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 in high demand for skilled veterinary assistants, and this is the quickest way to get your new career started. If you’ve ever considered working with animals, this program can help you find your 'fur-ever' career.

All of our 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 no other veterinary assistant school in the country teaches.

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What's Included in Our Veterinary Assistant Certification...

The hands-on education provided by our veterinary assistant school offers everything required to sit for the MVMA's certification test and much more. Our veterinary assistant certification is unique in that it provides the most comprehensive and pertinent information to start your new career. We are a programmatic school, therefore, you will jump right in and don’t need to worry about electives such as English and Math classes.

For example, below are a few of the topics learned in our Veterinary Assistant Certification:

  • Introduction to Veterinary Assisting
  • A Clean and Safe Environment
  • Common Veterinary Medical Conditions
  • Small Animal Identification and Communication
  • Handling and Restraint of Canines and Felines
  • Small Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Pharmacology and Medical Care
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Exotics
  • Large Animals
  • Surgical Assisting
  • Being A Valuable Team Member
  • Career Preparation


Firstly, unlike veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants are not required to be state licensed to practice. Every state is different, but some organizations allow vet assistants to certify through their state Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), but this is not required. In other words, it is like an exclusive club to network with other vet assistants and get continuing education.


With capabilities that almost match that of a licensed vet tech, veterinary assistants get paid almost as much. For example, the average hourly income of a vet assistant is around $2/hour less than that of a vet tech in the united states. Learn more about the average veterinary assistant salary in the US.

Length of School and Cost

To become a vet tech, you must complete two years of education at a licensed school. The cost for this can range from $35,000 to $50,000 to complete. Upon graduation, like a veterinarian, you can then sit for your boards. If you pass, you will then be considered a “licensed” veterinary technician. Veterinary assistant school range in length but are usually completed in just a few months, and for a fraction of the cost.


Finally, veterinary assistants can do nearly everything a licensed vet tech can do. Because they are not licensed by the state, there are a few things they are not allowed to do in a veterinary clinic. This includes administering anesthesia and limited assistance in surgery. Outside of that, veterinary assistants can do most everything a vet tech can do. Rules may be different in each state and should be clarified before attending school.

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Reasons to Become a Veterinary Assistant

Pet Contact

Veterinary assistants get to be hands on pet every day. For those looking to start a career they are passionate about, this is a great field that offers stability and the ability to work closely with animals.

Saving Lives

Whether its preventative medicine or surgery, nearly every day, veterinary assistants are helping save the lives of the animals they work with. Veterinarians appreciate the value and contribution of their support staff and know they can’t do the job without them.

Job Versatility

The medical knowledge and experience of a vet assistant makes them valuable in other niches of the pet care industry. If you decide to leave the medical side of the industry, you will be welcomed with open arms at pet hotels, day cares, and rescue groups. Veterinary assistants also make some of the most qualified pet sitters, because people trust they can better care for the health of their pet if something were to happen to them.

Veterinary Assistant School You Can Trust!

The Academy of Pet Careers is the only hands-on pet career school in the country that provides certificates in veterinary assisting, dog grooming, and dog training. All programs are provided in small classes with more one-on-one attention than other schools.

We have been providing education to pet professionals for over 25 years and have always led the area with the most up to date curriculum and education. In addition, every one of our programs includes comprehensive education in animal behavior and canine communication. Our graduates are leading the industry with their understanding of how to best enrich and empower the pets in their care.

We follow the philosophy of Pet Empowerment and believe that there should be a higher standard of care for pets in the US. As a result, each of our students must take our Pet Empowerment Pledge, asking them to consider the physical, mental, and emotional health of every pet in their care. If you want to make a difference, you can take the pledge too!

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