made sure everyone knew they could ask any questions that they had!- A.L., Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington
I like how this program is self-paced and how quickly everything is graded. The facilitator always got back to me in a timely manner and I feel that I learned a lot.- P.H., Atlantic Cape Community College
Dr. Grognet is an excellent facilitator. The course content was extremely meaningful and relevant because Dr. Grognet authored the learning modules - and he appeared/demonstrated in course videos. The course content and assignments were substantive and challenging. His credentials, professional experiences, and passion for veterinary medicine are inspiring for students. The feedback received from Dr. Grognet was very timely and individualized for the student. He demonstrates professionalism and style. Lastly, the online learning platform was student friendly - ease in navigation and understandability. An excellent with distinction - program and facilitator! - M.D., Youngstown State University
I really enjoyed the way in which the material was represented. It was fun to learn with the review games and helpful pictures. Also my facilitator was helpful in answering my questions. They answered them quickly and with much description.- S.K., University of North Dakota
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