Veterinary Assistant Series

Veterinary Assistant Series

Taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, courses in the Veterinary Assistant Series will give you the information you need to prepare for work as a veterinary assistant, including the specific duties you are likely to face every day. Gain practical skills, learn veterinary terminology, and prepare to apply for jobs as a veterinary assistant with total confidence!

96 Course Hrs
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96 Course Hrs
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If you love animals and have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant, the Veterinary Assistant Series may be perfect for you. Taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, courses in the series will give you all the information you need to prepare for work as a veterinary assistant including the specific veterinary duties you are likely to face every day.

Learn the ins and outs of common procedures as you gain a better understanding of the reasoning behind decisions and recommendations made by veterinarians as well as the essentials facts of sound dog breeding so that you can knowledgeably converse with clients. You'll also learn the practical skills you need to be a valuable veterinary assistant or educated pet owner through videos that demonstrate many procedures and techniques, as well as state-of-the-art interactive graphics. Upon completion of the courses in this series, you'll be able to apply for a job as a veterinary assistant with complete confidence.

Series bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Series bundles.


  1. Become a Veterinary Assistant
    1. History of Veterinary Practice and Dog and Cat Reproduction
    2. Vaccinology for Dogs and Cats
    3. Parasites Infesting Pets and People
    4. How to Pick the Best Food for Your Pet; Prescription Diets
    5. Euthanasia: The Procedure, How to Help Clients, and Assisting Children With Pet Loss
    6. Workplace Safety and Veterinary Hospital Economics
    7. Pet First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
    8. External Parasites of Pets, Including the Flea
    9. Confidentiality and Grievances, Client Communications, and Client Education
    10. Medical Records and Prescriptions
    11. Alternative Therapies in Veterinary Medicine
    12. Behavior Counseling for Puppies and Kittens and Putting It All Together in a Health Plan
  2. Become a Veterinary Assistant II: Canine Reproduction
    1. Prebreeding Assessment and Management
    2. Female Reproductive Anatomy and Disorders
    3. Male Reproductive Anatomy and Disorders
    4. The Reproductive Cycle and When to Breed
    5. Natural Breeding and Artificial Insemination
    6. Reasons for Female Infertility: Uterine and Ovarian Disorders
    7. Reasons for Female Infertility: Effects of Abnormal Estrous Cycles
    8. Reasons for Male Infertility
    9. Pregnancy Diagnosis and Care of the Pregnant Bitch
    10. Whelping: Normal and Assisted (Including Cesarean)
    11. Postpartum Disease
    12. Neonatal Care: Birth to Six Months
  3. Become a Veterinary Assistant III: Practical Skills
    1. Basic Dog Restraints
    2. Basic Restraint Techniques
    3. Exams, Pilling, and Nails
    4. Blood Collection
    5. Blood Tests
    6. Urine Tests
    7. Surgeries
    8. Hygiene 101
    9. Gender, Age, and Dosage Calculations
    10. Exam Room Skills (TPR)
    11. Radiology and Medical Terminology
    12. Injections, Vaccines, and Worms
  4. Veterinary Medical Terminology
    1. Ready, Set, Go
    2. Where, Why, and What?
    3. Musculoskeletal System
    4. Head to Toe and What's in a Name?
    5. Digestive System
    6. Urinary and Cardiovascular Systems
    7. Respiratory System
    8. Integumentary and Endocrine Systems
    9. Reproductive Systems
    10. Nervous System and Seeing and Hearing
    11. Hematologic, Lymphatic, Immunologic, and Oncological Terminology
    12. Physical Exams, Drugs, and Dissection



There are no prerequisites to take this course besides an interest in responsible breeding practices that promote the health of breeding dogs and their puppies.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


Tracy Heyland, RVT

Tracy Heyland is a Registered Veterinary Technologist (RVT), earning the Academic and Practical Proficiency Award upon graduating. She brings 25+ years of experience in small animal medicine to her teaching, earned the Provincial Instructor Diploma, certified as a Professional Co-Active Coach, and is Fear Free Certified. Tracy has worked in general practice, emergency medicine, veterinary sales, operations management, and teaching positions and runs her own coaching and training company for veterinary teams, leaders, and managers.

Giving back to the veterinary profession is a passion of Tracy's where she volunteers for a veterinary technologist program advisory committee, remotely located spay and neuter projects, and a veterinary technologist association continuing education committee.

Dr. Janet Romich

Dr. Janet Romich received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Romich received the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association's Veterinarian of the Year Award for her work in teaching and mentoring veterinary technician students. She has authored the textbooks An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology, Fundamentals of Pharmacology for Veterinary Technicians and Understanding Zoonotic Diseases; she also co-authored Veterinary Technician Dictionary. She continues to work as a relief veterinarian in both small and laboratory animal settings.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Instructor-Moderated Course Code: B14125