Veterinary Technician Degree Online

The pet care industry is booming as more and more households include companion animals as part of the family. Veterinary practices continue to make it their mission to provide the finest care to their patients, and part of that is the responsibility of skilled veterinarian technicians. Ashworth College’s online Veterinary Technician degree program provides in-depth instruction in the behavior, care, and treatment of animals relevant to working in a veterinary office. Our comprehensive program is paired with clinical experience, allowing you to get hands-on practice while taking your online courses. Upon completion of our veterinary technician program, you will graduate with your Associate of Applied Science degree. Start your program anytime, and finish it online at your own pace.

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Semester 1

EN110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

This course will help students sharpen skills that will help in achieving maximum learning as they complete their degree programs. Taking this course will unlock students' undiscovered potential and will help them discover their multiple intelligences and best ways to learn. This course will also help students uncover strengths and build from them, as well as explore the areas where they might change behaviors to ensure college success.
Credit Hours: 3

C02 - Business English  

This course presents the basic principles of communication that are particularly applicable in business and industry, providing a foundation for more effective communication skills. It focuses on the proper use of English grammar in business settings.
Credit Hours: 3

SC160 - Basic Biology  

This course provides an introduction to biology through the study of basic chemical reactions, cell structure and function, biochemical pathways, the physiological processes of the human body, and the basic principles of evolution and ecology.
Credit Hours: 3

VT101 - Introduction to Veterinary Technology  

This course will provide an overview of the veterinary industry and the roles and responsibilities of the veterinary health care team members. Legal and ethical issues related to the veterinary industry will be discussed. An introduction to medical terminology, communications and professionalism in the workplace is also included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT103 - Small Animal Husbandry and Restraint  

This course will provide an overview of animal husbandry, including housing and basic animal care of companion animal species. An overview of animal behavior, methods to safely handle and restrain dogs and cats, and procedures for obtaining and recording patient vital signs cats will be presented. Students will begin documentation of competence in animal handling in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

VT110 - Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology  

This course focuses on in-depth discussions of anatomy and physiology of domestic animal species and the clinical, pathological, and surgical applications of the unique aspects of anatomy and physiology of these species. Aspects of comparative anatomy of all common domestic and companion animal species will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

C17 - College Mathematics  

This is a comprehensive review of mathematical skills and concepts commonly used in academic and vocational applications. Topics include whole numbers, fractions, decimal notation, ratios and proportions, percents, statistics and measurement, geometry, real numbers, and algebra.
Credit Hours: 3

VT112 - Veterinary Pharmacy and Pharmacology  

The course provides detailed information regarding the storage, handling, dispensing, and disposal of medications as well as legal requirements related to use of medications. Specific information on the classes of medications used on animal species and their indications, contraindications, and side effects is included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT114 - Veterinary Practice Management  

This course provides an in-depth discussion regarding routine office procedures in the veterinary practice, including scheduling of appointments, financial transactions, and maintenance of client and patient records. Aspects of facility management, inventory control, and client communications will be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

VT116 - Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques  

This course provides detailed information to allow students to develop competence in collection of diagnostic samples for analysis, including blood, urine, and fecal specimens. Procedures for administration of enteral, parenteral and topical medications will also be presented. Routine diagnostic procedures in ophthalmology are also included. Students will document competency in performing diagnostic and therapeutic techniques as well as routine office procedures in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 3

VT201 - Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 1  

This course provides detailed information to allow students to identify common parasitic forms and perform diagnostic procedures for identification of parasites. Additional course topics include performing microbiology and cytology evaluations and principles and procedures for immunology testing.
Credit Hours: 3

VT204 - Small Animal Nursing  

This course focuses on nursing care of dogs and cats to include fluid therapy principles and procedures, physical therapy, bandaging and wound management, and topics in veterinary dentistry. Selected topics related to emergency and critical care will also be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

VT206 - Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging  

This course focuses on principles and procedures in veterinary radiology and radiation safety. Detailed information on patient positioning for common radiographic views will be emphasized. Additional information related to ultrasound, endoscopy, and alternate imaging modalities will be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

VT208 - Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Nursing  

This course provides detailed information regarding principles and procedures related to veterinary anesthesia and surgical nursing. Pharmacology of commonly used anesthetic agents, procedures for administration and monitoring of anesthesia, methods of sterilization of equipment, identification of surgical equipment, and procedures for preparing patients and personnel for common surgical procedures and assisting in common surgical procedures are included.
Credit Hours: 3

VT210 - Animal Diseases  

This course focuses on disease processes, including diagnosis, treatment, and control of common diseases in veterinary species. Students will document competency in performing anesthetic procedures, surgical and medical nursing and diagnostic imaging techniques in the veterinary practice setting.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 4

VT220 - Veterinary Laboratory Procedures 2  

This course provides detailed information on principles and procedures in veterinary hematology, hemostasis, clinical chemistry and urinalysis. Emphasis is on performance of common procedures in the veterinary practice laboratory.
Credit Hours: 3

C04 - Introduction to Psychology  

This is a survey of the field of psychology, including the development of behavior, physiological mechanisms of behavior, perception, motivation and emotion, consciousness, learning, memory, personality and mental health.
Credit Hours: 3

VT224 - Laboratory and Exotic Animal Care and Nursing  

This course focuses on methods for performing husbandry, nursing, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used in laboratory and exotic animal medicine.
Credit Hours: 3

VT226 - Large Animal Nursing and Medicine  

This course provides information on principles and procedures related to common diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used with equine, bovine and other farm animal species. Collection of diagnostic specimens, nursing care of farm animals, administration of medications, and performance of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will be discussed.
Credit Hours: 3

VT228 - VTNE Review  

This course provides a comprehensive review of materials to assist the veterinary technology student in preparing for the national credentialing examination. Test-taking strategies will also be discussed. Students will document competency in performing laboratory techniques in the veterinary practice setting as well as husbandry, handling, and common nursing procedures in laboratory and large animal species.
Credit Hours: 3

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Why Ashworth College’s Veterinary Technician Program?

  • Ashworth College’s vet technician training program is one of the most affordable online veterinary technician programs among all the veterinary technician schools.
  • Program includes 270 hours of clinical experience, allowing you to practice what you learn in a real-world environment. Convenient online veterinary technician courses allow you to complete your studies at your own pace.
  • The veterinary technician degree program allows you to enroll in one semester at a time and complete each of 4 semesters in as few as 4 months based on your study pace.
  • You can take all exams and submit all assessments online – exams are auto-graded for instant feedback.
  • Your Veterinary Technician training program includes the most up-to-date information regarding laboratory procedures, animal nursing and medicine, diagnostics and imaging, pharmacology, and surgical nursing.


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) accredits Veterinary Technology Programs. Ashworth College has applied for accreditation through the AVMA CVTEA and the application has been accepted. New programs are eligible to receive initial accreditation after a CVTEA site visit. Students must have completed approximately 2/3 of the program prior to the site visit. The CVTEA is scheduled to perform an initial site visit in February of 2018.

Application for accreditation does not guarantee accreditation. All students who graduate after accreditation has been granted will be recognized as graduates of an accredited Veterinary Technology Program. For more information on the AVMA, visit

Clinical Veterinary Technician Experience

Apply the skills you acquire in a real-world environment while you learn with Ashworth’s Veterinary Technician clinical experience opportunities. Ashworth will assist our students in locating a facility where they can complete the 270 hours of clinical experience required for graduation. And, unlike other vet tech programs, clinical experience hours are included in each semester. In addition to the opportunities we offer, students may also be able to make their own clinical experience arrangements with approved facilities.

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.

Most states require graduates to complete the Veterinary Technician National Examination (VTNE.) The American Association of Veterinary State Boards administers the VTNE and maintains a database of requirements by state.

Our Veterinary Technician Program

Ashworth’s online Veterinary Technician associate degree program gives you in-depth instruction in the knowledge and skills needed to work as a veterinary technician. Everything you learn is designed for real-world application in a meaningful, in-demand career. A prerequisite to this program is a high school diploma or GED.

Employers are looking for veterinary technicians who can:

  • Observe and identify the behavior and medical condition of animals
  • Provide emergency care or nursing aid to injured or recovering animals
  • Take x-rays and administer medications, vaccines and other treatments prescribed by a veterinarian
  • Collect laboratory samples and perform clinical and laboratory tests such as blood or urine analysis
  • Administer anesthesia and prepare animals for surgery

Ashworth College Student Reviews

"Thank you Ashworth for making it possible to go to school while having a family and a job!”"
– Shirley Ann Griffin

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– Samantha Currier‎

"I love Ashworth College because I don’t have to take student loans to pay my school fees. It is affordable and you can study at your own time."
– Michell Oberly

Your Veterinary Technician Program Includes:

  • Textbook and/or comprehensive online resources
  • Comprehensive online course materials
  • Online exams and assessments
  • Access to Academic Advisors
  • Personalized faculty feedback on all written assessments
  • Ability to track academic progress and manage account information via the student portal
  • Personalized Career Guidance
  • Ability to interact with peer vet tech students, faculty and staff via Ashworth’s Online Community

What features should I look for in the Ashworth College Veterinary Technician degree program compared to other veterinary schools?

It’s important that the veterinary technician degree program you choose includes the latest information on laboratory procedures, surgical preparation, and imaging procedures. Your veterinary technician program should include lessons on terminology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, restraint, nutrition, and both large and small animal nursing procedures. A well-rounded program includes clinical experience that allows you to practice what you learn in your program.

Are these Veterinary Technician courses all online or do I get books?

The general education courses in this program include a physical textbook that is shipped to the student at the start of the course. All of the veterinary technician courses use eBooks.

Does Ashworth College help students secure clinical experience hours?

Yes. Ashworth College can assist students in finding potential opportunities to complete this experience. Students may also choose to arrange their own clinical experience in consultation with the program’s Clinical Coordinator.

Earn your Associate Degree in Veterinary Technician online on your terms. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.