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Penn Foster College | Career Diploma - Veterinary Assistant

Penn Foster College's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma Program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to animal care and veterinary medicine. Read more about Penn Foster's Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma here.

Official Program Name:

Veterinary Assistant

School Offering Program:

Penn Foster College

Program Level:

Career Diploma

Program Description:

If you love working with animals, take the first step toward a new career as a Veterinary Assistant with the NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant program at Penn Foster College. Take affordable classes online -- at your own pace -- and apply what you've learned from Veterinary Assistant school at a hands-on externship, getting you ready for a career in the growing field of Veterinary Sciences.

Program Materials Supplied by Penn Foster College

Penn Foster supplies all of the materials students need to complete the program, including books, lessons, equipment, and learning aids.

Learning Format:


Financial Aid:

Penn Foster offers low tuition, 0% APR financing, and affordable monthly payments to be completed upon graduation.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Penn Foster College to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • Instruction Set 1
    • Starting Your Program
    • Learning Aid: eBook: Textbook for the Veterinary Assistant
  • Instruction Set 2
    • Introduction to Animal Care
    • Behavior
    • Handling and Restraint
  • 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

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who complete the Penn Foster Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma Program may wish to further their education by pursuing a degree in veterinary science. Earning a degree may present further opportunities for career advancement.

Degree possibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Associate of Veterinary Science
  • Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science

Career Paths:

Animal care is a widely varied industry with many possible career paths. Candidates with an understanding of animal handling and care may be competitive candidates for a number of animal-related career opportunities, including jobs that are not specifically in the health-care field.

Entry-level positions that graduates might pursue include:

  • Animal hospital aide (public or private)
  • Animal shelter assistant
  • Zoo or animal handler assistant
  • Animal groomer
  • Pet shop personnel
  • Animal boarding facility worker
  • Animal trainer assistant
  • Animal preserve worker

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