Veterinary Assisting Degree - Online and Campus Programs

Veterinary assistants, often called vet technicians, vet technologists, or animal care specialists, provide critical support for veterinarians and their often four-legged patients. While a vet technician or animal care specialist typically attends a shorter training program than a vet technologist, job duties among all three positions are quite similar.
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With over three decades of experience, Eastern College has provided exceptional education to those who require career training. Starting out under the name CompuCollege, the school became a respected part of the communities that its campuses were located in.

After years of turning students into job-ready graduates, the college underwent a transformation to become Eastern College, and has evolved to provide career training through diploma programs across seven faculties.


Locations:  Moncton, NB
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Your success is our priority. For more than 40 years, we have dedicated ourselves to healthcare education because we want you to become the best healthcare professional possible. Our instructors and staff are dedicated to providing you with the in-demand, hands-on education employers expect so that you may thrive in your profession. Pima Medical Institute started changing lives in 1972 when Richard Luebke Sr. and his wife, JoAnn, brought to life their dream of providing students with a quality medical career education.


Locations:  Tucson, AZ Albuquerque, NM
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You can prepare for a new career with help from Charter College. Our accelerated Associates Degree, and Certificate programs are designed to help you complete your education as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We provide students not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.


Locations:  Oxnard, CA
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These include:
  • Performing medical tests
  • Exposing and revealing x-rays
  • Treating and diagnosing medical conditions under the supervision of a registered veterinarian
  • Handling, feeding, or walking the animals

What You Need to Know to Become a Veterinary Assistant

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are two primary ways to become a vet assistant: attending a 2-year program for veterinary technicians or care specialists, or a 4-year program for veterinary technologists. The majority of students choose the former, attending 2-year veterinary assisting programs at community colleges or trade schools. In both cases, veterinary assisting classes focus on: medical terminology, animal physiology, hematology, parasitology, and surgical assisting. All states require veterinary aides to be certified, licensed, or registered via coursework and an exam, though specific requirements vary. Most states use the National Veterinary Technician exam, and the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) certification is suggested for veterinary technologists seeking employment in a research facility. According to the BLS, the median annual salary for veterinary assistants was $28,900 in May, 2008, with the middle 50 percent earning between $23,580 and $34,960. Careers are expected to grow faster than the national average for all careers through 2018, thanks to relatively low job competition.