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Our online vet tech associate degree is perfect for animal lovers

Written by Ashworth College on Thursday, 17 May 2018. Posted in Why Ashworth

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Our online vet tech associate degree is perfect for animal lovers

Your love of animals could be guiding you towards a rewarding career!

Consider training for a career with the animals you’re so passionate about in our affordable online vet tech associate degree program. The curriculum is self-paced and includes a 270-hour clinical externship so you can get hands-on experience working with animals in a professional environment.

What does a vet tech do?

A certified veterinary technician can potentially work in a range of environments. Animal hospitals, boarding facilities, aquariums, wild animal parks, safaris, and zoos all need skilled professionals to care for the animals on a daily basis. As a vet tech, you might work with familiar domestic animals like dogs and cats or wild and exotic species like dolphins and elephants. In all cases, you will work under the guidance and supervision of an attending veterinary doctor and provide assistance by performing tasks like:

  • Drawing blood and performing laboratory analysis
  • Assisting with anesthesia administration
  • Taking X-rays
  • Administering treatments like medication, wound care, and first aid
  • Preparing surgical instruments and supplies
  • Restraining animals during exams and procedures
  • Monitoring vital signs and condition
  • Bathing, grooming and feeding

Benefits of the Ashworth College program

The Ashworth College online vet tech associate degree program includes important education in animal biology, veterinary technology, procedures, pharmacology, practice management, and more. But because it's an online program, it also offers several advantages over traditional programs.

Let's start with flexibility. With us, you can complete your studies at your own pace and at the times that suit you. Our online platform is equally ideal for early birds and night owls. Plus, our veterinary faculty includes real experts in the field – may of whom are currently working in their own veterinary practices. They're knowledgeable about the latest trends and most current technology being used by their peers.

Next, let's talk about cost. It'll be hard to find a more affordable associate of applied science veterinary technician program. The tuition comparison on the lower half of this page shows you the difference: vet tech associate degree tuition.

Earning your vet tech associate degree through our program gives you the training you need to enter the field and start your career, but you can also take what you learn and apply it to additional education for a higher degree. Before you get to that step, though, you have to give yourself permission to GO AHEAD and start your coursework! Talk to an admissions advisor today!

Let's talk about your educational goals. Call 1-800-957-5412