Blackstone’s Online Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

Blackstone Career Institute’s veterinary assistant training offers a quality education covering the behavior, care, and treatment of animals. A veterinary assistant works on the animal care team under the supervision of a veterinary technician and a veterinarian. Gain a working knowledge of the veterinary assistant field, including veterinary assistant salary information, veterinary anatomy, medical terminology, veterinary office administrative office skills, animal care and handling, office technology, time and stress management, critical thinking skills, and working effectively on a team. Prepare for your veterinary assistant career with online veterinary assistant training from Blackstone Career Institute and discover the rewards of working in this exciting animal care field.

Job Outlook

The need for veterinary assistants will continue to grow as pet ownership in the U.S. is on the rise. Animal safety as well as responsible pet ownership has contributed to this increased demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of veterinary assistant jobs is expected to grow up to 19% by 2026, much faster than the average career.

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, a veterinary assistant salary could be upwards of $37,810 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $25,250. Many factors are considered when calculating a vet assistant salary such as location, type of facility, education level and years of experience. Research facilities usually pay higher salaries than clinical or hospital settings.

Student Testimonial

“I wanted to take some time to thank you, and Blackstone Career Institute for providing me with the knowledge to pursue my dream career working with animals. The program was very informative and simple to navigate. I loved being able to work at my own pace and feel as though I controlled my education. Anytime I needed assistance the staff members at Blackstone were more than eager to help, and always returned my phone calls/e-mails. As I progressed through each unit in my Veterinary Assistant program, I felt more and more knowledgeable on the trade, and was excited to move forward and see what the next unit had in store. Before Blackstone, I had always known I wanted to work with animals, just didn’t have any idea where to start.” …Keep Reading

Material Included in Your Vet Assistant Program

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries.With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries. With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -More than 4,500 audio pronunciations
  • -Translation exercises to help you put information into terms that clients can understand
  • -Part Puzzler-Practice dividing terms into their word parts
  • -Word Shop-Build the correct word based on a definition and a choice of word parts
  • -Hangman-Challenge yourself to spell the correct word based on challenging clues
  • -Listen and Spell-Plays key terms and asks you to spell the terms correctly
  • -Glossary of word parts with the meaning of each prefix, suffix and combining form

Textbook: Veterinary Medical Terminology, by Dawn E. Christenson. ISBN: 9781455733255

Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team

This textbook provides a clear understanding of the veterinary assistant profession, including responsibilities, front office management skills, successful communication with other veterinary team members and clients, and building your practice through marketing and excellence in customer service.With your textbook, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -Glossary containing over 500 terms
  • -Interactive working forms including sample checks, deposit slips, patient history forms, laboratory forms, logs, and incident reports

Textbook: Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, by Heather Prendergast. ISBN: 9780323261852.

Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team textbook, highlighting all of the important points and providing additional review questions.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

Blackstone’s accredited, online veterinary assistant training is a convenient way to gain the knowledge and skills practiced in a veterinary assistant career. Our affordable online veterinary assistant program is designed to fit your lifestyle and your budget. Along with a solid academic foundation, Blackstone’s veterinary assistant training includes superior student services to keep you encouraged, engaged, and on track, throughout this online certificate program.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Veterinary Assistant program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Veterinary Assistant.

  • Identify common learning strategies
  • Learn how to effectively handle front office duties
  • I Explore the anatomy and physiology of animals and their body systems
  • Gain an understanding of client communications, including interaction with a grieving pet owner
  • Identify and define common veterinary medical prefixes, suffices, and roots.

curriculum

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Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit 2 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit 3 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit 4 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 1

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: Body Structure and Organization
  • Chapter 4: The Hematopoietic System
  • Chapter 5: The Lymphatic System

Unit 5 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 2

  • Chapter 6: The Musculoskeletal System
  • Chapter 7: The Cardiovascular System
  • Chapter 8: The Respiratory System
  • Chapter 9: The Neurologic System

Unit 6 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 3

  • Chapter 10: The Eye
  • Chapter 11: The Ear
  • Chapter 12: The Alimentary System
  • Chapter 13: The Urinary System

Unit 7 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 4

  • Chapter 14: The Reproductive System
  • Chapter 15: The Endocrine System
  • Chapter 16: The Integumentary System
  • Chapter 17: Pharmacology

Unit 8 - Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit 9 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit 10 - Veterinary Office Assisting 1

  • Chapter 1: Veterinary Health Care Team Members
  • Chapter 2: The Receptionist Team
  • Chapter 3: Team Management
  • Chapter 4: Veterinary Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Chapter 5: Human Resources
  • Chapter 6: Stress and Burnout

Unit 11 - Veterinary Office Assisting 2

  • Chapter 7: Practice Design
  • Chapter 8: Technology in the Office
  • Chapter 9: Outside Diagnostic Laboratory Services
  • Chapter 10: Marketing
  • Chapter 11: Client Communications
  • Chapter 12: Interacting with a Grieving Client

Unit 12 - Veterinary Office Assisting 3

  • Chapter 13: Appointment Management Systems
  • Chapter 14: Medical Records Management
  • Chapter 15: Inventory Management
  • Chapter 16: Controlled Substances
  • Chapter 17: Logs
  • Chapter 18: Accounts Receivable
  • Chapter 19: Pet Health Insurance

Unit 13 - Veterinary Office Assisting 4

  • Chapter 20: Preparing and Maintaining a Budget
  • Chapter 21: Occupational Hazards and Safety Issues
  • Chapter 22: Security
  • Chapter 23: Clinical Assisting
  • Chapter 24: Calculations and Conversions
  • Chapter 25: Professional Development

Unit 14 - Animal Restraint for the Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Restraint of the Cat
  • Chapter 2: Restraint of the Dog

Unit 15 - Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit 16 - Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit 17 - How to Find as a Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Meet Your Veterinary Assistant Program Instructor

Laura Switkowski, Veterinary Assistant Consultant

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura is an instructor in the Veterinary Assistant Program at Blackstone Career Institute. Laura graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from Sienna Heights University in 2012. After graduating, Laura worked in a small animal hospital for several years. She has previously taught Clinical Pathology at Wayne State University’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2011. She is currently the Head Veterinary Technician at an Ophthalmology Veterinary Hospital in Rochester, Michigan since 2011. Laura has a great interest in anesthesia and pain management.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Material Included in Your Vet Assistant Program

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries.With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries. With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -More than 4,500 audio pronunciations
  • -Translation exercises to help you put information into terms that clients can understand
  • -Part Puzzler-Practice dividing terms into their word parts
  • -Word Shop-Build the correct word based on a definition and a choice of word parts
  • -Hangman-Challenge yourself to spell the correct word based on challenging clues
  • -Listen and Spell-Plays key terms and asks you to spell the terms correctly
  • -Glossary of word parts with the meaning of each prefix, suffix and combining form

Textbook: Veterinary Medical Terminology, by Dawn E. Christenson. ISBN: 9781455733255

Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team

This textbook provides a clear understanding of the veterinary assistant profession, including responsibilities, front office management skills, successful communication with other veterinary team members and clients, and building your practice through marketing and excellence in customer service.With your textbook, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -Glossary containing over 500 terms
  • -Interactive working forms including sample checks, deposit slips, patient history forms, laboratory forms, logs, and incident reports

Textbook: Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, by Heather Prendergast. ISBN: 9780323261852.

Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team textbook, highlighting all of the important points and providing additional review questions.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Veterinary Assistant Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to Veterinary Assistant careers. Learn how to become a Veterinary Assistant today!

State Licensure

It is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work in

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Veterinary Assistant Tuition Rates

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable price point. Everything you need to complete your Veterinary Assistant Certificate with Blackstone is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your needs and learn how to become a Veterinary Assistant today!

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FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students interested in learning how to become a Veterinary Assistant through Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Online Certificate Program.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Vet Assistant program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate program is Laura Switkowski. To learn more about Laura, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu.

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Veterinary Assistant?

The pet care industry’s continued expansion means that the number of veterinary assistant positions should continue to rise. With an increased animal population and a wide variety of health care services available, there is no shortage of jobs in the veterinary assistant career field. Veterinary assistants may work on a veterinary team in laboratories, research facilities, animal hospitals, and clinics. Clinics encompass general practices as well as specialty practices, including internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and dentistry.

Still have questions?

Speak with a student advisor today! We are available Mon – Thurs from 8:30 – 4:30 EST.

Overview

Blackstone’s Online Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

Blackstone Career Institute’s veterinary assistant training offers a quality education covering the behavior, care, and treatment of animals. A veterinary assistant works on the animal care team under the supervision of a veterinary technician and a veterinarian. Gain a working knowledge of the veterinary assistant field, including veterinary assistant salary information, veterinary anatomy, medical terminology, veterinary office administrative office skills, animal care and handling, office technology, time and stress management, critical thinking skills, and working effectively on a team. Prepare for your veterinary assistant career with online veterinary assistant training from Blackstone Career Institute and discover the rewards of working in this exciting animal care field.

Job Outlook

The need for veterinary assistants will continue to grow as pet ownership in the U.S. is on the rise. Animal safety as well as responsible pet ownership has contributed to this increased demand. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of veterinary assistant jobs is expected to grow up to 19% by 2026, much faster than the average career.

According to the 2016-2017 Occupational Outlook Handbook, a veterinary assistant salary could be upwards of $37,810 annually, with the middle 50% earning as high as $25,250. Many factors are considered when calculating a vet assistant salary such as location, type of facility, education level and years of experience. Research facilities usually pay higher salaries than clinical or hospital settings.

Student Testimonial

“I wanted to take some time to thank you, and Blackstone Career Institute for providing me with the knowledge to pursue my dream career working with animals. The program was very informative and simple to navigate. I loved being able to work at my own pace and feel as though I controlled my education. Anytime I needed assistance the staff members at Blackstone were more than eager to help, and always returned my phone calls/e-mails. As I progressed through each unit in my Veterinary Assistant program, I felt more and more knowledgeable on the trade, and was excited to move forward and see what the next unit had in store. Before Blackstone, I had always known I wanted to work with animals, just didn’t have any idea where to start.” …Keep Reading

Material Included in Your Vet Assistant Program

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries.With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries. With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -More than 4,500 audio pronunciations
  • -Translation exercises to help you put information into terms that clients can understand
  • -Part Puzzler-Practice dividing terms into their word parts
  • -Word Shop-Build the correct word based on a definition and a choice of word parts
  • -Hangman-Challenge yourself to spell the correct word based on challenging clues
  • -Listen and Spell-Plays key terms and asks you to spell the terms correctly
  • -Glossary of word parts with the meaning of each prefix, suffix and combining form

Textbook: Veterinary Medical Terminology, by Dawn E. Christenson. ISBN: 9781455733255

Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team

This textbook provides a clear understanding of the veterinary assistant profession, including responsibilities, front office management skills, successful communication with other veterinary team members and clients, and building your practice through marketing and excellence in customer service.With your textbook, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -Glossary containing over 500 terms
  • -Interactive working forms including sample checks, deposit slips, patient history forms, laboratory forms, logs, and incident reports

Textbook: Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, by Heather Prendergast. ISBN: 9780323261852.

Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team textbook, highlighting all of the important points and providing additional review questions.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Why Choose
Blackstone?

  • Nationally & Regionally Accredited
  • All Materials Included
  • Self Paced Program – No Deadlines
  • Affordable – Graduate Debt-Free
  • Reliable Instructor & Customer Support
  • A Proven Track Record of Student Success

Enroll for just $59 and save up to $356

At Blackstone we offer accredited, affordable and convenient online career training programs. With our low monthly payment options, 0% interest, all inclusive tuition and no hidden fees, you can graduate debt-free. Take advantage of our Tuition Assistance Payment Plan (TAPP) to earn your Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Save up to $356 today!

Save On Your Tuition

Start your future today

Graduate Debt – Free in a year or less

Program Details

Curriculum for Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

Blackstone’s accredited, online veterinary assistant training is a convenient way to gain the knowledge and skills practiced in a veterinary assistant career. Our affordable online veterinary assistant program is designed to fit your lifestyle and your budget. Along with a solid academic foundation, Blackstone’s veterinary assistant training includes superior student services to keep you encouraged, engaged, and on track, throughout this online certificate program.

Program Goals and Objectives

The Veterinary Assistant program prepares students for entry-level employment as a Veterinary Assistant.

  • Identify common learning strategies
  • Learn how to effectively handle front office duties
  • I Explore the anatomy and physiology of animals and their body systems
  • Gain an understanding of client communications, including interaction with a grieving pet owner
  • Identify and define common veterinary medical prefixes, suffices, and roots.

curriculum

Expand All +

Unit 1 - Blackstone’s Skills for Success

  • Chapter 1: Discover How You Learn
  • Chapter 2: Find a Place to Study
  • Chapter 3: Learn How to Study

Unit 2 - English Usage and Written Communication

  • Chapter 1: Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2: Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3: Pronouns, Verbs, and Agreement
  • Chapter 4: Sentence Types and Punctuation
  • Chapter 5: Written Communications

Unit 3 - Introduction to Computers, the Internet and Electronic Communication

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Computers
  • Chapter 2: The Internet, Websites and Media
  • Chapter 3: Electronic Communication

Unit 4 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 1

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Chapter 2: The Cell
  • Chapter 3: Body Structure and Organization
  • Chapter 4: The Hematopoietic System
  • Chapter 5: The Lymphatic System

Unit 5 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 2

  • Chapter 6: The Musculoskeletal System
  • Chapter 7: The Cardiovascular System
  • Chapter 8: The Respiratory System
  • Chapter 9: The Neurologic System

Unit 6 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 3

  • Chapter 10: The Eye
  • Chapter 11: The Ear
  • Chapter 12: The Alimentary System
  • Chapter 13: The Urinary System

Unit 7 - Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology 4

  • Chapter 14: The Reproductive System
  • Chapter 15: The Endocrine System
  • Chapter 16: The Integumentary System
  • Chapter 17: Pharmacology

Unit 8 - Interpersonal Communications

  • Chapter 1: Aspects of a Positive Workplace Environment
  • Chapter 2: Communication
  • Chapter 3: Diversity in the Workplace
  • Chapter 4: Team Building

Unit 9 - Critical Thinking Skills

  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Critical Thinking and the PANIC Method
  • Chapter 2: Inference and Judgment
  • Chapter 3: Metacognition
  • Chapter 4: Forming Strong Conclusions through Predicting
  • Chapter 5: Rhetorical Strategies
  • Chapter 6: Critical Theories
  • Chapter 7: Deductive Reasoning
  • Chapter 8: Emotional Intelligence and Critical Thinking

Unit 10 - Veterinary Office Assisting 1

  • Chapter 1: Veterinary Health Care Team Members
  • Chapter 2: The Receptionist Team
  • Chapter 3: Team Management
  • Chapter 4: Veterinary Ethics and Legal Issues
  • Chapter 5: Human Resources
  • Chapter 6: Stress and Burnout

Unit 11 - Veterinary Office Assisting 2

  • Chapter 7: Practice Design
  • Chapter 8: Technology in the Office
  • Chapter 9: Outside Diagnostic Laboratory Services
  • Chapter 10: Marketing
  • Chapter 11: Client Communications
  • Chapter 12: Interacting with a Grieving Client

Unit 12 - Veterinary Office Assisting 3

  • Chapter 13: Appointment Management Systems
  • Chapter 14: Medical Records Management
  • Chapter 15: Inventory Management
  • Chapter 16: Controlled Substances
  • Chapter 17: Logs
  • Chapter 18: Accounts Receivable
  • Chapter 19: Pet Health Insurance

Unit 13 - Veterinary Office Assisting 4

  • Chapter 20: Preparing and Maintaining a Budget
  • Chapter 21: Occupational Hazards and Safety Issues
  • Chapter 22: Security
  • Chapter 23: Clinical Assisting
  • Chapter 24: Calculations and Conversions
  • Chapter 25: Professional Development

Unit 14 - Animal Restraint for the Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Restraint of the Cat
  • Chapter 2: Restraint of the Dog

Unit 15 - Time & Stress Management

  • Chapter 1: LifeTime Patterns (Values)
  • Chapter 2: The Power of LifeTime Habits
  • Chapter 3: Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes
  • Chapter 4: Choosing Your Priorities
  • Chapter 5: Planning and Scheduling Activities
  • Chapter 6: Interruptions, the #1 TimeThief
  • Chapter 7: TimeLogs
  • Chapter 8: TimeTips
  • Chapter 9: Self-Esteem and Time Management
  • Chapter 10: Stress Management

Unit 16 - Management Practices & Principles

  • Chapter 1: The Supervisor: Manager and Leader
  • Chapter 2: Effective Communication
  • Chapter 3: Creating a Positive Work Climate
  • Chapter 4: Building Teams and Managing Conflict
  • Chapter 5: Delegation
  • Chapter 6: Developing Job Expectations
  • Chapter 7: Recruiting Employees
  • Chapter 8: Selecting Employees
  • Chapter 9: Orienting and Training Employees
  • Chapter 10: Performance Evaluation
  • Chapter 11: Disciplining Employees

Unit 17 - How to Find as a Veterinary Assistant

  • Chapter 1: Job Search Correspondence
  • Chapter 2: The Job Search
  • Chapter 3: Job Interviews

Meet Your Veterinary Assistant Program Instructor

Laura Switkowski, Veterinary Assistant Consultant

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Laura is an instructor in the Veterinary Assistant Program at Blackstone Career Institute. Laura graduated from Macomb Community College’s Veterinary Technician Program and became a Licensed Veterinary Technician in 2008. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science from Sienna Heights University in 2012. After graduating, Laura worked in a small animal hospital for several years. She has previously taught Clinical Pathology at Wayne State University’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2011. She is currently the Head Veterinary Technician at an Ophthalmology Veterinary Hospital in Rochester, Michigan since 2011. Laura has a great interest in anesthesia and pain management.

We are here to help you

Upon enrollment in Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Program, students will receive their instructor’s information. For additional support, our student service center is available Mon – Fri to assist students. Simply call 800.826.9228 or email info@blackstone.edu.

Material Included in Your Vet Assistant Program

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries.With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources

No out of pocket costs. With Blackstone, all materials are included. See details below:

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This textbook introduces animal anatomy and physiology, as well as veterinary medical terms related to the various body systems, common diseases and injuries. With your textbook, Veterinary Medical Terminology, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -More than 4,500 audio pronunciations
  • -Translation exercises to help you put information into terms that clients can understand
  • -Part Puzzler-Practice dividing terms into their word parts
  • -Word Shop-Build the correct word based on a definition and a choice of word parts
  • -Hangman-Challenge yourself to spell the correct word based on challenging clues
  • -Listen and Spell-Plays key terms and asks you to spell the terms correctly
  • -Glossary of word parts with the meaning of each prefix, suffix and combining form

Textbook: Veterinary Medical Terminology, by Dawn E. Christenson. ISBN: 9781455733255

Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team

This textbook provides a clear understanding of the veterinary assistant profession, including responsibilities, front office management skills, successful communication with other veterinary team members and clients, and building your practice through marketing and excellence in customer service.With your textbook, Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, you will also gain access to additional veterinary assistant program study materials and resources, including:

  • -Glossary containing over 500 terms
  • -Interactive working forms including sample checks, deposit slips, patient history forms, laboratory forms, logs, and incident reports

Textbook: Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team, by Heather Prendergast. ISBN: 9780323261852.

Veterinary Anatomy & Medical Terminology Study Guides

These four online study guides will lead you through the Front Office Management for the Veterinary Team textbook, highlighting all of the important points and providing additional review questions.

Blackstone’s Online Student Center

Along with your traditional course items, you will gain unlimited access to Blackstone’s Online Student Center, where you can chat real-time with other students, participate in online discussions, take exams at your convenience, receive instantaneous Grade Reports, and receive up-to-the-minute news about Blackstone Career Institute.

Veterinary Assistant Resources

Network and enhance your professional knowledge. Find sites and organizations that specifically relate to Veterinary Assistant careers. Learn how to become a Veterinary Assistant today!

State Licensure

It is important to check with the state licensing board or similar regulatory body in the state you plan to work in

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Tuition

Veterinary Assistant Tuition Rates

Blackstone Career Institute makes it easy for you to receive a quality education at an affordable price point. Everything you need to complete your Veterinary Assistant Certificate with Blackstone is included in your tuition. Choose the payment plan that best fits your needs and learn how to become a Veterinary Assistant today!

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16 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $59.00 with 15 monthly payments of $79. The final payment is $54.

24 Month Autopay Plan requires a Down Payment of $59.00 with 23 monthly payments of $59. The final payment is $26.

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FAQ’S

FAQ’s for Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program

A helpful resource for students interested in learning how to become a Veterinary Assistant through Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Online Certificate Program.

Is your school accredited?

Yes. Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), and regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Accreditation assures the public that our curriculum, faculty, administrative procedures and polices meet the accrediting agencies’ exceptionally high standards. To better understand the value of accreditation, read this document published by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

How much is tuition?

Please click here to view tuition for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program.

Do you offer financial assistance?

Blackstone offers 3 affordable, interest-free payment plan options but is not a Title 1V school that accepts FAFSA or Pell Grants. Students may also apply for tuition reimbursement from their employer, or check with their State and Local Assistance. Learn more here

Can I use my Military Benefits?

Yes! BCI takes the confusion out of understanding military education benefits. Blackstone is proud to be named on a National list of Military Friendly Schools. With our career programs being approved by both the Department of Veterans Affairs, and The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA), Blackstone ensures you receive the benefits for which you are eligible. Learn more here

How do I enroll?

Students can enroll anytime from our website by clicking here or calling our student service center Mon – Thurs from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EST at 800.826.9228. Blackstone has open-enrollment, so students can enroll in our online certificate programs anytime, 24/7/365.

Are there physical textbooks included in the program?

As an online school, our courses use e-books for convenience of studying on the go and to allow us to keep tuition costs down. We do provide the ISBN information for each e-book under the materials tab. Students who wish to purchase a physical copy of the e-book can simply use the ISBN number provided on our website to purchase the book through a third party like amazon or chegg.com.

How do course materials release online?

Students who pay in full for their program will have access to all of their materials once enrolled. Students who enroll under a monthly payment plan will have access to a new unit every month upon making their monthly payment.

What is the average completion time for students in the Vet Assistant program?

One of the major advantages in taking Blackstone’s Veterinary Assistant Certificate program is that students can work at their own pace. Many students complete the program in 8 -12 months. Students have up to 24 months from their enrollment date to complete and graduate from their program.

Who is the instructor for the course?

The instructor for our Veterinary Assistant Certificate program is Laura Switkowski. To learn more about Laura, please click here. Students with any curriculum questions can send their inquiries to instructor@blackstone.edu.

Who do I contact if I need help?

For curriculum questions, contact our Education Department by sending an e-mail to instructor@blackstone.edu, for additional questions regarding our online certificate programs, email student services at info@blackstone.edu.

Will credits transfer to a college or university after I graduate?

Blackstone’s online certificate programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level careers. While some schools may accept credits from Blackstone, it is at the discretion of the receiving school. Simply check with the school’s admissions office.

Do you provide job placement?

As a true distance education school, we are unable to provide job placement. We do feel confident that our online certificate programs provide the education needed to qualify for entry-level employment. Our Career Center offers students and graduates resources to search for successful employment.

Where can I expect to find a job as a Veterinary Assistant?

The pet care industry’s continued expansion means that the number of veterinary assistant positions should continue to rise. With an increased animal population and a wide variety of health care services available, there is no shortage of jobs in the veterinary assistant career field. Veterinary assistants may work on a veterinary team in laboratories, research facilities, animal hospitals, and clinics. Clinics encompass general practices as well as specialty practices, including internal medicine, surgery, dermatology and dentistry.

Still have questions?

Speak with a student advisor today! We are available Mon – Thurs from 8:30 – 4:30 EST.