Veterinary Assistant Program

Continued growth in the pet care industry means that the demand for veterinary assistants will continue to increase-the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 10% growth in employment for veterinary assistants through 2022. Ashworth College's online Veterinary Assisting program provides in-depth instruction in the behavior, care, and treatment of animals relevant to working in veterinary offices nationwide. Your Vet Assistant program is designed to meet National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) standards and includes a one-year NAVTA membership. Benefits include access to NAVTA journals and e-newsletters, discounts on pet health insurance, equipment, and transportation, and more! Start today, study at your own pace and finish in as fast as four months.

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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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Why Ashworth College Veterinary Assistant School?

  • Ashworth's online Veterinary Assistant program was developed to align with National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) standards. NAVTA is a professional trade organization that represents and promotes the professions of veterinary assisting and veterinary technology.
  • Ashworth College Vet Assistant Training Program is one of the most affordable online vet tech programs among all the veterinary assistant schools.
  • Your Veterinary Assistant Training program was recently revised and features the most up-to-date information regarding front office procedures, veterinary pharmacology, small-animal nursing, and surgical assisting.
  • Your course includes a one-year NAVTA membership at no additional cost to you.
  • Your veterinary assistant school offers numerous virtual field trips to reinforce advanced concepts and enhance your multimedia experience.

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.

Our Veterinary Assistant Course Training

As part of Ashworth career school's Veterinary Assistant program, you'll learn how to schedule appointments, admit and discharge patients, interpret animal behavior, handle both healthy and sick animals, and maintain proper animal housing, sanitation, and nutrition.

Employers are looking for veterinary assistants who can:

  • Properly handle and restrain animals during veterinary procedures
  • Clean and maintain kennels, animal holding areas, and examination rooms to control the spread of disease
  • Prepare medical instruments and equipment for use
  • Assist veterinarians in examining animals to determine the nature of illnesses and injuries
  • Schedule patient appointments and procedures and maintain animal medical records

Ashworth College Student Reviews

"I'm proud to be a graduate. I highly recommend Ashworth to everybody."
– Susan Neubach, Student

"I'm so proud of what I have achieved and the confidence that I have now. I'm just delighted to be a graduate!"
– Jessie Schmid, Student

"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, Student

"My family is very proud that I chose this program and that I'm graduating. I'm very happy!"
– Ruth Aliednego, Student

Your Veterinary Assistant Course Includes:

  • Customized veterinary assisting textbook and study guides
  • One year Membership in NAVTA
  • Career diploma at graduation; you may participate in our live commencement ceremony
  • Personalized career guidance

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

It's important that the vet assistant program you choose includes the latest information on front office procedures, scheduling systems, and pet health insurance plans. Look for a program that has only the lesson content you need to know; a program that's focused on the veterinary assisting skills you need to start your career. Your vet tech program should include lessons on terminology, anatomy, physiology, behavior, restraint, nutrition, and small-animal nursing procedures. You also want a program that covers clinical veterinary assisting, including surgical preparation, laboratory procedures, and imaging procedures.

Is this course all online or do I get books?

The program textbook is shipped to the student. Learning guides are available online and as printed booklets.

Complete our online veterinary assistant program at your pace and on your terms. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.