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Online Vet Tech Program

Certified veterinary technicians are in demand and the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects that there will be about 14,800 new job openings for skilled vet techs each year for the next ten years.* If you’re looking for a rewarding career that allows you to make a difference, working in the veterinary field could be the perfect fit for you! With Ashworth’s online AVMA CVTEA accredited Veterinary Technician Associate Degree, you’ll learn the foundational skills necessary to becoming a successful vet technician including veterinary anatomy and physiology, animal pharmacology, animal husbandry, and more. In our online Vet Tech Program you’ll also prepare for real-world work through 270 hours of clinical experience so you can apply what you learn online to the actual day-to-day duties of a vet tech.

Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to take national credentialing exams like the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) which is a requirement for employment in the field in many states. Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to take national credentialing exams like the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) which is a requirement for employment in the field in many states. View VTNE test scores for Ashworth’s Vet Tech Students.

Online Veterinary Technician Degree Curriculum

Our online AVMA-accredited Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program is designed to help you take the first steps toward a career as a certified, licensed, or registered vet tech. Through four semesters, your self-paced classes will cover general education and career-focused topics that can be essential to success on the job, as well as passing the VTNE. Your online vet tech classes include:

  • Small Animal Husbandry and Restraint
  • Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
  • Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing
  • Large Animal Nursing and Medicine

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The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Veterinary Technician is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA). Ashworth College is also accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission.

CVTEA Accredited

What you get

  • Digital textbooks: Principles and Practices of Veterinary Technology, Clinical Anatomy and Physiology for Veterinary Technicians, Dog Anatomy: A Photo Atlas, Cat Anatomy and Dissection Guide, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, Laboratory Procedures for Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary Instruments and Equipment: A Pocket Guide, Diagnostic Imagine for Veterinary Technicians, Small Animal Surgical Nursing, Laboratory Animal and Exotic Pet Medicine: Principles and Procedures
  • AVMA CVTEA-accredited vet tech curriculum
  • 270 hours of clinical training
  • Student Portal dashboard for instant access to lessons and support
  • Learning Resource Center online libraries and labs
  • ProQuest® digital access to thousands of sources for research
  • An active online community of fellow students, staff, and grads

job growth

Vet Tech Job Opportunities

Career opportunities for skilled veterinary technicians are growing fast. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of veterinary technicians to grow 21% from 2022 to 2032. This rapid growth is because more veterinary practices are utilizing vet techs to do general lab work and hiring skilled vet techs to replace veterinary staff who are not as skilled. Veterinary Technicians are paid a competitive salary for their essential skills and duties performed within a practice.


As a grad, you’ll be prepped for your certification exam and eligible for the important professional licensing employers demand.


Enroll in one semester at a time and complete each of them in as few as six months based on your study pace.


This is one of the most affordable online veterinary technician programs available at any vet tech school.

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Online Vet Tech Program Faculty

Our faculty has extensive professional experience in their fields. They’re here to help you learn, grow, and excel.

Frequently asked questions

Whether you’re new to online education or have taken an online course before, you may still have some questions about how Ashworth College works. Here’s what you need to know.

While a vet tech degree may not be required to work in the field in all states, it can be an important credential to help you stand out when applying for vet tech jobs. Additionally, many states DO require you to be certified or registered as a veterinary technician, and earning an AVMA-accredited degree is necessary to pursue those industry-recognized credentials. By earning a veterinary technician degree and completing your clinical hours, you’re also building foundational skills that will be necessary to successfully complete your day-to-day duties as a vet tech.

As soon as you enroll, you gain access to the Ashworth College Central Network. It's an online toolkit that offers step-by-step guidance for building your resume, drafting cover letters, writing thank you notes, and more. Your lessons may refer you to the Ashworth College Central Network as you prepare to graduate and take new steps in your career. After you earn your degree, you'll retain your account so you can sharpen your resume and interview skills anytime you need to.

Our online Veterinary Technician Associate Degree is entirely self-paced, meaning your can prepare for a career on your terms. While the average completion time for students is 6 months per semester, you’re given up to 4 years to complete the entire degree program.

After graduation, you may choose to sit for the VTNE. The VTNE is a nationally recognized credential that can be vital to starting a career as a veterinary technician. Once you’ve passed the VTNE, you can go on to become a certified or registered veterinary technician in your state. If you'd like to continue your education and increase your earning potential in the field, you can also enroll in the Veterinary Technology Bachelor’s Degree offered through our sister school, Penn Foster.

Related Programs from Our Partner School, Penn Foster

Our partner school, Penn Foster, also offers several veterinary industry training programs. These online programs are flexible and self-paced online classes, just like Ashworth College, and allow you to take the next step in your career on your terms. These programs include

Veterinary Technician Clinical Experience

Veterinary technicians have a wide range of hands-on responsibilities including providing emergency care or nursing aid, administering x-rays, preparing animals for surgery, and more. As part of our program, you have the opportunity to develop these skills in a real-world clinical environment. We will provide students with advice and strategies to aid in the pursuit of finding a clinical site. And, unlike other vet tech programs, clinical experience hours are included in each semester.

Students and prospective students are advised to review the program’s health and safety policies located in the student catalog to help inform them of occupational risks to zoonotic diseases and rabies prevalence in the region they will be performing clinical skills.

Some students choose to use a fast track lab to complete some of their clinical skills on species which may be more difficult to access near the student’s home. Fast track labs, offer accelerated clinical experiences focusing on large and sometimes laboratory animal skills. However, it's key to recognize that these optional labs are hosted by third parties, so come with additional costs to students. The average expense ranges from $400 to $450, covering the lab itself, but students must also consider travel and lodging expenses. Students are advised to budget for all associated costs and make informed decisions to maximize the benefits of fast track labs.

State and local laws may restrict clinical experiences to those at least 18 years old.

State requirements

A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government, and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.

Ashworth College is unable to determine whether the curriculum meets the educational requirements or certification in: American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

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