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Online Animal Science Courses Can Offer a New Career for Pet Lovers

written by: Sarah Malburg•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/5/2011

There are many careers in animal science that you can pursue after competing an online certificate program. Find out how you could become a dog obedience trainer, a pet groomer or even a veterinary assistant. Turn your passion for animals into a career with these online animal science courses.

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    Want to Work With Animals?

    Some online universities offer several online certificate programs and online diplomas that will allow you to pursue a career in various fields of animal science. These such programs could provide you with: a dog obedience trainer diploma, pet grooming diploma, or a veterinary assistant certificate. Some universities also offer online veterinary continuing education courses for licensed veterinarians that want to advance their career even further. Upon completion of these types of online certification programs, a whole new future may await you!

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    Begin a Career in Dog Obedience Training at Penn Foster Career School

    Penn Foster Career School is a regionally and nationally accredited online school that offers several online diplomas and certificates which makes learning a new trade convenient for many students.

    The dog obedience trainer/instructor program at Penn Foster Career School consists of 11 Instruction "Sets", each containing two or three lessons on various topics. After each instructional set is completed, an exam will be administered via online or mail and a passing score is required to continue to the next set. Each set of lessons also includes some graded projects for completion as well.

    Some of the lesson topics covered in the sets include:

    • Sensory Abilities of the Dog
    • How Dogs Learn
    • Applied Dog Behavior
    • House Training and Crate Training
    • Canine Equipment
    • Commands Behavior Problems
    • Dog Breeds
    • Search and Rescue Training
    • Dog Training Business/Creating A Business Plan

    At the end of the last instructional set of lessons and after meeting all program and financial obligations, you will receive the graduation set, which includes a leather leash, a dog treat bag, and a voucher to take the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors Certification Exam (NADOI). In order to become a full-time member of NADOI, an individual must have at least 2-5 years of training experience in addition to his or her diploma.

    The total cost for this program is $898, but will vary depending on the payment option you choose. There is also tuition reimbursement for military students.

    If you are interested in a job working as a Dog Obedience Trainer, then you could work in a kennel, be a dog trainer for law enforcement work or the handicap, or could work at an obedience school helping owners learn how to train their dogs. You could even start your own dog training business. A career in animal science is at your fingertips with this great program!

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    Earn an Online Diploma in Pet Grooming From Penn Foster Career School

    This online certificate program in Pet Grooming at Penn Foster is similar to that of the Dog Obedience Trainer Instructor program, except it is slightly shorter.

    There are 9 Instructional sets with some of the courses including:

    • The Grooming Professional
    • Anatomy and Health Care of Dogs and Cats
    • Bathing and Drying
    • Terrier Group
    • Toy Group
    • Cat Grooming Procedures

    Just like in the other program, there is an exam at the end of each set of lessons.

    The total cost for this online program is $798 which includes all books, material, grooming tools, and instructional support and services. This price will vary depending on payment method chosen.

    With this diploma, you will be able to provide the quality care and personalized treatment for anyone's pet. You could find a career with a kennel (grooming AKC breeds), a pet store, or even start your own private grooming business right out of your home!

    Visit Penn Foster's Career School website for more information on these online certificate programs at

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    Ashworth Vet Assistant Program

    Ashworth College is a nationally accredited online school that offers a variety of online degrees and diplomas. If you are interested in helping veterinarians take care of sick and injured animals, then the Ashworth Vet Assistant program may be right for you.

    This online veterinary assistant training course/program consists of 22 individual lessons that each include objectives, directions from your instructors, vocabulary terms, a reading assignment, practice exercises, and an exam at the end.

    Some of the skills and concepts you will learn from these lessons are:

    • Animal Physiology
    • Behavioral Problems
    • Animal Pharmacology/Administering Medication
    • Emergency Care/First Aid
    • Performing Lab Tests
    • Treatment of Diseases and Disorders
    • Animal Nursing

    The Ashworth Vet Assistant program is reasonably priced at $794, but monthly payments and tuition assistance are accepted. This price includes all texts, study guides, a medical encyclopedia, online exams, and of course, instructional support.

    After completing this program, you will be able to work as an assistant to breeders and veterinarians and work at kennels, zoos, pet stores, animal shelters, and grooming businesses. This one is a must-see!

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    Online Veterinary Continuing Education (CE)

    Veterinary Education Online (VEO) is an online continuing education program for licensed veterinarians who are too busy to attend CE classes in person. This program is under the supervision of The Office of Public Engagement at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois and is a grant-funded program. Some of these CE courses may count as credit toward some states' licensing requirements. (Check with your state's board of licensing for more info.)

    Some of the courses available include:

    • Pain Management
    • Small Animal Dentistry
    • Toxicology
    • Diagnostic Imaging

    The price of each course is very reasonable with no one costing more than $300 total.

    For more information, please visit the VEO website directly.

    These online certificate programs will definitely help you achieve your goal if animal science is your career path choice. Good luck!