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Veterinary Assistant

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? Taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, this intensive course provides the information you need to become a productive member of a veterinary team. Our complete veterinary training is designed for people who want to work as veterinary assistants at veterinary hospitals and for those already employed in related positions. Upon completion of the course, you will also have the opportunity to gain access to our Externship Starter Kit.

If you’re looking for veterinary assistant schools near you, we can help. Our online veterinary assistant training covers all the requirements that hospitals and veterinarians’ offices look for, and more. You'll 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’ll 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. The course concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your expertise, and develop strong interview skills. You will truly learn everything you need to know to be successful in your new career. 

6 Months / 225 Course Hrs
Open enrollment

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

Tri-County Technical College - SC

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Learning Method

Instructor-led

Self-Paced. Study on your own schedule

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Veterinary Assistant

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Details + Objectives

Course Code: GES118

What You Will Learn
  • The anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • How to handle medical records and communicate with clients and coworkers.
  • How to restrain animals for procedures, take vital signs, and bathe them.
  • All about nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.
  • How to assist during surgery and dental procedures.
  • Preparation of prescriptions and taking blood samples and radiographs.
How the course is taught
  • Self-paced, online course
  • 6 months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 225 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Upon passing this course, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.
  • You will be able to use your instructor as a professional reference.
  • Assistance from our Externship Coordinator and access to our Externship Starter Kit.

Outline

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Details
  1.     Module 1: Getting Started file
  2.     Module 2: Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital file
  3.     Module 3: Getting Ready for Your First Visit file
  4.     Module 4: Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System file
  5.     Module 5: Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints file
  6.     Module 6: Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems file
  7.     Module 7: Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen file
  8.     Module 8: Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations file
  9.     Module 9: More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies file
  10.     Module 10: Canine Restraint file
  11.     Module 11: Feline and Exotic Restraint file
  12.     Module 12: The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs file
  13.     Module 13: Everyday Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant file
  14.     Module 14: Workplace Hazards and Infection Control file
  15.     Module 15: The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures file
  16.     Module 16: Vaccinology file
  17.     Module 17: Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods file
  18.     Module 18: Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses file
  19.     Module 19: Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do file
  20.     Module 20: Giving Medications file
  21.     Module 21: The Euthanasia Process file
  22.     Module 22: Taking Blood Samples file
  23.     Module 23: Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood file
  24.     Module 24: Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation file
  25.     Module 25: Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies file
  26.     Module 26: Radiographs and Personal Safety file
  27.     Module 27: Radiographic Positioning file
  28.     Module 28: Pain Recognition and Emergency Care file
  29.     Module 29: Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care file
  30.     Module 30: External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More file
  31.     Module 31: Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart file
  32.     Module 32: Poisonings in Pets file
  33.     Module 33: Surgery 1: Preparing the Patient file
  34.     Module 34: Surgery 2: Your Role During and After file
  35.     Module 35: Understanding Animal Behavior file
  36.     Module 36: The Job Search and Future Opportunities file
  37.     FINAL EXAM

Instructors & Support

Jeff Grognet

Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.

Requirements

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended but not essential.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The following textbooks will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment: 

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale

More About

This course includes access to our Externship Starter Kit. You can research and locate externships on your own and our kit provides a breakdown of the process used for traditional externships, but tailored for this specific course. There may be certain eligibility requirements depending on the medical practice that hosts the externship or by the State you live in and plan to work in. It is your responsibility to research these requirements before an externship begins. We recommend using State affiliated websites or Certifying bodies such as AAVBS https://www.aavsb.org/public-resources/find-regulatory-board-information/ . As part of the externship paperwork, you may be asked to pass a background check and a possible drug test.

We cannot guarantee an externship, but will do our best to help you find experience. Just like seeking real employment, a lot of the work is up to you. You are asked to review professional practices in local areas and research specific types of work in the field. Please check with the practice to confirm you have everything needed to begin an externship.

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FAQs

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Can I register for a course if I am an international student?

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country’s regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

Does this course provide veterinary assistant certification?

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America has a certification course that began in 2012. Currently, this requires attending a college that also has a veterinary technician certification course. Once NAVTA creates a way for online courses to lead to certification, we will be exploring this avenue.

When can I start the course?

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course as soon as you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

How long does it take to complete this course?

This course is self-paced and open enrollment, so you can start when you want and finish at your own pace. When you register, you'll receive six (6) months to complete the course.

What if I don't have enough time to complete my course within the time frame provided?

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact your Student Advisor to help you work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

What kind of support will I receive?

You may be assigned with an instructor or team of industry experts for one-on-one course interaction. Your support will be available (via e-mail) to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance. All of our instructors are successful working professionals in the fields in which they teach. You will be assigned to an Advisor for academic support.

What happens when I complete the course?

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Am I guaranteed a job?

This course will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our courses. Additionally, some students may qualify for financial assistance when they enroll, if they meet certain requirements. Financing is available from select schools. Learn more: https://www.ed2go.com/career/financial-assistance

How can I get more information about this course?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, representatives are available via LIVE chat. You can also call us at 1-877-221-5151 during regular business hours to have your questions promptly answered. If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please send us a question using the “Contact Us” form.

How do you become a veterinary assistant?

The typical career path for a veterinary assistant involves earning a high school diploma or GED (although this is not required), then enrolling in a certificate course to learn the specifics of the job. Upon earning a certificate, the graduate finds employment as a veterinary assistant. The Veterinary Assistant course from ed2go is a great start; you’ll get a professional reference from your instructor that you may use to find a job.

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