Like animals? Want to learn how to help them stay healthy without having to relocate or stop working?
While there are no online degrees to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), there are online programs that can help you take the first step towards becoming a veterinary technologist or veterinary technician.
What’s the difference between a technologist and technician? Time and training.
How Online Veterinary Programs Work
Like a campus-based vet program, an online veterinary program has similar academic requirements.
You'll learn the science behind veterinary medicine through a combination of web seminars and exams, plus a series of clinical mentorships where you can practice your skills in a hands-on environment.
During the online portion of the class, you'll learn by watching videos about topics such as drawing blood or securing a cow in a veterinary halter. You'll then need to apply these skills and practice them at a physical veterinary practice.
As an online veterinary student, you, like your on-campus peers, will be required to learn how to work with a wide range of animals, even if you later choose to specialize in just one type or species.
Given the necessity of real-world training, you should verify (before enrolling in an online program) that there are local practices near you where you can get clinical hands-on experience.
Choosing an Online Veterinary School
As with any vet tech program (or any online degree program), you should ensure that the program you choose is accredited. Although most colleges and universities are accredited through regional associations of higher learning, you can only become a licensed veterinary technician or technologist if you graduate from an educational program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
What You'll Learn in an Online Program
Since you’ll be working with animals, an understanding of anatomy, biology, math and science will be important. Knowledge of animal health and disease will also be key to your success.
Online studies will include classes that teach you:
- Animal care and grooming,
- Anesthesia techniques,
- How to perform lab tests,
- How to administer medication,
- How to provide emergency care to animals,
- Animal nutrition best practices, and more.
Online degree programs in veterinary technology allow you to learn at your own pace, and receive the faculty support, career services, and networking you'd expect with an on-campus program.