Online Veterinary Assistant Program

Classes are all done online, in which video lectures and materials are reviewed at home.

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Veterinary Assistant Course


Veterinary Assistants are entry-level healthcare professionals that work in many different veterinary settings. They work with Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians to provide medical care for sick or injured animals.


If you love working with animals, take the first step towards a new career in the veterinary field with Florida Gulf Coast University’s Veterinary Assistant Program, offered in connection with MK Education.


Through this online program, receive quality training from MK Education’s dedicated instructors with expertise from the field. You'll get hands-on training to be able to work side-by-side with a veterinary team tending to the needs of animals (with optional externship). Students learn more 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. Human relations for the veterinary assistant, medical terminology, and veterinary technology are also covered.

Career Outlook


Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is projected to grow 9 percent in the next decade, faster than the average for all occupations. In addition to fast employment growth, high occupational turnover should result in very good job opportunities. (

  • 18 years of age

  • High school diploma or G.E.D.

Course Details 

This course will introduce students to the science of veterinary medicine.  Students will learn to care for sick and injured animals as well as learn client relations, office and hospital procedures, animal nursing, exam room practices, surgical preparations, laboratory processes and radiology and pharmacology terminology. 

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. For an additional fee of $450, students have the option to receive hands-on-training by completing a 100 clock-hour externship at a local vet clinic through MK Education.

MK Education has established relationships with vet sites nationwide to provide potential opportunities to complete this externship for all our students.


Payment Plan is available through
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