Launch your career in veterinary care
with our vet assistant school and certification program. Become a Vet Assistant in 5 months

Our comprehensive vet assistant program offers top-notch vet assistant training without the time commitment of other tech or vet assistant schools.

Receive a comprehensive education without the cost of a lengthy vet tech program

Start practicing right away — you don’t need a state license

Get a certification and hands-on training in methods that aren't found in most vet assisting programs

Attend in-person training classes (limited to 15 students) at our campus in St. Charles, MO

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Hands-on veterinary assistant
school in Missouri

The Veterinary Assistant School at The Academy of Pet Careers can get you started in a new career in just a few months. The veterinary industry is looking for trained veterinary assistants, and a formal vet assistant program is the quickest way to achieve your goals.

All of our training programs focus on the well-being of the pet and follow our Pet Empowerment practices. As a result, our graduates will be trained in methods that aren't found in most vet assisting training programs.

Proud to be a part of this school!

This school is amazing. I went through the Vet Assistant program and loved every second of class! Sure there is some textbook stuff, but every minute was fascinating! You also learn a lot more skills so you stand out to employers. My teacher is amazing and cares so much! In fact the whole school cares so much! It’s not like a university where it’s extremely hard and they just want your money. These people really care about their students and the animals. I’m proud to be a part of this school and represent this school throughout my career. Love you guys!

Katie Dinkins

Why hundreds of students have trusted The Academy of
Pet Careers with their veterinary assistant training

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Hands-on learning

This program combines both hands-on and lecture-based education, ensuring you can jump right into your new career from Day 1.

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Small class sizes

You get one-on-one attention from instructors for optimal learning and hands-on training.

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Modern & optimized curriculum

We constantly update and revise our curriculum in accordance with the trends and demands in the pet industry.

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Financial aid

We are approved by many funding organizations to help with school expenses. Our admissions team helps you through the application process.

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Dual certifications

We offer dual certification opportunities for you to study multiple trades, giving you added job stability and increased income potential.

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You are set up for success

Our vet assistant programs are designed to set the students up for success - we focus on training skills you need to excel in your desired career.

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Job assistance

We do more than just vet assistant training. We help with the job search and connect you with businesses needing vet assistants.

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Job ready in 5 months

This program is designed to move fast and give you valuable hands-on training. Once complete, you’re ready to immediately use your new skills in the industry.

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100% Money-back guarantee

Our money back guarantee is also known as our “drop window”. It is a 14 calendar-day period at the beginning of their program, that allows students to be sure that they have picked out the perfect program for them.

We are so sure that you will be happy with your schooling that we offer a “Money Back Guarantee” to ensure your satisfaction. If for any reason you wish to discontinue your attendance at The Academy of Pet Careers, a refund will be issued with no questions asked.

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How vet assistants differ from vet techs

Even though vet assistants and vet techs perform much of the same tasks, there are key differences
in how they receive their education, what they do and how much they make. Review the breakdown
below to learn more and make an informed decision about your future career.

Scope of Work

Vet Assistant

The day-to-day responsibilities of a vet assistant vary based on their experience and their employer. In a hospital or clinic setting, a vet assistant can typically expect to…

  • Provide for the husbandry needs for animals in the clinic or hospital’s care.
  • Assist veterinarians in exams, surgeries, and other procedures.
  • Take patients’ vitals, administer medication, and care for hospitalized animals.
  • Communicate with pet owners about their animals’ needs and health concerns.

Vet Tech

Vet techs can do everything a vet assistant can with only a few differences. In addition to the duties listed above, vet techs can also administer anesthesia. Other than that, they perform most of the same day-to-day tasks. There may be some variations depending on the state in which they practice.

Usually, these students go on to complete their two- or four-year degrees before taking the required national and state examinations to get licensed in their state.

Education

Vet Assistant

Anyone with a high school diploma or equivalent can attend a vet assistant training program. To do so, you’d need to pursue one of three avenues for learning: hands-on school, online school, or apprenticeship. Of these options, a hands-on vet assistant school requires the largest investment but gives you the most comprehensive education.

Vet Tech

The education requirements for vet techs are much more rigorous. Unlike vet assistants, vet techs need to complete a veterinary technology program at a college or university that costs $35,000 to $50,000. The education requirements for vet techs are much more rigorous. Unlike vet assistants, vet techs need to complete a veterinary technology program at a college or university that costs $35,000 to $50,000.

Usually, these students go on to complete their two- or four-year degrees before taking the required national and state examinations to get licensed in their state.

Licensing and Certification

Vet Assistant

No licensing requirements. All you have to focus on is quality training and hands-on experience.

Vet Tech

Vet techs do need to take and pass the Veterinary Technician National Examination and state examination to get licensed in their state. Once completed, they will receive the title of Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT). In some states the term “registered” may be replaced with “licensed” or “certified”.

Salary

Vet Assistant

Because vet assistants do much of the same work as vet techs, their salaries are comparable. In the US, vet assistants make just $2-$3 less per hour on average than vet techs. Published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary for vet assistants in the US is $34,490 per year, but some can make as much as $45,000 per year.

When you factor in the cost of school, though, vet assistants can actually end up making more in the long run.

Vet Tech

Salaries for vet techs and assistants vary by state and experience level. On average, vet techs in the US make around $40,770 per year according the the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some make as much as $55,000 depending on their location and the type of environment they work in.

What our certified graduates say
about their training at The Academy of Pet Careers

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I highly recommend this place to anyone
who loves animals. I did the vet assistant program,
grooming program and PEP. It really
helped me to get my foot in the door. I’m now
a technician and work at an amazing hospital.
I love this place!

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APC Vet assistant school graduate - Rachel

Rachel Stoddart

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I had so much fun and learned so much during my time in the Veterinary Assistant class! Everything was very engaging and Katie(teacher) made the class so much fun.

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APC Vet assistant program graduate - Keith

Keith Faulkner

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When I graduated I couldn’t have done it without my amazing teachers! they were great! they helped so much in something I didnt understand or didn’t get. if it wasnt for all the positive things they do I wouldn’t
be here!

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APC Vet assistant training graduate - Jordan

Jordan Van Lue

Pet companies that hire our students

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Our program gives you the skills and industry
experience to excel in a career as a veterinary assistant

Veterinary Assisting Program

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Introduction to Veterinary Assisting

Maintaining a Clean & Safe Environment

Common Veterinary Medical Conditions

Small Animal Identification & Communication

Handling & Restraint of Canines & Felines

Small Animal Husbandry and Nutrition

Laboratory Procedures

Pharmacology and Medical Care

Diagnostic Imaging

Surgical Assisting

Exotics

Large Animals

Being a Valuable Team Member

Career Preparation

Pet CPR & First Aid

I highly recommend studying professional
training at the Academy of Pet Careers! It is a lot of hands-on which is very helpful. The teachers and staff are so amazing and you can almost pretty much make your own schedule. You can go to school and still have a job and the staff is very understanding about your goals.

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Katarina Ziegler

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Veterinary Assisting Program

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Introduction to Veterinary Assisting

Maintaining a Clean & Safe Environment

Common Veterinary Medical Conditions

Small Animal Identification & Communication

Handling & Restraint of Canines & Felines

Small Animal Husbandry and Nutrition

Laboratory Procedures

Pharmacology and Medical Care

Diagnostic Imaging

Surgical Assisting

Exotics

Large Animals

Being a Valuable Team Member

Career Preparation

Pet CPR & First Aid

I highly recommend studying professional
training at the Academy of Pet Careers! It is a lot of hands-on which is very helpful. The teachers and staff are so amazing and you can almost pretty much make your own schedule. You can go to school and still have a job and the staff is very understanding about
your goals.

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Katarina Ziegler

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The advantages you gain with in-person vet assistant training

Hands-on courses are more personalized and comprehensive offering maximum value for your time.

Live courses can be customized to your learning style. Everybody learns at their own pace and we make sure no one is left behind. 

You learn from experienced professionals in the industry who know how to teach and help you succeed.

They are more fun! You learn in a positive and friendly environment that consists of dog lovers such as yourself.

What makes the Academy of Pet Careers such a unique place to learn vet assisting?

We offer dual certification opportunities for you to study multiple trades: dog training, pet grooming, and vet assisting. This offers added job stability and increased income potential.

Our vet assistant training is designed to set the students up for success - we focus on teaching you the skills you need to excel in your desired career.

Our veterinary assistant certification is unique in that it provides the most comprehensive and pertinent information to start your new career.

You benefit from 30 years of experience in the pet field from our instructors who know what it takes to succeed in this career path.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A veterinary assisting school is an educational institution that offers structured in-person or online training programs to teach you how to become a vet assistants. Attending one can provide you with the knowledge, skills, and vet assistant training needed to pursue a career in a vet clinic.

Most vet assisting programs have minimal prerequisites, such as a high school diploma or equivalent. To attend a training program at the APC, you must be 18 years of age for all in-person classes. No other experience is necessary.

The duration of vet assistant training schools can vary. Most schools will have programs ranging from 12-weeks to 6 months, with a few exceptions. Length can be an important deciding factor, but shorter programs will not provide the same level of proficiency as longer ones. At the APC, our vet assisting program takes less than 6 months to complete.

Vet assistants can work in various settings, including veterinary clinics, animal shelters, zoos, or anywhere else animals health is a concern. The demand for qualified vet assistants is generally high and the skills required translate well into any animal career.

While a vet assisting certification is not required, it can significantly enhance your credibility and job prospects. Many clinics prefer to work with educated and trained vet assistants.

There are currently no licensing requirements for vet assistants in Missouri. Most states in the US have no requirement to work as a vet assistant but some states may require a vet assistant certification to practice.

Unlike most 2-4 year educations required to become a veterinary technician, vet assisting programs are a fraction of the price and length. You should expect to spend anywhere between $10,000 and $20,000 for an in-person program.

In-person training programs provide practical experience working with dogs in real-life situations, while online programs offer flexibility and self-paced learning. The choice depends on your learning style, goals, funds for education, and availability.

As a graduate of The Academy of Pet Careers, you will earn a nationally recognized certification that proves that you met the high standard of proficiency set forth by the APC. Graduates will receive a badge and letters to represent your accomplishments and make you more marketable to clients.

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