Online Veterinary Technician Schools

Learn about online veterinary technician programs, including tips for choosing the right school. Find out about prerequisites, required courses and on-site clinical components. Schools offering Veterinary Technology degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Veterinarian technicians assist with animal care and examinations of patients. Many schools offer vet tech training programs, though courses may not be entirely online since the field involves hands-on work with animals. Prospective technicians should attend an accredited institution, as they are preferred by employers.

Schools Any school accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association; some schools offer more courses in specialized sub-fields, like exotic animal care
Online Courses Animal nutrition, business management, parasites, vaccines and disease prevention, and food animal anesthesia; in-person clinical experience required
Prerequisites Strong natural science and math background

How Do I Choose an Online Veterinary Technician School?

The American Veterinary Medical Association should accredit any prospective school that you are considering in order to meet education and certification requirements (www.avma.org). State regulations differ and some programs might only be open to in-state residents.

If you want to specialize in a particular area of veterinary science, such as exotic animal care, research the specialties of faculty members and available course offerings. Some programs have broad selections of courses, including animal health management, livestock and food animal care.

Schools that offer this type of training program include:

  • Penn Foster Career School
  • San Juan College
  • Madison Area Technical College
  • Pima Medical Institute

What Are Online Programs Like?

Although coursework is delivered online, all programs have a clinical component. Some schools allow you to complete on-the-job training at a local facility of your choice, while others assign you to an approved veterinary hospital.

What Online Courses Are in a Degree Program?

Coursework for an associate degree program begins with a theoretical foundation in veterinary technology, biology and anatomy. Communications, math and computer classes help you acquire the business skills you need to be successful. Advanced methodology courses prepare you for your applied practicum training at a local animal health clinic. Some popular online classes include:

  • Veterinary business management
  • Animal nutrition
  • Large animal diseases and pathology
  • Animal parasites
  • Animal vaccination and disease prevention
  • Emergency veterinary medicine
  • Veterinary diagnostic imaging
  • Assisting veterinary surgery
  • Food animal anesthesia

Are There Any Prerequisites?

Before applying to a program, you should have a strong background in natural sciences, especially biology. Math skills are also important for job duties such as measuring doses of medicine. Working with animals requires a degree of physical strength, stamina and mobility. You will be working with equipment that necessitates exceptional sight, hearing and manual dexterity. Since you will be interacting with pet owners on a regular basis, you will also need to hone your communications skills and have a measure of compassion.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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