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Career Diploma: Veterinary Assistant

Penn Foster Career School's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to animal care and veterinary medicine. Read more about Penn Foster's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma here.

Official Program Name:

Veterinary Assistant

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster Career School

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

Penn Foster Career School's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma Program gives enrolled students the opportunity to learn the skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant. The course covers basic handling of animals, medical and body systems terminology, and the assistant's role in all stages of care, including anesthesia, surgical procedures, and hospice. The curriculum finishes with a module on the business of veterinary practice and includes record keeping, billing, communication issues, and office administration.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster Career School

Penn Foster supplies all of the materials students need to complete the program, including books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids.

Learning Format:

Online

Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster Career School to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Learning Strategies
    • Introduction to Animal Care
  • Instruction Set 2
    • Behavior
    • Handling and Restraint
  • Instruction Set 3
    • Introduction to Veterinary Terminology
    • Animal Skeletal and Muscular Systems
    • Integumentary, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems
  • Instruction Set 4
    • Digestive, Reproductive, and Urinary Systems
    • Nervous System, Sensory Organs, and Endocrine System
  • Instruction Set 5
    • Nutrition
    • Genetics, Reproduction, and Aging
    • Avian and Reptile Anatomy
    • History and Physical Examination
  • Instruction Set 6
    • Pathology
    • Immunology
    • Emergency Care
    • Wound Care and Management
  • Instruction Set 7
    • Clinical Parasitology
    • Small and Large Animal Nursing, Parts 1 & 2
    • Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Instruction Set 8
    • Radiology, Parts 1 & 2
    • Instrumentation and Principles of Aseptic Technique
    • Surgical and Anesthetic Preparation
  • Instruction Set 9
    • Veterinary Practice and Administration
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • General Accounting Practices
    • Veterinary Practice Procedures

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma Program may wish to further their education by pursuing a degree in veterinary science. Earning a degree may present further opportunities for career advancement.

Degree possibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Veterinary Science
  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Career Paths:

Animal care is a widely varied industry with many possible career paths. Candidates with an understanding of animal handling and care may be competitive candidates for a number of animal-related career opportunities, including jobs that are not specifically in the health-care field.

Entry-level positions that graduates might pursue include:

  • Animal hospital aide (public or private)
  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Zoo or animal handler assistant
  • Animal groomer
  • Pet shop personnel
  • Animal boarding facility worker
  • Animal trainer assistant
  • Animal preserve worker