Our affordable online veterinary assistant program
Prepare for a career in veterinary offices nationwide in as little as four months! Ashworth College's online veterinary assistant program covers all of the essential skills you need to boost your professional prospects in an exciting, fast-growing industry.
Focusing on the behavior and care and treatment of animals, this program offers flexibility and affordability. You’ll enjoy the opportunity to gain high-demand veterinary assistant training while balancing your studies with your life.
Online Vet Assistant Class Curriculum
Our online vet assistant training is designed to help students prepare to take the first steps toward starting a successful career in the veterinary industry. Through our online curriculum, you’ll develop skills that are essential to working in the field, and apply what you learn through a hands-on, 120-hour externship. Your online vet assistant classes include:
- The Veterinary Office
- Veterinary Anatomy, Physiology, and Pharmacology
- Animal Nursing
- Clinical Procedures
What you get
- 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
It's a great time to begin veterinary assistant training. More than 50 million U.S. households own more than one pet, so it's not surprising that the U.S. Department of Labor expects vet assistant and laboratory animal caretakers careers to grow 19% by 2031.*
Gain the expertise to pursue opportunities as an entry-level veterinary assistant.
Graduate with 120 hours of supervised experience in a professional veterinary clinic or facility externship.
Multimedia virtual field trips reinforce advanced concepts in veterinary care.
Veterinary Assisting externship
Admitting patients, handling animals, interpreting pet behavior, and maintaining proper housing, sanitation and nutrition—there's no better way to develop career-ready skills than to practice them in the real world. As part of our Veterinary Assisting program's externship, students must complete 120 hours under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian or credentialed veterinary technician. Students arrange their own externship according to Ashworth College guidelines and are responsible for all expenses incurred.
Frequently asked questions
You may be taking your first steps into higher education. Or you may be considering online study for the first time. Whatever your situation, we're here to guide you through the process and answer any questions you have.
Yes! Our veterinary assistant online program is designed to teach you the basic real-world skills that are used in veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and pet boarding facilities across America. You will graduate with a solid foundation on which to start your career. As you enhance your knowledge through meaningful on-the-job experience and additional education, you should be able to quickly advance in the veterinary field.
All graduates keep access to their accounts on the Ashworth College Central Network, an online toolkit that provides step-by-step guidance through resume templates, cover letters, thank you letters, and more. As a student, you will interact with the Ashworth College Central Network throughout your lessons to make you comfortable with the tools and prepare you to make a good impression on potential employers once you've graduated!
We allow you up to one year from the date of your enrollment to complete your veterinary assistant online program and graduate. Unlike many other vet tech programs, Ashworth College lets you study at your own relaxed pace on a flexible study schedule. It's just one of the many benefits of pursuing your education at Ashworth College.
Our Veterinary Assisting Career Diploma is not the only flexible online veterinary and pet care program available at Ashworth College.
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.