I especially like that you had photographs along with the content. The video clips were very helpful as a learning aid. The course was well organized and written in a style that was easy to understand. The course content was excellent. It was a convenient, interesting, and fun course. The case histories and examples from your practice gave an insight into a vet’s world. Thanks for a great experience."
This course offered much more information than I expected. This is a great course for pet owners, breeders and for anybody who is working with animals. All the questions on the discussion board were answered quickly and professionally. Thank you Dr. Jeff!"
The course definitely covered many topics. I liked how the instructor explained everything very clearly. Sometimes textbook explanations are very confusing. The pictures were great, to better explain certain topics. I really gained a lot from this course. Dr. Grognet is a very good instructor. I look forward to taking another course of his soon. I like his style of teaching."
This is the third class I have taken with Dr. Jeff and I have been extremely pleased with all three. I plan to go on to be a vet tech and I feel they have been a great asset in helping to prepare me for my career. He makes the material interesting and the lessons enjoyable. I would definitely recommend his classes to others."
Excellent course! The course material was very organized and contained so much good information! Dr. Jeff also made it fun to learn with picture matches, crossword puzzles, and short video clips. I took the course as a pet owner (rather than a vet assistant employee) and found the information invaluable. Dr. Jeff is an excellent instructor and I would definitely another one of his classes."
I strongly recommend this course to anyone seeking a career in this field! There is so much information that I have taken from this course that will help me better understand my position as an assistant!"
This course has been a very helpful tool for gaining knowledge and learning important and valuable information. For the pet owner who wants to know more about their little or big four legged family member, or someone who is pursuing a career in the veterinary field, this course has it covered. I feel much more confident about being a knowledgeable and responsible pet owner. I'm also on my way to realizing my goal of one day working as an assistant. Thank you!"
This was a fantastic course. I really enjoy the style of the instructor, Dr. Grognet. He has a great way of teaching, with a good balance of intensity and humor to lighten the depth of the topics. The content of the lessons was informative, well-paced, and the activities were fun to complete at the end of each chapter. My questions were answered almost immediately and thoroughly through the discussion group postings. I found the explanations to my questions helpful in my learnings as I continued to work through the course. Overall, I found this course and others I have taken with Dr. Grognet to be really interesting and helpful in my pursuit of a second career working with animals in a veterinary hospital setting. I recommend that others take these courses if they are interested, involved pet guardians or if they are pursuing a career in animal health. Thank you."
Jeff and his teaching assistant were wonderful, warm, personable, and responsive. Even though this course was online and provided no actual personal interaction, I always felt that they were there for me for support and when I had questions. I very much enjoyed this course. I love Jeff's assignments - the crossword puzzles and other interactive activities."
Dr. Grognet was clear, precise and whitty at the same time. It gave me an opportunity to learn in a way that was comfortable yet informative. I have learned so much from these classes that I am now confident about my working with animals! Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity!"
Course Code: psk
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
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.
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.
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.