Veterinary Assistant

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Veterinary Assistants are entry-level healthcare professionals that work in many different veterinary settings. Most Veterinary Assistants work closely with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide medical care for sick or injured animals. Some Veterinary Assistants develop careers in other areas of animal care such as, pet sitting, behavioral training, grooming, and animal therapy.

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, offered in connection with multiple partner colleges and educational institutions across the nation.

Through this training program, receive quality training from MK Education’s dedicated and experienced instructors. Receive hands-on training to be able to work side-by-side with a veterinary team tending to the needs of animals. Students learn 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.


MK Education is proud to announce that the Veterinary Assistant Program has been approved by The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) for the following partner colleges:

The MK Education curriculum utilizes 150 hours of didactic training and 100 hours of hands-on experience through externship placement in a veterinary facility for students meeting eligibility requirements.

As a graduate from the Veterinary Assistant Program from any one of the above-mentioned colleges, you will be eligible to take the national Approved Veterinary Assistant exam to earn the AVA (Approved Veterinary Assistant) credentials.

Area of Study Include:

  • Office Practices & Medical Records
  • Medical Terminology
  • Animal Behavior & Handling
  • Pharmacology
  • Pet Loss & Grief
  • Basic Animal Nursing
  • Dental Assisting
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Critical Care Assisting & Triage
  • Exotic & Large Animal Husbandry

Externship Program​

The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment. Students will receive hands-on-training by completing a 100 clock-hour externship at a local veterinary site through MK Education.

MK Education has established relationships with sites (clinics and hospitals) nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete this externship for all students. For more information, call MK Education at 630.541.3600 ext. 8606 or email



  • High school diploma or GED
  • Minimum age of 18
  • 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