Ready to become a productive member of a veterinary team? In this online course, you will learn about every aspect of veterinary assisting, including anatomy and physiology, animal restraint, laboratory sample collection, assisting in surgery and dentistry, prescription preparation, and taking radiographs. You will also learn how to interact professionally with clients and gain the expertise you need to educate them about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication. This program is designed for people who want to work at a veterinary hospital and for those who are already employed in positions in which they look after animals.
Prerequisites: A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended.
Requirements:This program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and a variety of browsers and browser versions. You will need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. You will need an Internet connection (high-speed is recommended) and email capability.
- Understand the duties of the veterinary assistant.
- Learn the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
- Master office communication skills and see how to handle medical records.
- Learn how to determine age and gender of animals.
- Find out how to restrain animals seen at the hospital.
- Discover how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.
- Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, and properly bathe animals.
- Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital from anesthetics, infections, and X-rays.
- Explore the reproductive cycles, diseases, and sterility procedures in cats and dogs.
- Find out how vaccines work, when to give them, and how to administer them.
- Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, including prescription foods.
- Discover how to prepare prescriptions and understand the different drug classes.
- Learn the different ways to administer medications—orally, in eyes and ears, and by injection.
- Understand the euthanasia process from the client's and hospital's perspectives.
- Learn how to take blood samples and how to restrain for the procedure.
- Understand what blood tests tell us, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.
- Learn how to collect urine and perform a urinalysis, and understand what the results mean.
- Understand diagnostic tests performed in the hospital on serum, skin, and feces.
- Understand radiation protection and how to position an animal to for a radiograph.
- Recognize and alleviate pain in animals.
- Learn how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.
- Learn how to chart teeth, perform common dental procedures, and provide client education on dentistry.
- Understand the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for internal and external parasites.
- Understand how to nvestigate substances that can poison pets and learn about emergency treatment.
- Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare surgical packs.
- Understand how to prepare a patient for surgery and help during and after the anesthetic.
- Learn how to prepare an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills.
- Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale.
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You will receive a password and log-in information via email within 3-5 business days of registering for this course. Course materials are included and will be mailed to you within 10 business days. You have 180 days to complete this course. You must make an 70 or higher as your final grade to successfully complete the course and receive a certificate of completion. There are no refunds for this course.
If you have questions about this course, please contact the online coordinator at 470-578-3355 or email@example.com.