Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant Training For Your Employees

Penn Foster’s online Veterinary Assistant Career Diploma is modeled around NAVTA standards, ensuring that your employees are prepared to effectively take on the role of a veterinary assistant in your practice. Through courses covering handling and restraint, animal nursing, and a required hands-on externship, your learners will build the foundational knowledge necessary to be an asset to your veterinary practice or hospital.

  • One of only three online programs approved by the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA).
  • Prepares learners to become effective veterinary assistants and to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination offered through NAVTA.
  • Learners apply what they learn to real-world situations in a required 160-hour externship.
  • Includes wraparound learner support and access to instructors and coaches, ensuring your learners or employees successfully progress through training.
Self Paced
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Exam Preparation

Prepare your employees for the following certification exam:

  • Approved Veterinary Assistant examination offered through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA)

Veterinary Assistant Training Curriculum

  • 10 courses
  • 28 exams
  • 58.3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1 Externship

Aligned with NAVTA standards, Penn Foster's Veterinary Assistant Training prepares learners for certification and job readiness in the veterinary field. Online courses include:

  • Behavior, Handling, and Restraint
  • Nutrition, History, and Physical Examination
  • Emergency and Wound Care
  • Radiology and Surgical Preparation

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Our Partners

As the trusted training provider for leading employers, education providers, and job training organizations, Penn Foster designs and delivers digital and blended learning programs that attract, upskill, and retain workers in America's fastest-growing fields and professions.
How it works
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Janet McConnell, CVT

Program Director, Veterinary Nursing Development NVA Compassion-First

"We are extremely pleased to offer our expanded, ground-breaking employer-supported development program for our veterinary nursing teams that allows them to make a choice for their educational program and career path."

Our Proven Training Model

High-quality, online skills training for your employees

Online Delivery

  • Digital platform allows for studying any time, anywhere  
  • Content is available via computer, mobile device, or tablet  
  • 24/7 access to online resource library and knowledge base   

Engaging Content

  • Programs include simulations, videos, and virtual demos   
  • Varied learning methods help cement application of concepts 
  • Real-time feedback enables efficient mastery of material 

Robust Support

  • Self-service tools and unlimited multi-channel support 
  • Live and recorded webinars hosted by our faculty 
  • Access to peer-to-peer community of learners  

Real World Credentials

  • Training programs focus on today’s in-demand job skills  
  • Content developed by professional leaders in the field  
  • Courses align to industry certifications and accreditation 

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