Veterinary Assistant School

Career Diploma in
Veterinary Assisting

Online veterinary assistant programs are an essential training ground for aspiring veterinary assistants. The Ashworth College online veterinary assistant program provides in-depth instruction in the behavior, care and treatment of animals to prepare you for a worthwhile career and includes a one-year membership in the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), a professional trade organization for veterinary assistants and technologists.

  • Prerequisite: None
  • Study Method: eBook (Online Textbook, Lessons & Exams)
  • Program Length: As few as 4 Months

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  What You'll Learn

Ashworth College offers one of the few veterinary assistant school programs that covers veterinary anatomy and animal behavior, laboratory procedures, emergency care, nutrition and more 100% online. Each of your lessons is designed to help prepare you for a rewarding career.

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Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Animal Care Careers  

Basic operations of veterinary practices; legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in a veterinary clinic; basic knowledge of routine veterinary office procedures.

Lesson Group 2: The Veterinary Office

Office and Hospital Procedures  

Front office team members; the roles of the veterinary assistant; telephone communications; scheduling appointments; common office forms; admitting and discharging procedures; pet health insurance plans.

Medical Records, Inventory Management, and Client Relations  

Maintaining medical records; determining reorder points and pricing of products and services; the effects of body language on client communication; the human-animal bond; stages of grief.

Lesson Group 3: Veterinary Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pharmacology

Veterinary Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology  

Medical terms and word parts; cell structure and body tissues; structure and function of the integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, digestive, endocrine, genitourinary, and nervous systems; the special senses and their general function.

Veterinary Pharmacology and Pharmacy  

Routes of drug administration; drug forms and dosages; legal requirements for writing prescriptions and dispensing medications; categories of drugs; drug effects; disinfectants and antiseptics.

Lesson Group 4: Small-Animal Nursing

Animal Behavior and Restraint  

Normal and common abnormal behaviors exhibited by dogs and cats; procedures used to prevent and correct behavior problems in dogs and cats; restraining dogs and cats for a variety of procedures.

Animal Husbandry and Nutrition  

Preventive care; proper housing and sanitation; nutritional needs and feeding methods of dogs and cats in different life-cycle stages; common zoonotic diseases; vaccine requirements.

Small-Animal Care and Nursing  

Patient history and physical examination; therapeutic bathing; nail trimming and expression of anal sacs; oral and subcutaneous administration of medications; fluid therapy; categories of wounds and methods of wound management.

Lesson Group 5: Clinical Procedures

Surgical Preparation and Assisting  

The role of the veterinary assistant in surgical nursing; using appropriate terminology related to surgical procedures; sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment; suture materials; asepsis in the surgical suite.

Laboratory Procedures  

Collecting and preparing samples for diagnostic testing; lab equipment; hematology and clinical chemistry tests; immunology and urinalysis tests; common parasites of dogs and cats.

Diagnostic Imaging  

Principles of X-ray generation; commonly obtained radiographic views for dogs and cats; proper patient positioning during radiographs; safety concerns; radiology record-keeping procedures.

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  What You Get

Complete your Veterinary Assisting course online on your terms. Start on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can achieve your dreams as a veterinary assistant.

Our course combines a balance of theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition includes:

  • Full-color textbook
  • Open-book, online exams
  • Dedicated academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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  • One-year NAVTA membership. Benefits of NAVTA include a digital copy of the NAVTA Journal, access to members-only education and support, and special discount offers.

Graduates of our veterinary assistant school programs receive a personalized career diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You will also receive your NAVTA membership. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its veterinary technologist and veterinary assistant members and advocates for the competent care and humane treatment of animals.

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Love working with animals? Begin your Veterinary Assisting course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.