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Do you have a passion for animals? Is it your dream to work in a setting such as a veterinary clinic, zoo or animal shelter? Take the next step in your professional journey with our flexible and convenient veterinary assistant courses.

Giving you the chance to learn from highly qualified and experienced professionals within veterinary care, this online course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive in this rewarding field.

Explore our course breakdown below or enrol now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enrol on our veterinary assistant course, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Introduction to animal and veterinary health care
    2Animal health issues, illness and injuries
    3Illness and disease identification and treatment
    4Veterinary office management and administration
    5Risk and safety management in animal care settings
    6Animal first aid and injuries
    7Preventative healthcare
    8Pet / animal rehabilitation and nursing
    9Routine health care treatments
    10Anatomy and physiology
    11Animal behaviour, perception and communication
    12Animal genetics
    13Animal social and instinct behaviours
    14Animal handling and transportation
    15Behavioural and abnormal animal behaviours
    16Pet / Animal training
    Regulations within the Ireland

    The ICI Vet assistant course is not designed to meet the registration requirements of the Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI). It is essential that anyone engaging in any type of veterinary work in Ireland be registered with VCI. The course will not enable you to work as a VET nurse or assistant in Ireland. The course is however designed for those who have an interest in animals. It is a suitable foundation course for those who are contemplating a career in this area or for the purposes of professional development and further training.

  • How Will You Benefit?


    There are many benefits associated with studying our pet care courses online. For example, you will:

    • Fast track your career as a veterinary assistant or pet care specialist
    • Study a course that has been designed in consultation with senior members of the animal care profession
    • Complete the learning programme at your own pace, allowing you to fit your studies around work, family and other commitments
    • Have your own personal tutor to provide advice and feedback
    • Avoid the expense and hassle of attending in-person classes
    • Save 10% on your course fee by paying upfront, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Start reaping the benefits by enrolling today!

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  • Career Prospects

    Veterinary care is a growing industry and skills within this sector are in high demand. People love to have pets, and they want to provide them with the best possible care they can. Working as a veterinary assistant or in a related role gives you the chance to play a key part in this.


    Our veterinary assistant course gives you the tools you need to thrive in this expanding profession.

    What do veterinary assistants do?

    Working alongside veterinarians, these animal and pet care assistants carry out a variety of crucial tasks. This can include everything from examining animals for signs of injury or illness to keeping records and providing support and comfort to pet owners.

    No two days are the same in this profession. You will get to meet and help a wide variety of animals and people, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference.

    What roles are available in animal care?

    Our graduates have found employment in the following areas:

    • Veterinary assistant (including veterinary technician, animal lab technician and hospital assistant
    • Pet therapist
    • Pet shop staff member or owner
    • Animal trainer, groomer or breeder (usually self-employed)
    • Animal welfare officer at animal shelters
    • Zoo and wildlife park staff members
  • Course Levels Explained


    Our veterinary assistant course leads to the awarding of a Diploma. This qualification recognises the graduate’s capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions.

    Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our veterinary assistant course.

    So if you have a love of animals and want to make your dream career a reality, simply enrol today.

  • Course Length

    Students typically complete this course within:

    Diploma Level24 weeks

    Studying veterinary assistant courses online with ICI puts you in control of your timetable. You decide how long it takes to graduate.

    If you want to complete your course as quickly as possible, you can fast track your learning and graduate in a matter of months. Or if you would prefer to take it more slowly, we allow up to three years to finish the programme.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our veterinary assistant course is carried out entirely online via distance learning, also known as correspondence learning. This gives you total flexibility, allowing you to fit your career development around existing commitments.

    With access to your own personal tutor, who will answer your questions and provide advice, you can learn, submit assignments and complete assessments whenever you wish. You can also study anywhere in the world, without the difficulty and cost associated with attending lessons in person.

    Our online veterinary assistant course is designed to be highly relevant and engaging, so you should find working through the material to be a rewarding experience.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our veterinary assistant course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Like all our learning programmes, it takes a very practical approach. Written and delivered by experts within the animal care profession, it goes far beyond just the theory and gives you key practical insights and skills that will give you a competitive advantage in this industry.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a veterinary assistant or in a related animal care role? This course is for you. It will allow you to update your skills in this dynamic, ever-changing profession and is one of the most practical steps you can take to enhance your career prospects. It can also help to reignite your passion for animal care and give you greater confidence in your role.

    The fees of our veterinary assistant course can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the learning programme is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our veterinary assistant course are included in the course fee. Once you enrol, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

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    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of studies and qualifications
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (For example: John Smith, DipVA)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 29th September 2023 is the next enrolment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrolment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enrol today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enrol Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a veterinary assistant – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enrol, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrolment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrolment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enrol in a program, simply complete the online enrolment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrolment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrolment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.