Veterinary Assistant

Be a Veterinary Assistant in Less Than 3 Months!

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  • Quick completion timeline – You can be trained and working in 3 months or less! The course includes 150 hours of training, so you could be done in just 1 month if you study full time.
  • Online flexibility – Study at the pace and on the schedule that works for you. The online format makes it easy to learn.
  • One-to-one support – With one-on-one access to dedicated trainers with years of professional experience in addition to career advisors to help you turn your training into a job, you'll have the help you need to succeed.

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*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Veterinary Assistant FAQs

Veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. Your specific responsibilities would vary from location to location, but may include:

  • Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operation rooms
  • Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Maintaining and sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment
  • Monitoring and caring for animals after surgery
  • Helping to provide emergency first aid to sick and injured animals

Veterinary assistants work in veterinary practices and clinics nationwide. As many clinics and animal hospitals are open 24/7, night and weekend schedules are often available.

Veterinary assistants are primarily found working for veterinary service providers (such as private clinics and animal hospitals) though they may also work for colleges and universities or research facilities. They are part of the $60 billion a year U.S. pet industry, which is increasing the demand for these professionals. There are opportunities nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for veterinary assistants will grow by 19%, or over 16,000 new jobs, before 2026.

The U.S. Department of Labor report states that the middle 50% of veterinary assistants nationwide earn between $21,990 and $31,170 annually. You may also qualify for benefits as a veterinary assistant.

No. Employers do not typically require their veterinary assistants to be certified, and just having formal training will help your resume stand out in the job market.

CareerStep has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares learners to work as medical administrative assistants. With CareerStep, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive training developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live support, and quickly gain the specialized skills and business knowledge you need to succeed as a medical administrative assistant. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and CareerStep provides everything you need to succeed!

In order to be admitted, you must be at least 18 years of age and either a) have a high school diploma or a General Education Development Certificate (GED), or b) pass the CareerStep Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the CareerStep training program.

The CareerStep program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training on your own schedule and at your own pace. The program is broken into modules, or course subjects, all of which focus on helping you build the essential knowledge and skills of a veterinary assistant.

See what makes CareerStep different in our quick introduction.

CareerStep support includes access to:

  • Learner Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the program and the industry. They provide timely answers to questions about the program material and offer a number of personal consultations throughout the training to help learners master important concepts.
  • Technical Support Advisors who are knowledgeable, experienced, and available six days a week to help you work through any technical or computer issues encountered within the training program.
  • Career Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after completion. Your Career Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and show you valuable job search techniques.

Though the course is entirely online, you'll never be on your own. CareerStep's support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

See what a few CareerStep learners had to say about their experiences with CareerStep's support.

The CareerStep Veterinary Assistant training program is 150 completion hours. Since the program is completely self-paced and the online training format allows you the flexibility to study as much or as little as your schedule allows, the time it takes you to complete the course will vary. Some learners are able to complete their training program in as little as 1 or 2 months (working on the course full-time, 8 hours a day 5 days a week) and others, who are more limited in the time they can devote to the course, take longer (for example, learners who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).

Every learner who signs up for the CareerStep Veterinary Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of training. Though the program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 6 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 6-month training, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.

CareerStep offers personalized post-completion resources for your job search, including:

  • Personal consultation with a Career Advisor
  • Personalized interview training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to CareerStep's help hotline for 6 months after completion

These resources offer the personalized help you need after completion to transition to the workplace. With this individualized help and attention, the majority of our learners are hired within a few months of completion.