Veterinary Assistant and Grooming

Diploma Program - 100% Online

Veterinary Assistant & Grooming

Introducing the Diploma in Veterinary Assistant and Grooming program – your gateway to a rewarding career in Veterinary Services!

Are you ready to embark on one of the fastest paths to enter the thriving industry of animal care? Our comprehensive program equips you with the technical skills and professional support necessary to secure entry-level positions as Veterinary Assistants. With employment opportunities in various settings, Veterinary Assistants play a crucial role in this expanding field.

  • Develop professionalism, effective communication, and collaboration skills within the veterinary profession.
  • Acquire comprehensive knowledge of the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations specific to the veterinary assistant field.
  • Master the anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology of small animals, essential for success as a veterinary assistant.
  • Learn the proper techniques for performing small animal restraint during examinations, ensuring the safety and comfort of the animals.
  • Gain the ability to evaluate and utilize information obtained from an animal's health history form, contributing to optimal care.
  • Implement universal precautions throughout various veterinary assistant tasks to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Course Details

  • Delivery Method: Online
  • Program Length: 12 months
  • Credits: 53

Career Options

  • Private Veterinary Practices
  • Dog Grooming Facilities
  • Animal Shelters and Care Providers
  • Animal Husbandry for Farms

industry growth

The pet industry is booming, with projected spending of over $143 billion by pet owners this year alone.1

What You Will Learn

  • Discover essential knowledge of small animal anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology tailored specifically for the veterinary assistant profession.
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the legal and ethical standards, guidelines, and regulations that are integral to the veterinary assistant field.
  • Master advanced skills in professionalism, communication, and collaboration within a veterinary setting to excel in your role as a veterinary assistant.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of  Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers is projected to grow 19% in Illinois from 2021 to 2031.2

The Rockford Career College Advantage

Rockford Career College is a distinguished institution that prioritizes career-focused education, equipping students with practical skills and real-world experience in their desired fields. What sets Rockford Career College apart is its unwavering commitment to preparing students for success in the workforce.

  • Programs: Choose from a diverse range of programs in animal sciences, healthcare, business, cannabis, and skilled trades. Our programs are meticulously crafted to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to thrive in their chosen careers.
  • Small Class Sizes: Benefit from personalized attention and support from our instructors, thanks to our small class sizes. This approach ensures a deeper understanding of the subject matter and the ability to apply it to real-world scenarios.
  • Multiple Schedule Options: We understand the demands of your life. That's why we offer on-campus, hybrid, and fully online diploma and degree programs that provide the flexibility you need to accommodate your lifestyle.
  • Experienced Faculty: Learn from industry professionals who bring extensive experience and expertise to the classroom. Our faculty members provide invaluable real-world insights and connections to enhance your learning journey.
  • Hands-on Training: Gain practical skills through hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs and clinical settings. Apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations, enhancing your confidence and readiness for your future career.


  • On-Campus & Online Options
  • 20+ Career-Focused Programs
  • Hands-On & Real World Training
  • Inclusive Small Class Sizes
  • Caring Instructors
  • Student-Centered Experience
  • Tutoring & Personalized Support
  • Financial Aid for Those Who Qualify
  • Externship Opportunities
  • Career Placement Assistance & dedicated career services team
  • RCC is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

"I’m the first in my family to get a college degree – and I couldn’t be happier that I did it at RCC! Anything is possible – especially if you have a support system like I did behind me."

Karyssa Mosher Schwickerath

2022 Graduate, Veterinary Technician