Career Diploma: Veterinary Assistant

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Penn Foster College's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program gives you the opportunity to learn how to keep animals healthy. Read more about the Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program at Penn Foster College here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program is designed to be completed in as little as seven months. You have the opportunity to learn about obtaining animal health histories and records, providing specialized nursing care, assisting with surgical procedures, and washing, feeding, and caring for animals. This program is also intended to teach animal behavior, the animal skeletal and muscular systems, the nervous system, nutrition, pathology, immunology, emergency care, veterinary pharmacology, and veterinary practice and administration. Penn Foster College will provide you with books, lessons, equipment, learning aids, special charts, and videos that demonstrate veterinary procedures.

What are the Prerequisites?

You should like animals and be interested in working with veterinarians before you enroll in the Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program at Penn Foster College. Applicants to Penn Foster College's programs should be at least 18 years old.

What are the Course Requirements?

To earn Penn Foster College's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma you must complete ten instruction sets. This program requires an eight-week externship at an animal clinic.

Instruction SetLessons
Instruction Set 1 Starting Your Program
Learning Aid: eBook: Textbook for the Veterinary Assistant
Instruction Set 2 Introduction to Animal Care
Handling and Restraing
Instruction Set 3 Introduction to Veterinary Terminology
Skeletal and Muscular Systems
Integumentary, Circulatory, and Respiratory Systems
Instruction Set 4 Digestive, Reproductive, and Urinary Systems
Nervous System, Sensory Organs, and Endocrine System
Instruction Set 5 Nutrition
Reproduction and Aging
Avian and Reptile Anatomy
History and Physical Examination
Instruction Set 6 Immunology
Emergency Care
Wound Care and Management
Instruction Set 7 Clinical Parasitology
Small and Large Animal Nursing, Parts 1 & 2
Veterinary Pharmacology
Instruction Set 8 Radiology
Instrumentation and Principles of Aseptic Technique
Surgical and Anesthetic Preparation
Instruction Set 9 Veterinary Practice and Administration
Interpersonal Communication
General Accounting Practices
Veterinary Practice Procedures
Instruction Set 10 Externship

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

Once you complete Penn Foster College's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program you might be able to pursue employment in the veterinary field working alongside veterinarians. You could be able to find employment in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, kennel, or laboratory. Responsibilities could include assisting with treatment, washing animals, or gathering medical histories and information.

Positions you might be able to seek include:

  • Veterinary aide
  • Veterinary assistant
  • Veterinary technician

Advanced Degrees

After you finish the Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma program at Penn Foster College you might be interested in earning an associate degree in veterinary technology. This could increase your knowledge of treating animals and could prepare you for advancement in the veterinary field.

Associate degree options include but are not limited to:

  • Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Associate of Veterinary Technician
  • Associate of Veterinary Technology
  • Associate in Veterinary Medicine
  • Associate in Veterinary and Animal Health Technology
  • Associate in Veterinary Science and Animal Care