Study with Career Step and gain the skills you need to get a job as a veterinary assistant. With average salaries of $25,000/yr** and open positions nationwide across the $60 billion a year pet industry, there are many opportunities.
Choose our training for:
Quick graduation timeline – You can be trained and working in 3 months or less! The course includes 150 hours of curriculum, so you could be done in just 1 month if you study full time.
Online flexibility – Study at the pace and on the schedule that works for you. The online format makes it easy to go back to school.
One-on-one instructor support – With access to dedicated student and graduate support advisors – available by phone, email, and chat – it’s like having your own personal tutor every step of the way.
With our online Veterinary Assistant training you can develop the skills you need to quickly excel in your new field! Call 1-800-411-7073 or request free information today for more details!
What role do veterinary assistants play?
Veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. Your specific responsibilities would vary from location to location, but may include:
Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operation rooms
Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment
Monitoring and caring for animals after surgery
Helping to provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals
Veterinary assistants work in veterinary practices and clinics nationwide. As many clinics and animal hospitals are open 24/7, night and weekend schedules are often available.
What is the job market for veterinary assistants?
Veterinary assistants are primarily found working for veterinary service providers (such as private clinics and animal hospitals) though they may also work for colleges and universities or research facilities. They are part of the $60 billion a year U.S. pet industry, which is increasing the demand for these professionals. There are opportunities nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for veterinary assistants will grow by 10%, or over 7,000 new jobs, before 2022.
How much can I earn as a veterinary assistant?
Veterinary assistant pay rates vary by employer, geographic location, and experience as in any other field. The U.S. Department of Labor includes these professionals in the Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers category and reports that the middle 50% of professionals in this field earn between $19,750 and $29,240 a year.
Do I need to be certified?
No. Employers do not typically require their veterinary assistants to be certified, and just having formal training will help your resume stand out in the job market.
What are the advantages of training with Career Step?
Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares students to work as veterinary assistants. With Career Step, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive curriculum developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live student and graduate support, and quickly gain the specialized skills and you need to succeed as a veterinary assistant. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and Career Step provides everything you need to succeed!
What kind of skills or experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?
In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the Career Step Pre-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.
How is Career Step's Veterinary Assistant program structured?
The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a veterinary assistant.
See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.
What type of student support does Career Step offer?
Career Step student support includes access to:
Student Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help students master important concepts.
Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation. Your Graduate Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.
Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. Career Step's student support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.
See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.
How long does it take to finish the course?
The Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program is 150 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary from other students. Some students are able to complete their training program in as little as 1 or 2 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, students who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).
Every student who enrolls in the Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of enrollment. Though the program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 6 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month enrollment, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.
How do I find work after graduation?
Career Step offers personalized post-graduation resources for your job search, including:
Personal consultation with a Graduate Advisor
Personalized interview tutorials and training
Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
Success to Career Step's help hotline for 6 months after graduation
These resources offer the personalized help you need after graduation to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our graduates are hired within a few months of graduation.
Learn more about Career Step’s graduate support in this quick interview with several of our Graduate Advisors.
What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?
Your enrollment includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as a veterinary assistant. Your enrollment includes:
Access to expert-created curriculum
Complete ebook library
One-on-one help from student and technical support
Valuable graduate resources
Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:
Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
Available USB port
Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
Firefox 3.x or greater***
Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)***
Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)***
Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is not currently compatible
Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.