Top Online Veterinary Assistant Schools

Review some important considerations for choosing an online or hybrid veterinary assisting program. Read about three schools with online programs in this field, and check their national rankings. Explore the veterinary assisting degree programs that each school offers via distance learning. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Makes a Top Online Veterinary Assistant School?

Look for a school that's ranked by organizations like U.S. News & World Report or Princeton Review. You may do some research on graduates of a particular program to see how satisfied they were with faculty or how successful they've been at finding employment in the industry. You might consider schools that require some on-the-job training at an animal hospital or clinic.

What Are Three Good Online Veterinary Assistant Schools?

California State University - East Bay (CSUEB) at Hayward

The Continuing Education Department offers a veterinary assistant certificate program in partnership with Gatlin Education Services. This program is primarily geared towards students interested in veterinary office administration. In 2016, California State University East Bay was ranked #153 in Best Online Bachelor Programs. Course topics include animal physiology and anatomy, giving medications, and vaccinology. Students can access assignments, lectures and library resources online. Degrees offered by this school include:

  • Veterinary Assistant Certificate

George Mason University in Fairfax, VA

U.S. News and World Report's 2016 rankings lists GMU as#135 among national universities and #68 in its list of top public schools. GMU partners with ed2go to offer the veterinary assistant certificate program. You might learn how to safely handle animals, process animal health records or assist veterinarians during medical procedures. You can earn your certificate in six months. Degrees offered by this school include:

  • Veterinary Assistant Certificate

Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN

In 2016, Purdie University was ranked #61 among national universities by U.S. News & World Report. During the same year, the school was ranked 14th by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate veterinary medicine program. Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine offers an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology via distance learning. Program requirements include completion of 35 didactic courses and 17 in-person clinical practicums. Exams and practical experiences are supervised by a licensed veterinarian. Part-time online students complete the associate's program in 4-5 years. This program is also accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Online degrees offered by this school include:

  • Associate in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology

Top 10 Veterinary Schools

College/University Institution Type Location
University of California - Davis 4-year, Public Davis, CA
Cornell University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Ithaca, NY
Colorado State University 4-year, Public Fort Collins, CO
North Carolina State University 4--year, Public Raleigh, NC
Ohio State University 4-year, Public Columbus, OH
University of Wisconsin - Madison 4-year, Public Madison, WI
Texas A&M University - College Station 4-year, Public College Station, TX
University of Pennsylvania4-year, Private not-for-profit Philadelphia, PA
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities 4-year, Public St. Paul, MN
Tufts University 4-year, Private not-for-profit North Grafton, MA

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