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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your questions today. Where are you with your schooling? What type of animals do you want to work with?
Okay thanks for the additional information. To address your question regarding the difference between a veterinary technician and a veterinary assistant. I don't believe you need to pay for an education to be a veterinary assistant. Most clinics will do on the job training for veterinary assistant regardless of education background. However a veterinary technician is trained with their education to perform special techniques which veterinary assistants may not be able to do either due to the law or due to lack of skills. Also becoming a veterinary technician greatly opens up more job prospects which is definitely helpful with working with large livestock animals.
The most popular program that some of my assistants have enrolled in is Penn Foster. They offer an online program that you pretty much can do at your own pace with some limitations. But you are required to do some externships at actual clinics to complete this degree. Notable VCA hospitals and Banfield hospitals.
I included the link in my response so you can check out the program.
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