Jumpstart your rewarding veterinary assistant career with CareerStep’s NAVTA-approved Veterinary Assistant Training. Crafted by experienced industry professionals, this flexible program equips you with vital skills through engaging course materials, videos, games, and practical exercises.

Program Timeline

Time is in your hands—our self-paced program lets you study as much or as little as your schedule allows, with up to 8 months of access.

Study Format

Flexibility is key. Access online courses 24/7, learning whenever and wherever suits you best. With just a laptop, you're ready to thrive!

  • Learn from home or anywhere
  • Train online anytime

Comprehensive Curriculum

Progress at your pace, one step at a time. Our program prepares you for the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) exam through an externship, connecting you with valuable career opportunities in the veterinary field.

  • Program Orientation
  • Veterinary Office Procedures and Medical Record-Keeping
  • Digital Technology
  • Microsoft Office 2019: Foundations Course
  • Animal Behavior and Restraint
  • Animal Anatomy and Disease
  • Introduction to Veterinary Pharmacology
  • Introduction to Animal Nursing
  • Externship Readiness Skills
  • Introduction to Veterinary Surgical Assisting
  • Grief, Pet Loss, and Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Radiology
  • Veterinary Laboratory Procedures
  • Introduction to Large & Exotic Animal Assisting
  • Veterinary Emergency Care and Triage
  • Final Exam Preparation
  • Initiating Your Externship
  • Clinical Externship
  • Program Completion: Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Certification

CareerStep’s online Veterinary Assistant training readies you for industry-recognized certification:

  • Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA)

Offered through the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) exam is one of the most recognized certifications for veterinary assistants, measuring your competency in a number of job-relevant skills.

Embark on your journey towards becoming a skilled Veterinary Assistant with us!



With over 25 years’ experience, CareerStep offers learners a humans-come-first approach to learning in the fields of healthcare, healthcare administration, and technology. CareerStep offers fully online training programs designed to provide flexibility and allow you to take a self-paced learning approach. You will work with a Career Advisor to discuss your goals, choose your program and then start your training.

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