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Become a Veterinary Assistant III: Practical Skills

Learn the practical skills you'll need to be a valuable veterinary assistant or educated pet owner. Taught by a practicing veterinarian, this course is the third installment in our "Become a Veterinary Assistant" series.

Throughout the course, you'll benefit from videos that demonstrate many procedures and techniques, as well as state-of-the-art interactive graphics. It's as close as you can get to actually being right there in the veterinarian's office!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Starting April 17 | May 15

Become a Veterinary Assistant III: Practical Skills

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Course Code: psk

What You Will Learn
  • Explore all the many duties that a veterinary assistant typically performs
  • Learn how to safely restrain an animal for blood tests, urine collection, and injections
  • Find out how to obtain blood samples
  • Learn how to catheterize a bladder
  • Review the basics of blood and urine interpretation
  • Gain a thorough understanding of examination room procedures
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn the practical skills you'll need to be a valuable veterinary assistant
  • Gain confidence in your ability to perform the daily tasks of a veterinary assistant
  • Open the door to new opportunities as a veterinary assistant

Outline

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Week 1

We'll begin this course with a discussion about one of the basic duties of veterinary assistants—how to safely and securely hold animals. You’ll also find out how to assess a patient's body language, how to remove a dog from a cage, and how to use different equipment to control a patient. Then, turn your focus to cats as you learn the "stretch," the "scruff," and the "kitty burrito" restraint techniques. We'll also examine how to restrain rabbits, birds, and other exotics.

Week 2

Learn to put your restraint skills to work with videos as well as detailed, step-by-step instructions to help prepare you for your daily duties. Then, after a review of the circulatory system, we'll look at the most common sites for taking blood—jugular, cephalic, and saphenous veins. We’ll also take a look at the equipment you'll be using (needles, syringes, and blood collection tubes).

Week 3

In this lesson, we'll focus on the tests you might help to perform and explore how veterinarians diagnose diseases. Then, look at urine and how to take samples. And just like when we talked about blood, we'll also look at the tests that you might help to perform on urine, and go over what duties you'll be responsible for.

Week 4

Learn all the duties you might be asked to perform in the surgical suite including clipping and scrubbing a patient, preparing surgical packs, knowing the names of the surgical instruments, and cleaning and sterilizing those instruments properly. Then, learn what to do to keep anal sacs clear and anal glands healthy. We'll also examine how to clean ears, administer medication, and provide a bath—all common responsibilities that you may be assigned as a veterinary assistant.

Week 5

In this lesson, we'll look at how to identify the gender of kittens, puppies, and bunnies, as well as how to tell their age. Then, you'll learn about TPR—temperature, pulse, and respiration. We'll also discuss how to take a patient history, what to look for while performing the TPR, and how to identify dehydration.

Week 6

In this lesson, I'll give you a crash course in medical terminology and how to use it when taking radiographs. We'll also talk about how to read x-rays. Finally, we'll take a closer look at how to give injections (including vaccines) and how to diagnose one of the most common ailments that afflicts cats and dogs: worms.

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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. However, completion of Become a Veterinary Assistant and Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction is recommended.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

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

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 and will be available online.

FAQs

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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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