Veterinary Receptionist

Start a Veterinary Receptionist Career in 4 Months or Less!

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  • Quick completion timeline – You can be trained and working in 4 months or less! The course includes 347 hours of training, so you could be done in just a few months 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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Vetertinary Receptionist FAQs

With Career Step's training program, you'll gain the skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant or a medical office receptionist in any type of medical facility. These additional medical office skills give you job market flexibility and also positions you well to move into a veterinary office management role as you gain experience.

Veterinary assistants help veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. Responsibilities may include:

  • Feeding, bathing, and exercising animals
  • Cleaning and disinfecting cages, kennels, and examination and operation rooms
  • Restraining animals during examination and laboratory procedures
  • Monitoring and caring for animals after surgery

Medical office assistants keep the administrative aspects of a medical practice running smoothly. Responsibilities may include:

  • Creating and updating patients' electronic health records
  • Managing the day-to-day operations of a medical facility
  • Scheduling and coordinating appointments
  • Verifying patient insurance

The 24/7 nature of healthcare, makes nights and weekend schedules a possibility for professionals in these fields. However, it's important to keep in mind that most office administration staff work more standard day-time hours.

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.

Medical receptionists can be found working in a variety of healthcare facilities, and the demand for these professionals is increasing as the demand for healthcare services continues to rise. There are opportunities nationwide, and the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical administrative assistants will grow by 21%, or over 64,000 new jobs, before 2024.

Career Step's comprehensive Veterinary Assisting and Medical Office Administration program is unique in that it prepares you to work in any type of medical office. The salary you can expect as you start your new career will depend on the type of position you take.

  • Veterinary assistants earn average annual salaries of $25,940. The middle 50% of these professionals earn between $20,340 and $29,690 a year according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Medical administrative assistants earn average annual salaries of $34,330. The middle 50% of these professionals earn between $27,070 and $39,040 a year according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Veterinary practice managers earn average annual salaries of $46,200. The range of pay for these professionals as reported by is $30,880 to $59,490 a year.

No. Employers do not typically require their veterinary assistants or medical office receptionists to be certified, and just having formal training will help your resume stand out in the job market. However, Career Step's training will prepare you to earn the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) credential upon completion. You'll even receive a voucher to take the exam (a $105 value)!

Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares learners to work as veterinary assistants or medical office assistants. With Career Step, 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 you need to succeed as a veterinary assistant or any medical office. We're committed to helping you achieve your goals, and Career Step 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 Career Step Pre-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our career-focused training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure learners are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

The Career Step training programs prepare learners for career fields where employers are looking for skilled applicants. Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure learners finish their training with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

  • Career Step's Medical Transcription Editor training is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
  • The Professional Medical Coding and Billing program is approved by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), one of the largest and most prestigious health information organizations in the country.
  • The Career Step Pharmacy Technician program has been reviewed and approved by the State Boards of Pharmacy in Indiana, Utah, and Virginia. (Many states don't have any regulations on the training of pharmacy technicians, and very few require board approval. For more information on each state's pharmacy technician training regulations, view our State Requirements pdf.) Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy also offer Career Step Pharmacy Technician learners the opportunity to participate in a hands-on externship in their stores nationwide.
  • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career training.

Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of training provided by different organizations. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs help prepare learners to earn the following third-party credentials:

  • Certified Coding Associate (CCA) and Certified Professional Coder (CPC)
  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist (CEHRS)
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

Learn more about the value of career-focused training in our quick video.

The Career Step 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 and medical office administrator.

See what makes Career Step different in our quick introduction.

Career Step 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 give you valuable job search techniques.

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

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

The Career Step Veterinary Assisting with Medical Office Administration training program is 347 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 3 or 4 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 9 months).

Every learner who signs up for the Career Step Veterinary Assisting with Medical Office Administration training program receives an initial 12-month period of training. Though the program is designed to be completed in 4 months of full-time study, you'll have a full 12 months to complete your training. If you need extra time to complete the course after your initial 12-month training, we have 4-month extensions available for purchase.

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

  • Free voucher upon completion for the CMAA certification exam
  • Personal consultation with a Career Advisor
  • Personalized interview training
  • Individual resume and cover letter review, tips, and advice
  • Access to Career Step'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.

Your program includes everything you will need to train for a successful career as a veterinary assistant. Your training includes:

  • Access to expert-created training
  • Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from learner and technical support
  • Valuable career resources
  • A voucher to take the CMAA certification exam upon completion (a $105 value)