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Veterinary Technology

About Veterinary Assisting

Veterinary Assisting Registration Starts May 17! 


 Our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program offers different levels of training, depending on your goals and experience.

Getting Started

You'll find entry-level education and training for those interested in starting a career in animal care and veterinary assisting, volunteers, new un-registered staff.


In service continuing education and training for non-certificated veterinary assistants currently working in a veterinary facility.


Stepping-stone into the AVMA accredited Veterinary Technology Program for those interested in becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT).

  • Inexpensive, convenient, online, high quality orientation, in-service education, and training for entry-level staff.
  • Veterinary assistants and receptionists - Upgrade your knowledge and skills if you are currently working in a veterinary practice.

What You Will Learn

Partner with us! Learn as you work.

We provide the structure, accountability, and deliver the educational content and enhance your practical on the job training. Taking a course online provides maximum flexibility for you - login and learn when it is convenient for you.

The Online Veterinary Assisting Program is based on the essential knowledge and skills developed by the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators (AVTE) and approved by the North American Veterinary Technician Association (NAVTA).

The two authors and instructors of the program have over 25 years of experience teaching veterinary technicians and combined have extensive practical clinical experience both as a veterinarian and a registered veterinary technician.

The content of the program spans the essential knowledge and skills from the "front" of the veterinary clinic to all areas "in the back!"

Receptionist skills and a wide range of basic clinical knowledge and skills are covered in a systematic and thorough way. You will prepare for an exciting new career as a veterinary assistant by learning the essential knowledge and hands-on skills of the Veterinary Assistant.

  • In VT52A the emphasis is on the practical aspects of front office management, working as part of the veterinary health care team, basic animal care, medical terminology, and basic aspects of patient management under direct supervision; including infection control, nutrition and behavior.
  • VT52B focuses on basic clinical skills and common procedures. Assisting with routine exam room, treatment room; clinical laboratory and radiologic procedures; administration of medication, animal grooming, instrument cleaning and care; surgical preparation and operating room assisting; patient record keeping and client communication.

Program Outline


  1. Veterinary medicine and the veterinary health care team
  2. Careers in veterinary medicine
  3. Types of veterinary practices
  4. Professionalism and the veterinary workplace
  5. The Human-Animal Bond.
  6. Office Practices
  7. Workplace Safety
  8. Universal Precautions
  9. Aseptic Technique
  10. Basic Medical Terminology
  11. Basic Clinical Skills
  12. Basic Nutrition
  13. Basic Behavior


  1. Animal Restraint
  2. Restraint Devices
  3. Transporting Patients
  4. Placing and removing animals from enclosures
  5. Common Exam and Treatment Room Techniques
  6. Animal Grooming
  7. Administration of Medication
  8. Surgical Assisting
  9. Medical Assisting
  10. Basic Clinical Laboratory Skills
  11. Assisting in Radiology.
Click here if you have not read the Program Curriculum Requirement Sheet!


Required Courses

This online certificate program prepares for employment or upgrades knowledge and skills as a Veterinary Assistant or Receptionist in only 12 Weeks!

Receive a Career Certificate in Veterinary Assisting.

  • First Six-week Session: VT52A-01W-Veterinary Assisting I
  • Second Six-week Session: VT52B-Veterinary Assisting II
  • Regular 12-week Session: VT88A -Clinical Preceptorship I

*Students must already have a full or part time job in a veterinary clinic to enroll in VT88A.

To earn the certificate, you must take all three courses. You may take VT52A and VT52B first without taking VT88A. You may complete VT88A later. You may not take VT88A unless you have already completed or are concurrently enrolled in VT52A & B.

Computer and Internet Requirements

  • This course can be taken from either a Macintosh or a PC. A basic understanding of how to use the operating system is essential (Saving and opening files, creating folders, connecting to the Internet, naming and renaming files and folders, etc.)
  • An active account with an Internet service provider, reliable Internet connection, and an email account are required. Basic knowledge of the process of uploading and downloading files, and sending files as attachments are important.
  • Knowledge of how to use a web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox recommended.)
  • Students must be proficient in computer keyboarding, possess basic computer operation skills, have a basic understanding of a computer word-processing program (Microsoft Word recommended.)

Required Course Materials

All VA Certificate Courses require that the student purchase the following textbooks with accompanying CD-ROM:

  1. Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, 3rd edition by Paula Pattengale and Teresa Sonsthagen Published by Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN# 978-1-118-44078-0
  2. Learning Veterinary Medical Terminology by Douglas Mc Bride. ISBN# 0-323-01329-5


The Foothill Bookstore has these texts available; they ship anywhere in the United States.

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Lisa Eshman, DVM
Program Director



Main Campus & Sunnyvale Center Open Wednesday

Due to improved conditions and anticipated rain, Foothill College and Sunnyvale Center will be open Nov. 21. Face masks will be available at the Health Center, Library, Stem Center and TLC.

Campus Open Wednesday, Nov. 21