Graduates of this course will have the theoretical instruction and practical skills that prepare them to work successfully with animals in a veterinary care environment.
Students explore the veterinary assistant’s role in veterinary offices and other animal care settings and are introduced to the proper handling and restraint of animals, emergency procedures, physical examinations, bandaging and wound care and animal grooming. These topics form a foundation for future studies and provide students with skills that they can apply immediately.
Students begin this instruction as they form a foundation of medical and animal terminology using a unique word-building system. Students discover sanitation procedures in animal healthcare facilities, as well as anatomical terminology and concepts with in-depth coverage of the circulatory and digestive systems in animals.
Students’ instruction in animal anatomy continues with in-depth lessons on the genitourinary, endocrine and nervous systems. Then, students explore how all the body systems function together in animals. Basic facts about chemistry and measurements are presented in an easy-to-understand format. Students also study the scope of their role in handling medications and administering vaccines to animals.
In this instruction pack, students learn about exotic animals and disease-causing organisms, such as bacteria and viruses, as well as other common diseases that afflict animals. Studies continue with instruction about the laws and regulations governing the care of animals. Then, students gain an overview of surgical procedures and x-ray techniques used in animal care. Finally, students learn the procedures for preparing an animal for surgery, how to assist in the surgery itself and how to supervise the recovery of animals after surgery.
Students round out their skills as they learn about anesthesia techniques, as well as how to administer medicine to animals, handle parasitic infestations and perform many laboratory examinations. Students study quarantine and control, dental care in animals, animal feeding and diets, poisonous animals and plants and large-animal care to complete their course of instruction.