Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistant

If you love working with animals, take the first step towards a new career in the veterinary field with MK Education’s Veterinary Assistant Program. This program can be completed in as little as six months and is one of only a few programs in the U.S. with preliminary approval from National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA).

Through this program, you’ll receive support from MK Education’s dedicated instructors with expertise from the field. You’ll get hands-on training to be able to work side-by-side with a veterinary team tending to the needs of animals. Upon completing our preliminary accredited, NAVTA-approved program, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Approved Veterinary Assistant examination. Students learn more about a number of veterinary assistant duties and jobs dedicated to treating domestic animals – from birds and reptiles to cats and dogs – and believe they all deserve compassionate medical care. Human relations for the veterinary assistant, medical terminology, and veterinary technology are also covered.

Get real work experience at a veterinary clinic or hospital near you when you enroll in our program. During the hands-on portion, you have the opportunity to learn from veterinary experts while applying your in a real-life setting.

While Veterinary Assistants are not required to be a graduate of a NAVTA-approved program, based on a recent employer survey, 87% of Veterinary practices are more likely to hire a Veterinary Assistant who graduated from a NAVTA approved program*.

You will take classes that prepare you to:

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Veterinary Assistants can work in a wide array of locations, including but not limited to:

  • Animal Clinics
  • Veterinary Offices
  • Zoos
  • Labs
  • Pet Sitting


Candidates interested in this program must meet the following prerequisites:

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.
  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing & speaking skills)
  • At least 18 years of age, although exceptions have been made on an individual basis
  • Hand-to-eye coordination and finger agility
  • Suitable vision, normal or corrected
  • Immunizations & background check (May be required by some externship locations)
  • No prior criminal offenses (Employers often perform background checks on applicants)

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veterinary assistant textbook

Elsevier’s Veterinary Assistant Textbook by Sirois

ISBN: 9780323359221