Certified Veterinary Assistant

Includes CACW Certification Exam

Do you love animals? Working as a veterinary assistant is a great way to take a love for animals and turn it into a rewarding, beneficial career. This program will train you the knowledge and skills needed to successfully work as a Veterinary Assistant.

Hours: 685 Hours
Duration: 12 months
Level: Beginner
Average Completion: 6 Months
Language: English
Occupation: Veterinary Assistant
Enrolled: 75 Students

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Certified Veterinary Assistant

A Veterinary Assistant, or a VeterinarianÕs Assistant, helps Veterinarians by treating and caring for animals. Their duties include recording health information about animals, helping to administer treatments, and providing food and water to animals. Veterinary Assistants take care of animals by providing food and water, administering treatments, recording their health information, and providing advice to pet owners. Veterinary Assistants perform various tasks to allow Veterinarians to focus on the important tasks of diagnosing illness and choosing the best treatments for animals under their care. Other tasks a Veterinary Assistant performs include cleaning equipment, handling animals, giving medication, and weighing animals.

12 months of Full Access
9% Predicted 10-Years Job Growth

Is This the Right Career for You?

Have you always wanted to work with animals? A career as a veterinary assistant might be perfect for you. Veterinary Assistants work in versatile roles that include administrative and support duties. This career can enrich your life by providing rewarding help to people and animals in need.

1. Start today

Begin your transformation and learning journey right away.

2. Learn your way

Achieve your training at your own pace, according to your own schedule.

3. Get hired today

Complete industry-recognized certification and develop your employment strategy to begin your dream job.

6 Reasons to Complete Your Certified Veterinary Assistant Training With Us


With our programs, you can learn and study at your own pace with access 24/7/365 for the duration of your program. This means you can learn on your own terms and work around your own schedule.


Our online training comes with access to real, live support personnel that will help you through every step from our admissions adviser who will assist you with selecting the right training for you, to our student adviser who will be there with you during your entire training journey.


We have tailored our programs to provide comprehensive training in the technical and soft skills employers are looking for. With direct input and feedback from industry leaders and hiring managers, our program aligns with exactly what you need to successfully enter the workforce.


Our career training not only gives you the knowledge you need but preparation for the certification exams relevant to your desired career path. If you are pursuing an exciting new career in a field with a national certification, our program will both prepare you to sit for the exam but will often include a voucher for the exam cost.

Simulations and Case Studies

Our training programs have been developed with real learners and professionals in mind, so our programs incorporate real-world case studies and virtual simulations that will provide examples and interactions with real-life situations you may encounter during your career. These allow you to learn by experience with circumstances similar to what will be your daily responsibilities on the job.

Engaging and Interactive

Our training curriculum was developed with you in mind, looking at modern day learners and their needs. Our curriculum contains a mix of formats including reading, listening, watching, and interacting that will immerse you into a fun and engaging learning experience you will not only enjoy but not want to end.

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Program Description

The Certified Veterinary Assistant program is designed to help people who love animals and have no experience working or caring for them to learn how to do exactly that. Therefore, this program can help both aspiring professionals and existing professionals in this field increase their knowledge and sharpen their skills.
With a veterinary assistant certification, you can secure jobs in which you’ll work along with veterinarians, providing various animals with treatment for injury or sickness, health evaluation, and routine care. You can have a successful career working in places like zoos, veterinary hospitals, and animal shelters, all without having prior knowledge or experience of and in the field.
This highly-interactive and multimedia-centric course will teach you about:
1. Veterinary terminology
2. First aid for animals
3. Office procedures
4. Farm animals and how to ensure they remain healthy
What’s unique about this course is that it features veterinary terminology software that allows you to utilize an audio glossary review to help you correctly pronounce terminology. This makes for a more interactive and fun learning environment.
What’s more?
Students who successfully complete the certified veterinary assistant program will be well-prepared to take the NCCB national certification exam, making them a Certified Animal Care Worker in the process.

For animal lovers, there are few careers more rewarding than a veterinary assistant. The compassionate presence of these professionals relaxes both pets and pet owners alike. Veterinary assistants assist veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians with every aspect of animal care, as well as manage pet owners’ questions and concerns. This program is targeted at individuals seeking the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant. The training in this program is ideal for both entry level professionals looking to start out in the field and those professionals currently working in the field who are looking to advance their knowledge and skills.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
• Identify the core elements of veterinary medical terminology
• List the steps to analyze prefixes and suffixes
• Define the function and structure of systems of the body
• Recall common anatomical terminology for various animals
• Recognize terms to describe procedures performed on various systems of the body to treat injury and disease
• Identify the core elements of veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations
• List the steps to perform basic pet health care and maintenance
• Name the steps to identify various breeds and species
• Recall systems of the animal body and their diseases
• Recognize common behavior and ways to prevent behavior problems
• Define the history of veterinary medicine as well as day to day procedures in a hospital or clinic setting
• Recognize ways to protect against potential disease that can affect both animals and people
• Identify the delicate subject of euthanasia, the death of a pet and the stages of grief
• Recall proper ways of conducting laboratory, pharmacy and radiology procedures
• Recall how to build a proper first aid kit for your pet and essential items for a kit
• Identify common injuries and how to specifically treat each one
• Recognize how to treat basic illnesses and injuries at home
• Name the different health conditions and how to treat them using a first aid kit
• Identify healthy animals to use in production and recall the difficulties and benefits of raising livestock
• Recall the specifics of raising and handling various breeds of waterfowl, turkeys, game birds and rabbits
• List ways to grow your farm with goats, sheep and pigs
• Recognize the necessary steps needed to profit from cattle
• Define common types of infection found in the workplace
• Recognize the cycle of infection
• Recall steps for disease prevention
• Identify the proper steps for hand washing and wearing gloves
• Distinguish methods of how government regulations approach
This course provides students with qualified support professionals to guide them through their learning experience. The student support team is available to answer any questions a learner may have including questions on course content, course material, certifications, and registration or enrollment questions. Support advisers also monitor the progress of learners to ensure training retention and program advancement.
Though you are provided a full 12 months access to your program, the average completion time is only 6 months!

Certified Veterinary Assistant FAQs

To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

Module 1: Communication in Healthcare
• Healthcare teams
• Team success
• Champions
Module 2: Veterinary Office Practice
• The veterinary profession
• Medical terminology
• Office procedures and client relations
Module 3: Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, and Pharmacy
• Anatomy & physiology
• Pharmacology
• Pharmacy
Module 4: Animal Behavior and Care
• Animal behavior
• Animal restraint
• Animal husbandry and nutrition
Module 5: Animal Nursing
• Animal care and nursing
• Avian and exotic animal care and nursing
• Large animal nursing and husbandry
Module 6: Surgical Assisting and Laboratory & Diagnostics
• Anesthesia and surgical assisting
• Laboratory procedures
• Diagnostic imaging
Module 7: First Aid for Dogs and Cats
Module 8: Farm Animals and Their Health

All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements:

Internet Connection
• Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless)
Hardware Requirements
• Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
• Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

Software Requirements
• Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher
• Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
• Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Adobe PDF Reader


Upon successful completion of our Veterinary Assistant program, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Animal Care Worker (CACW). NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Infection Prevention
National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) Program Approval Number: 2842014-0.75-12686-dl (2.25 hours)
Hazardous Materials
National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)Program Approval Number: 2842014-0.75-12686-dl (0.75 hours)
Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


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Certified Animal Care Worker


3 Benefits of Earning your Veterinary Assistant Certification:
You get more one-on-one training from experienced instructors than you would from your colleagues while on the job. ...
More opportunities for job placement. ...
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• 100% Online, Self-Paced
• Open Enrollment
• Admissions and Student Support
• Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content
• Industry Certification Exam, when applicable
• Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion