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Train for a Career as a Veterinary Assistant

Career Step’s Veterinary Assistant program prepares you to help veterinarians and veterinary technicians care for animals in clinics and practices nationwide. The career path offers many benefits:

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Growing demand

Pet owners in the U.S. spent over $69 billion on their pets in the last year, ensuring an ongoing need for well-trained veterinary assistants in this rapidly growing market.

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Working with animals

A career as a veterinary assistant is a great option for those who love animals because they will have the chance to work with them on a daily basis.

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Competitive salaries and benefits

Veterinary assistants enjoy competitive salaries as well as the potential for traditional employment benefits.

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Career experience

Working as a veterinary assistant provides relevant, hands-on experience that can be a great benefit for those who are interested in further veterinary education.

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Quick graduation timeline

Finish your training and start working in a veterinary office in as little as three months with Career Step’s flexible, online course.

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Affordable tuition

Career Step’s Veterinary Assistant program is among the best, and you can gain the skills you need to be successful for only $1,999.

Over 100,000 Career Step students can’t be wrong. Choose Career Step and become a veterinary assistant to start a rewarding career caring for animals and helping those who love them.

Veterinary Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential

What will I be doing as a veterinary assistant?

Veterinary assistants work in clinics and practices with veterinarians and veterinary technicians to help provide care for animals. As many clinics and animal hospitals are open 24/7, night and weekend schedules are often available. Specific day-to-day responsibilities may include the following:

  • 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.

How Much Can I Make as a Veterinary Assistant?


Salaries for veterinary assistants vary by employer, geographic location, and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers earn between $22,000 and $31,000 a year.

Get started with Career Step’s Veterinary Assistant program and graduate with the skills you need to start working right away.

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Veterinary Assistant Training Program

How Long Will the Training Take?

The Veterinary Assistant training program includes 150 hours of curriculum and is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study. However, the online format allows you to study on your own schedule and at your own pace, so your enrollment includes 6 months of program access in case you need extra time.

What Will I Be Learning?

The Career Step Veterinary Assistant program has a comprehensive design:

  • Examination room procedures
  • Communication and client relations
  • Office and hospital procedures
  • Small and large animal nursing
  • Pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Surgical preparation and assisting
  • Radiology and ultrasound imaging

In addition to images, exercises, and learning games, the course also includes a number of instructive videos to increase your understanding of key concepts and offer another way of learning the material.

Want more details on exactly what’s included in the program? Download the brochure to learn more or review the learning objectives for each module.

Veterinary Assistant Course Tuition

How Much Does the Course Cost?

Everything you need to succeed is included in one, low tuition payment of .

This tuition fee entitles you to an initial 6 months of access to the Veterinary Assistant course. The program is designed to be completed in 3 months of full-time study, and we provide you 6 months of access to ensure you have the time you need.

Are Payment Plans or Tuition Assistance Available?

Career Step is committed to providing you with an affordable educational experience. To provide flexibility, several payment options are available.

What is Included With My Training Program?

Everything you need to succeed is included with your Career Step program. You'll have:

  • 24/7 online access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one support from your instructors and our technical support team
  • Graduate support designed to help you turn your education into a job
  • 150 hours of curriculum

Veterinary Assistant Program FAQs

Get answers to the most common and important questions about enrolling in the Veterinary Assistant program at Career Step. Our FAQs section provides answers to help you make an informed decision about your education.

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 $69 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.

Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares students to work as veterinary assistants. With Career Step, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive curriculum developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live student and graduate support, and quickly gain the specialized skills and you need to succeed as a veterinary assistant. 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-Enrollment Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the curriculum 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 Career Step different in our quick introduction.

Career Step student support includes access to:

  • Student Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the curriculum 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 students 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.

  • Graduate Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after graduation. Your Graduate Advisors will help prepare the best resume, develop solid interview skills, and teach you valuable job search techniques.

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

See what a few Career Step students had to say about their experiences with Career Step’s student support.

The Career Step 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 from other students. Some students 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, students who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).

Every student who enrolls in the Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of enrollment. 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 enrollment, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.

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

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

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

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

  • Access to expert-created curriculum
  • Complete ebook library
  • One-on-one help from student and technical support
  • Valuable graduate resources

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to education is how it will be paid for. Because this is such a big part of the decision of whether or not to go back to school, Career Step has designed several tuition assistance and payment options. Please visit our Tuition Assistance page for more information.

It takes 2-3 business days to process the application, depending on method of payment. Once the payment is processed you will be emailed your course login and password and can start training immediately. Additional course materials are shipped UPS Ground after the payment is processed. The average wait is about 7-10 days.