Become a certified veterinary assistant in just
5 months with in-person training, personalized attention and career mentorship

Earn as much as a vet tech without spending as much as $50,000
on a lengthy education

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

Get a certification with training in methods that no other veterinary assistant
school in the country teaches

Attend classes (limited to 15 students) at our campus 3 or 5 times a week

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Learn how to launch your career as vet assistant in as few
as 100 days

Complete the form below to receive a free guide about our programs.

Classes are filled on a first come,
first serve basis. Limited spots are available.

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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 in high demand for skilled veterinary assistants, and this is the quickest way to get your new career started.

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.

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 to launch their veterinary assistance career

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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 experience.

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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 are the only vet assistant school that offers multiple pet studies and dual certifications giving you added job stability and increased income potential.

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You are set up for success

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

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Job assistance

We connect you with businesses needing vet assistants. So most graduates are hired shortly after getting their certification.

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Job ready in 5 months

This program is designed to move fast and give you valuable hands-on experience. 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 start the process of becoming a vet assistant. To do so, you’d need to pursue one of three avenues for learning: hands-on school, online school, or apprenticeship. Of these options, hands-on schooling 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.

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 $1 less per hour on average than vet techs. The average salary for vet assistants in the US is $31,567 per year, but some can make as much as $42,000 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 $34,000 per year. Some make as much as $50,000 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
crazy about 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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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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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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Pet companies that hire our students

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This certification 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 education

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 are the only vet assiting school that offers multiple pet studies and dual certifications giving you added job stability and increased income potential.

Our programs are 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 25 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

The APC has funding options available to our students that are eligible. Our students may be eligible for tuition assistance through certain government grant programs (does not include FASFA loans) as well as payment plans and scholarships through the APC. Call our admissions director for more information.

We offer two options for housing and both are located in St. Charles, Missouri. Housing is furnished with private rooms. Living areas are shared with other APC Students. The cost per week for housing is $175 for Off-Campus House and $225 for Apartments (other fees may apply). Students enrolled in a Training program are allowed to have dogs in housing with them. These options fill up quickly so apply your deposit to lock in your room.

We are located only 30 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Our facilities are conveniently located in St. Charles, MO right off Interstate 70, minutes from food, parks, and entertainment.

Yes, in addition to full-time options, part-time enrollment is offered in all training and grooming programs (vet assistant programs must be attended full-time). Part-time is offered as a fixed 3-day per week schedule and may be different for each program. Combining a 3-day schedule and short class days allows many students to work while enrolled in school.

We offer monthly, open enrollment for Grooming and Training! You may begin class on the first week of each month throughout the year as long as our class capacity allows.

Veterinary assistant classes are on a Semester schedule with start dates available 2 times each year, in the spring and fall.

We offer small class sizes to ensure a better student to teacher ratio. Start date will only be held once application, contract and deposit are submitted.

Equipment must be purchased through the APC. We have designed our equipment packages around each specific program. The equipment packages provide you with all the basic equipment needed to begin your career as a professional. Equipment packages are given out on the first day of school.

You can begin the enrollment process any time but we recommend beginning after a school visit. The first step is completing the Student Enrollment Application with all necessary attachments and paying your $50 application fee. If accepted, you will receive notice from our admissions department. The next step to enroll is to pay your $900 deposit and sign your Course Contract. This is what will lock in your start date and program.

YES! We have employers from all over the country that ask for our graduates. We will help you find the right fit in this industry and get you in contact with as many options as possible. We have resources to prepare your resume and interviewing skills too! New jobs are posted regularly.

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 most perfect program.

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 APC, a refund will be issued with no questions asked.

The Power of Happy Visits

August 9, 2019

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