Veterinary Assistant
  • Enter a growing field in the $60 billion a year pet industry
  • Train in 3 months or less at your pace
  • Prepare to earn average salaries of $25,000/yr
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Veterinary Assistant Program FAQs

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

What role do veterinary assistants play?

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.

What is the job market for veterinary assistants?

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 rapidly growing pet industry, which is increasing the demand for these professionals. There are opportunities nationwide, and Working in Canada expects good job prospects in this field.

How much can I earn as a veterinary assistant?

Working in Canada data groups these professionals with other veterinary professionals in the Veterinary and Animal Health Technologists and Technicians category. As this category includes other professionals, it’s important to understand that as a veterinary assistant you can expect to earn wages at the lower end of the provided ranges. Working in Canada reports that low to median wages in this category are between $12.50 an hour and $18 an hour.

Do I need to be certified?

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.

What are the advantages of training with Career Step?

Career Step has been training quality healthcare professionals for over 20 years and offers a comprehensive training program that prepares individuals to work as veterinary assistants. With Career Step, you can train affordably without sacrificing quality, learn from comprehensive training developed by industry professionals, take advantage of live 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!

What kind of skills or experience do I need to enter the Career Step program?

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-Training Assessment Test. There are no specific skills or experience that are considered prerequisites for entry into the Career Step training program.

Is Career Step accredited?

Career Step is registered under the Utah Post-Secondary Proprietary School Act but is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our career-focused training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure you are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

The Career Step training programs prepare learners for career fields where employers are looking for skilled applicants. Career Step works closely with employers when developing a training program to ensure you finish with the skills employers are looking for. We've also developed close ties to industry associations, aligning our programs with their recommendations. Career Step programs boast the following recognitions:

  • Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor training is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.
  • The Medical Administrative Assistant with EHR program is approved by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), a leading organization focused on increasing the quality of health career training.

Career Step programs are also designed to prepare you for certifications that greatly improve your employment opportunities. Employers are often more familiar with various credentials than with the quality of training provided by different organizations. To help your resume stand out from other applicants, various Career Step programs help prepare learners to earn the following third-party credentials:

  • Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Master (MOS-Master)

This focus on helping you gain the skills needed to succeed in the workforce has made our learners successful in the job market—over 84% of Career Step learners are employed in their field of study, 90% of employed Medical Transcription learners work from home in their first job, Medical Coding and Billing learners report a certification exam pass rate that’s a full 15 percentage points higher than the national average, and Pharmacy Technician learners can take advantage of externship opportunities with Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy.

Learn more about the value of career-focused training in our quick video.

How is Career Step's Veterinary Assistant program structured?

The Career Step program is offered entirely online, providing 24/7 access to all material and allowing you to progress through the training 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.

What type of support does Career Step offer?

Career Step support includes access to:

  • Learner Support Advisors who have professional experience in the industry and are uniquely qualified to answer questions about both the program 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 you 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.

  • Career Support Advisors who help you transition to the workforce after completion. Your Career 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 support team is available to offer personal, ongoing support all the way through the training program.

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

How long does it take to finish the course?

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 learners. Some learners 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, those who can devote about 10 hours a week may finish in about 4 months).

Everyone who signs up in the Career Step Veterinary Assistant training program receives an initial 6-month period of access. 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 access, we have 3-month extensions available for purchase.

How do I find work after completion?

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

  • Personal consultation with a Career 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 completion

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

What materials and computer specifications are required to complete the course?

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

Since the course is completely online, your computer will play an important role in your learning experience. We recommend the following minimum computer system specifications:

Hardware

  • Active internet connection (High speed/Broadband connection recommended)
  • 800 X 600 minimum resolution (1024 X 768 or higher recommended)
  • Sound card and speakers (Earphones recommended)
  • Available USB port

Software

  • Adobe Flash Player (ver. 10 or higher)
  • Windows Media Player (ver. 10 or higher) or Quicktime Player (ver. 7 or higher)
  • PDF reader

Browser

  • Internet Explorer 9.x/10.x/11.x
  • Firefox 3.x or greater*
  • Safari 3.1 to 8.0 (Mac only)*
  • Javascript and cookies must be enabled

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows (XP®, Vista®, 7 with latest service pack)
  • Mac OS X (10.4.11 or greater)*
  • Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) is not currently compatible

*The Medical Transcription Editor program includes a third party software tool that makes the training only compatible with Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer.

Note: Mobile browsing devices are not currently supported. However, Career Step is investigating the implementation of mobile device support, and these specifications will be updated once a decision has been reached.

What payment options does Career Step offer?

We realize that one of the most important questions tied to more training 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 financail assistance and payment options. Please visit our Financial Assistance page for more information.

How soon will I receive my materials?

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.

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