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Veterinary Assistant Online Training Program


Blackstone Career Institute’s veterinary assistant training offers a quality education covering the behavior, care, and treatment of animals. Veterinary assistants work on the animal care team under the supervision of a veterinary technician and a veterinarian. Gain a working knowledge of veterinary anatomy, medical terminology, veterinary office administrative office skills, animal care and handling, office technology, time and stress management, critical thinking skills, and working effectively on a team. Prepare for your vet assistant career with online vet assistant training from Blackstone Career Institute and discover the rewards of working in this exciting animal care field.

Blackstone’s accredited, online vet assistant training is a convenient way to gain the knowledge and skills practiced in a veterinary assistant career. Our affordable online veterinary assistant program is designed to fit into your lifestyle and your budget. Along with a solid academic foundation, our veterinary assistant training includes superior student services to keep you encouraged, engaged, and on track, throughout your program.

  • Prerequisite: High School or General Equivalency Diploma
  • Study Method: E-books with online study guides and exams
  • Program Length: Completion time ranges from 4-12 months, with students given the option of up to 18 months if needed. Students must satisfy all academic and financial obligations to graduate from their program.

Become a Veterinary Assistant

The need for veterinary assistants will continue to grow as pet ownership in the U.S. is on the rise. Animal safety as well as responsible pet ownership has contributed to this increased demand. If you have the desire to work with animals and support animal welfare then working as a veterinary assistant may be the ideal career for you. The veterinary assistant field’s employment outlook is about average; According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of veterinary assistant jobs is expected to grow up to 19% by 2026, much faster than the average career.

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, those working in the veterinary assistant field earned up to $37,810 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $25,250. Many factors are considered when calculating salary for those in a veterinary assistant career such as location, type of facility, education level and years of experience. Research facilities usually pay higher salaries than clinical or hospital settings.

If you are looking to work with animals in a rewarding field, then a veterinary assistant career is the path for you! With veterinary assistant training from Blackstone Career Institute, you will learn how to tend to the basic needs of animal patients, including their health, safety and nutrition. Veterinary assistants work closely with veterinary technicians and veterinarians to provide excellence in care and client satisfaction. Today's pet owners have come to expect a greater quality and level of health care for their beloved companions.

Veterinary Assistant Career Opportunities

The pet care industry’s continued expansion means that the number of veterinary assistant positions should continue to rise. With an increased animal population and a wide variety of health care services available, there is no shortage of jobs in the veterinary assistant career field. Veterinary assistants may work on a veterinary team in laboratories, research facilities, animal hospitals, and clinics. Clinics encompass general practices as well as specialty practices, including internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and dentistry.

The duties of veterinary assistants are wide-ranging, so every day is filled with new challenges and the chance to expand your skills! Often veterinary assistants choose positions based on unique interests, skills, previous work experience and future goals. If you are ready to begin your veterinary assistant training and enter a respected profession with a competitive salary, high job security, and rewarding job responsibilities, get started with Blackstone Career Institute's accredited veterinary assistant training program today.

Gain the skills needed to provide quality care to animals with our Veterinary Assistant training. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Veterinary Assistant Curriculum

Our accredited online Veterinary Assistant Career Training Program presents the responsibilities of the veterinary assistant as a member of the veterinary team. Our program consists of practical lessons and on-the-job techniques for assisting veterinary technicians and veterinarians when working in a variety of animal care facilities. Our program includes:


Click here for a complete list of Program Objectives and the Program Outline

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Unit I: Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit II: English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit III: Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit IV: Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 1

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: Body Structure and Organization
  • Chapter 4: The Hematopoietic System
  • Chapter 5: The Lymphatic System

Unit V: Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 2

  • Chapter 6: The Musculoskeletal System
  • Chapter 7: The Cardiovascular System
  • Chapter 8: The Respiratory System
  • Chapter 9: The Neurologic System

Unit VI: Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 3

  • Chapter 10: The Eye
  • Chapter 11: The Ear
  • Chapter 12: The Alimentary System
  • Chapter 13: The Urinary System

Unit VII: Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 4

  • Chapter 14: The Reproductive System
  • Chapter 15: The Endocrine System
  • Chapter 16: The Integumentary System
  • Chapter 17: Pharmacology

Unit VIII: Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit IX: Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit X: Veterinary Office Assisting 1

  • Chapter 1: Veterinary Health Care Team Members
  • Chapter 2: The Receptionist Team
  • Chapter 3: Team Management
  • Chapter 4: Veterinary Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Chapter 5: Human Resources
  • Chapter 6: Stress and Burnout

Unit XI: Veterinary Office Assisting 2

  • Chapter 7: Practice Design
  • Chapter 8: Technology in the Office
  • Chapter 9: Outside Diagnostic Laboratory Services
  • Chapter 10: Marketing
  • Chapter 11: Client Communications
  • Chapter 12: Interacting with a Grieving Client

Unit XII: Veterinary Office Assisting 3

  • Chapter 13: Appointment Management Systems
  • Chapter 14: Medical Records Management
  • Chapter 15: Inventory Management
  • Chapter 16: Controlled Substances
  • Chapter 17: Logs
  • Chapter 18: Accounts Receivable
  • Chapter 19: Pet Health Insurance

Unit XIII: Veterinary Office Assisting 4

  • Chapter 20: Preparing and Maintaining a Budget
  • Chapter 21: Occupational Hazards and Safety Issues
  • Chapter 22: Security
  • Chapter 23: Clinical Assisting
  • Chapter 24: Calculations and Conversions
  • Chapter 25: Professional Development

Unit XIV: Animal Restraint for the Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Restraint of the Cat
  • Chapter 2: Restraint of the Dog

Unit XV: Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit XVI: Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit XVII: How to Find as a Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure an entry-level Veterinary Assistant career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.

Veterinary Assistant Materials

Start your path to success... Earn your veterinary assistant certificate online!

Once you enroll in the Blackstone Veterinary Assistant Training Program, you’ll receive the following course materials—all included in your tuition:

Veterinary Assistant Program online Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team textbook, highlighting all of the important points and providing additional review questions.

Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Veterinary Medical Terminology textbook, highlighting all of the important points and giving you additional review questions.

Veterinary Medical Terminology by Dawn E. Christenson.

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries.

With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • More than 4,500 audio pronunciations
  • Translation exercises to help you put information into terms that clients can understand
  • Part Puzzler-Practice dividing terms into their word parts
  • Word Shop-Build the correct word based on a definition and a choice of word parts
  • Hangman-Challenge yourself to spell the correct word based on challenging clues
  • Listen and Spell-Plays key terms and asks you to spell the terms correctly
  • Glossary of word parts with the meaning of each prefix, suffix and combining form

blackstone vet assistantFront Office Management for the Veterinary Team by Heather Prendergast

This textbook provides a clear understanding of the veterinary assistant profession, including responsibilities, front office management skills, successful communication with other veterinary team members and clients, and building your practice through marketing and excellence in customer service.

With your textbook, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • Glossary containing over 500 terms
  • Interactive working forms including sample checks, deposit slips, patient history forms, laboratory forms, logs, and incident reports

Access to Blackstone's Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, and receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

In addition, Blackstone will also provide you with:

Financial Assistance

Blackstone’s financial assistance programs include GI Bill Education Benefits for veterans and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA program).

Acquire the necessary job skills to secure an entry-level Veterinary Assistant career. Questions? Call us at 800.826.9228 or enroll online today.



Veterinary Assistant Tuition

Available Payment Plans 

Enroll for $59 down!

Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

The Veterinary Technician Tuition Fee Includes:

  • All instruction, exam evaluation, and grading of homework assignments
  • Access to our Online Student Center
  • Lifetime access to student forums and chat rooms
  • Full student services and support during your program
  • Latest edition e-textbooks included with your course
  • Comprehensive study guides prepared by faculty and reviewed by subject matter experts
  • Exam grade reports with references for incorrect answers
  • Automatic six month time extension-a $250 value
  • Official BCI school transcript
  • An embossed Veterinary Technician diploma upon completion of program requirements

Go to our Financial Assistance
section to review your financing options that include low cost payment programs, military TA and corporate reimbursement.

Methods of Payment

At BCI we want to put your mind at ease about expenses so you can focus on what really matters . . . obtaining the career education you need to get the job you want!
You may use your Visa, Discover, Master Card, or American Express to securely enroll online. You may also pay your tuition fee in full by money order, corporate check or personal check.

*International, HI, and AK students Click Here*

International Student Policy:

International, Alaskan, Hawaiian and Canadian students are required to participate under the full payment plan only. There is an additional charge for shipping/handling of all materials. Please refer to the International Training page for requirements or call (800) 826-9228 prior to enrollment. AK, HI, Canadian and international students may be required to pay extra duties required by customs authorities at the time of receipt of study material.)


NOTE: To Employed Individuals
Some students may be eligible for full or partial reimbursement of their paralegal school tuition by their employers. Your company may be able to take advantage of The Employee Education Assistance Act (IRS Code, Section 127). Check with your supervisor or personnel department.

Student Tuition Protection Policy:

We offer a generous student tuition protection policy that covers cancellations and refunds. Review our policy here.

Advance your skills so you can achieve your goals in an exciting entry level Veterinary Assistant job. Questions? Contact us at 1-800-826-9228 or enroll online now.

Resources for Veterinary Assistant Careers

Career Resources include sites that specifically relate to veterinary assistant careers. Find organizations to join and increase your networking abilities. Many of these organizations and associations have their own newsletters or magazines, job databases, and certification exams. You will also find links to other relevant web sites for veterinary assistant careers, as well as books, software or journals that can help as you build your professional knowledge.
Explore online resources below in the following categories:

Veterinary Assistant and Related Associations

American Animal Hospital Association
American Veterinary Medicine Association

Veterinary Assistant Resources

Animal Care Equipment and Services
Veterinary Support Personnel Network

Job Resources for the Vet Assistant Career

Veterinary Crossing
Get Vet Assistant Jobs
Career Builder
Veterinary Assistant Jobs on Monster.com
Indeed Job Forum
LinkedIn Job Search

Books, Journals, Software for Vet Assistant

AVMA Journals


Remember: Use the promo code TAPP when you are enrolling!

State Licensing:  Because licensing and certification requirements differ from state to state, it is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work to determine the requirements. Prospective students should review regulatory information and professional licensing requirements. Simply click here to learn more on state licensing/regulatory boards and specific industry licensing information.