VA 3000

VetBloom Vet Assistant

Online Certification Training

This program provides the perfect opportunity to begin your career in the veterinary services industry. Watch a program sneak peek below!

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26  Weeks
Program Length
Avg. Starting Salary*
Vet Bloom
Issuing Authorities

This program is NOT available to residents of the following states: WI, ND, RI, LA, AR. This program is not recognized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), and therefore residents of the State of Georgia are NOT eligible for enrollment into this program.

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MedCerts Tuition Advantage

We believe everyone should have access to higher education. With the option to pay in full, break down payments or utilize government grant funding, we help expand that access.

Monthly Payment Options as low as $242 Payment Plans for Every Student

Talk with an Education Consultant to pick the perfect payment plan, from paying in full to installments with interest rates from 0-12%.

Total Tuition $4,000 Pay in Full

The total tuition can be paid immediately or through a number of grant-funded or monthly payment plan options.


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The pricing listed above for a monthly payment plan is an estimate for the cost of an 18-month payment plan including down payment. Final pricing is given at time of purchase and may vary from both pricing examples above.

MyCAA, Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance/COOL and Workforce Grants

MedCerts offers financial aid options through these government grant-funded programs – MyCAA, Workforce Funding (including WIOA), and Department of Defense Credentialing Assistance or COOL funding for the Army, Air Force and Coast Guard. Those eligible include Military Spouses; active duty Army, Reserves, and National Guard members; active duty Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air Force National Guard, and US Space Force; active duty Coast Guard and SELRES members (enlisted and officers); or workforce-funded qualifying job seekers. Speak to an Education Consultant to see if you qualify.

What Does a Vet Assistant Do?

As a vet assistant, you will provide support to veterinarians and technicians. Some daily tasks include providing quality care for animal patients by feeding, supplying environmental enrichment and running laboratory testing. You’ll work at the front desk staff by greeting clients, providing education on general health topics and medications and ensuring exam rooms are clean and well-stocked.

Entry Level Jobs in the US
Vet Assistants will see available jobs grow 19.3% over the next ten years.
All available job and salary information is from Burning Glass Labor Insights and is updated annually to reflect industry changes.

What You’ll Learn
VA 3000
VetBloom Veterinary Assistant

Vet assistants play a vital role in the everyday balance of a veterinary hospital or laboratory.

MedCerts has partnered with VetBloom (an Ethos Veterinary Health company) to provide a cutting-edge online vet assistant program that not only meets the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) standards but also prepares you to be employer-ready at program completion.

Our program is broken into five Vet Assistant courses – Intro to Veterinary Assisting and Medical Terminology, Intro to Patient Care and Handling, & Medical Records, Intro to Pharmacy, Wellness & Lab/Exam Room Procedures, Intro to Surgery and Radiation Safety, and Emergency Readiness, Front Office Procedures and Client Education. You will learn from industry experts all about the animal anatomy and physiology, with a focus on dogs and cats, while gaining invaluable knowledge of medical terminology and animal diseases. Also, you will learn to care for animals in a veterinary clinic, how to sterilize medical equipment, disinfect and maintain rooms and cages and provide emergency first aid to animals that are injured or sick.

This Vet Assistant career training program prepares graduates for the National Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination and provides the opportunity for you to work together with potential employers through a hands-on externship experience. Upon completion of this program, students wishing to sit for the AVA exam will be required to complete a 120hr externship. VetBloom will assist students with an externship site.

Graduates of this NAVTA Approved program set themselves apart in the job market, as employers prefer to hire a vet assistant who holds the AVA designation.

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  1. Maintain safe and clean veterinary hospital environment
  2. Comprehend basic anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
  3. Perform basic laboratory skills and record keeping, and pharmacology
  4. Understand radiation safety and radiography basics
  5. Know common diseases and medical conditions
VA 3000

Enrollment Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Web browser with internet connection
  3. Course registration & payment
  4. 6 months of related experience or an Associate’s degree

MedCerts-Covered Materials*

  1. Expert-led video based training
  2. Competency assessments
  3. National Designation exam fee

Student Services

  1. Dedicated Student Success Advisors
  2. Tailored support based on performance & behavior
  3. Exam preparation process
  4. 1 yr. post-program access to Career Center & Career Coaches

Clinical Requirements

  1. Complete 120 hours of hands-on experience in a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic.
  2. Document and upload hours each week and upload the skills list once completed.

*The cost of all materials needed for this program are covered by MedCerts. They are not included in the tuition costs and the student is not liable for any costs or fees related to the above materials.

Required Courses
VA 3011

Veterinary Assistant Module 1

35 hours
4 Weeks

This module provides the veterinary assistant student with an understanding of the human animal bond, expected conduct of the veterinary professional, and how to effectively communicate with clients and coworkers. Basic medical terminology and medical records, including the electronic medical system, are introduced in this module. Zoonotic and contagious diseases are discussed including in-depth coverage of the role of the veterinary assistants and the importance of cleaning in the veterinary hospital and performing correct hand hygiene. Students are taught basic breed identification and animal husbandry including the expectations of treating deceased pets with respect. We begin discussing common medical conditions and diseases of the digestive system. Restraint and handling of the veterinary patient are discussed in depth and are the focus of a large portion of the hands-on teaching. Students also begin learning how to set up equipment necessary for the veterinary technician or veterinarian to perform a variety of common procedures. 


VA 3012

Veterinary Assistant Module 2

35 hours
4 Weeks

The veterinary assistants’ role in assisting the veterinary technician with caring for the hospitalized patient are the focus of this module. An introduction to IV fluids, fluid pumps, fluid lines, and basic calculations are covered. The importance of and how to document hospitalized patient events and treatments, patient assessment and medication administration, and the importance of nutrition are taught. Students also learn how to perform basic medical calculations, basic grooming skills. A basic overview of diseases of the endocrine and urinary systems are taught. 


VA 3013

Veterinary Assistant Module 3

35 hours
4 Weeks

Laboratory record keeping, how to submit samples to outside labs and how to run basic in-house laboratory equipment are covered in this module. Students are taught the basics of veterinary hospital inventory control and how to stock various areas of the veterinary hospital including the exam room, treatment/procedure areas, and the surgical prep area.  Students are introduced to the veterinary pharmacy including the handling of controlled substances and proper medication disposal. Wellness exams, wellness testing, vaccines and an overview of diseases associated with the hematologic, integumental system, and pansystemic system are included in this module


VA 3014

Veterinary Assistant Module 4

35 hours
4 Weeks

This module focuses largely on preparing the veterinary assistant student to assist the surgical technician when setting up for and cleaning up after surgery including how to set up the anesthetic machine and monitoring equipment. Radiation safety and radiology basics are also covered. Having mastered the handling and restraint of the average veterinary patient in previous modules, students are now introduced to the handing of aggressive, compromised, and contagious patients. An overview of nervous system and musculoskeletal disorders are included in this module


VA 3015

Veterinary Assistant Module 5

35 hours
4 Weeks

Basic emergency readiness, triage and the emergency crash cart are introduced in this module. Students are taught client communication and basic phone skills, patient discharge procedures. Basic ophthalmologic and cardiopulmonary diseases are covered. 


VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Externship

120 hours
6 Weeks

Hands-on training and experience are essential to your success as a veterinary assistant! Students work directly with credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinarians as directed by the Externship Site Supervisor observing, practicing, and demonstrating skills required of a veterinary assistant. A checklist of required skills to complete during your externship must be completed and uploaded into VetBloom documenting you have successfully mastered these skills. Please note, students are not issued dosimeter badges by the VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program and therefore should not be in the radiology suite when radiographs are taken. Students may assist with positioning patients as directed by a credentialed technician or veterinarian however must leave the area prior to the radiograph being taken.

Working with actual patients in the veterinary hospital and applying the knowledge and skills you learned during your didactic learning on VetBloom is crucial to your success. Be sure to ask questions of the experienced veterinary technicians and veterinarians to make the most of your clinical externship experience.

Clinical externships are completed at a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program has established relationships with several externship sites around the country. A list of externship sites with their contact information will be provided however other qualifying veterinary hospitals and clinics may be used provided they meet the VetBloom Veterinary Assistant Program requirements.  All externship sites must complete our Clinical Externship Site Agreement and the Externship Site Supervisor agreement prior to beginning the externship. The VetBloom Veterinary Assistant program provides an informational online webinar for Externship Site Supervisors to help them better understand the important role they play in your education. Please contact the externship site directly to inquire if they are accepting students, their externship policies, your schedule, etc.

All students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of hands-on experience in a veterinary hospital in a full-service veterinary hospital or clinic. Animal handling experience at shelters and animal rescue site is not acceptable for this program. VetBloom will assists students with an externship site. Liability insurance is required during the entire externship and proof of coverage must be provided prior to beginning any externship.


Code Course Duration
VA 3011 4 Weeks
VA 3012 4 Weeks
VA 3013 4 Weeks
VA 3014 4 Weeks
VA 3015 4 Weeks
6 Weeks
Total Program Duration 26 Weeks

VetBloom Vet Assistant

Job Opportunities

Career Potential

Veterinary Assistant

$20,000 – $40,000*
Estimated Salary

Veterinary Client Service Representative

$30,000 – $35,000*
Estimated Salary


  1. The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine, nor the state of Louisiana, recognizes or certifies Veterinary Assistants. This program is not recognized by the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission (GNPEC), and therefore residents of the State of Georgia are NOT eligible for enrollment into this program.
  2. Students wishing to sit for the VetBloom's Approved Vet Assistant (AVA) exam will be required to complete a 120 hour externship. VetBloom will assist students with an externship site.
  3. While MedCerts training and related target certifications may be accepted and/or approved by your state of residency, employers reserve the right to dictate prerequisite education, experience, or certification/licensure requirements for their positions. We strongly advise students to research target job posts from area employers and relevant state requirements, barriers, or restrictions prior to enrollment to ensure eligibility upon graduation.

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