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Veterinary Assistant Specialist Program


Veterinary Assistant TrainingProgram Duration: 6 Months
Course Contact Hours: 360
Student Tuition: $4,000.00

Our Veterinary Assistant training readies you for a satisfying career working as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, zoo, university or some other surrounding that requires a background in animal sciences.

 This program combines a two course training track:

Veterinary Medical Terminology

Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Overview

Online Veterinary Assistant programs can easily help you make a change in the lives of animals as well as individuals who love them. Our training course prepare you for a rewarding career working as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, zoo, university or other environment that requires a background in animal sciences.
This program offers a well-rounded, full approach to studying the skills needed in the field of veterinary assisting. The training program starts with fundamental skill-sets such as veterinary medical terminology and office procedures, and progresses to advanced skill-sets such as nursing care and radiology. There are sections addressing companion animals, large animals, and exotic animals. Clinical scenarios are provided in this program to help demonstrate application of the skills to real life practice.

NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

Prerequisite(s): None

At the conclusion of our online veterinary assistant programs you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the primary components of veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations.
  • Recognize the steps to carry out essential pet health care and maintenance.
  • Identify the steps to identify different breeds and species.
  • Comprehend systems of the animal body and their diseases.
  • Determine common behavior and ways to prevent behavior problems.

Veterinary Medical Terminology

Overview

Veterinary Medical Terminology provides a graphic approach to learning medical terms and comprehending the essentials of veterinary medicine. A methodical process of analyzing medical terms into their component parts helps readers to understand the root medical concepts and apply critical thinking skills when faced with unique and unknown medical terminology. Case studies exhibit how medical terminology would be experienced in an actual veterinary practice.

The software offered with this training program makes review of the concepts enjoyable through use of interactive games as well as audio pronunciation of the terms.

Prerequisite(s): None

At the completion of this training course you will have the ability to:

  • Comprehend the primary components of veterinary medical terminology.
  • Determine the steps to evaluate prefixes and suffixes.
  • Comprehend the function and structure of systems of the body.
  • Identify typical anatomical terminology for various animals.
  • Recall terms to describe procedures performed on various systems of the human body to treat injury and disease.

Certification

Upon successful completion of our Veterinary Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Veterinary Assistant and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Animal Care Worker (CACW).

NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

Veterinary Assistant

Outline

Veterinary Assistant Module 1
Practice Management and Client Relations

  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Abbreviations
  • Medical Records
  • Scheduling and Appointments
  • Computer and Keyboarding Skills
  • Veterinary Office Management
  • Communication and Client Relations
  • Veterinary Ethics and Legal Issues
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Veterinary Assistant Module 2
Dogs, Cats, Avian & Pocket Pets

  • Dog Breed Identification
  • Cat Breed Identification
  • Avian Breed Identification
  • Pocket Pet Identification
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Behavior & Basic Training
  • Basic Health Care & Maintenance
  • Common Diseases & Parasites
  • Restraint & Handling

Veterinary Assistant Module 3
Rabbits, Reptiles, Fish, Wildlife & Cattle

  • Rabbit Identification
  • Reptile & Amphibian Breed Identification
  • Ornamental Fish Identification
  • Wildlife Management & Rehabilitation
  • Zoo & Exotic Animals
  • Laboratory Animal & Research Animal Management
  • Beef & Dairy Cattle Breed Identification
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Behavior & Basic Training
  • Basic Health Care & Maintenance
  • Common Diseases & Parasites
  • Restraint & Handling

Veterinary Assistant Module 4
Equine, Swine, Sheep, Goats, & Poultry

  • Equine Breed Identification
  • Draft Animal Breed Identification
  • Swine Breed Identification
  • Sheep Breed Identification
  • Goat Breed Identification
  • Poultry Breed Identification
  • Aquaculture Identification
  • Veterinary Terminology
  • Behavior & Basic Training
  • Basic Health Care & Maintenance
  • Common Diseases & Parasites
  • Restraint & Handling

Veterinary Assistant Module 5
General Anatomy & Disease Processes, Part 1

  • The Structure of Living Things
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Digestive System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Respiratory System
  • The Endocrine System
  • The Renal System

Veterinary Assistant Module 6
General Anatomy & Disease Processes, Part 2

  • Reproductive System
  • The Immune System
  • The Nervous System
  • The Sensory System
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology as Disease Processes
  • Treating Disease

Veterinary Assistant Module 7
Animal Behavior & Veterinary Safety

  • Animal Behavior
  • Common Behavior Problems
  • Veterinary Restraint & Handling
  • Restraint Equipment
  • Veterinary Safety
  • OSHA Guidelines & Regulations
  • Veterinary Sanitation
  • Aseptic Techniques

Veterinary Assistant Module 8
Clinical Procedures

  • The Physical Examination
  • The Patient History
  • Examination Procedures
  • Hospital Procedures
  • Evaluating Emergency Situations
  • Grooming Procedures
  • Veterinary Assisting Procedures
  • Administering Injections
  • Socialization & Exercise of Patients

Veterinary Assistant Module 9
Laboratory, Radiology, Pharmacy, & Surgical

  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Veterinary Laboratory Equipment
  • Radiology Procedures
  • Radiation Safety
  • Pharmacy Procedures
  • Dispensing Medications
  • Surgical Assisting Procedures
  • Surgical Suite Maintenance
  • Postoperative Patient Care

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Veterinary Medical Terminology

Outline

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 1
Introduction to Medical Terminology

  • Anatomy of a Medical Term
  • Prefixes & Suffixes
  • Combining Vowels & Forms
  • Analyzing Medical Terms
  • General Pronunciation Guidelines
  • Positions & Planes
  • Grouping Things Together
  • Labeling a Diagram
  • The Skeletal System
  • Function & Structure of the Skeletal System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • Function & Structure of the Muscular System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Muscular System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 2
Common Anatomical Terms

  • Two Words, Same Meaning
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Equine
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Cattle
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Goats
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Sheep
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Swine
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Dogs & Cats
  • The Digestive System
  • Function & Structure of the Digestive System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • Function & Structure of the Urinary System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Urinary System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 3
Body Systems – Part 1

  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Function & Structure of the Cardiovascular System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Function & Structure of the Respiratory System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Respiratory System
  • The Integumentary System
  • Function & Structure of the Integumentary System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Integumentary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • Function & Structure of the Endocrine System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Endocrine System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 4
Body Systems – Part 2

  • The Reproductive System
  • Function & Structure of the Reproductive System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Reproductive System
  • The Estrous Cycle
  • Mating, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • The Nervous System
  • Function & Structure of the Nervous System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nervous System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Nervous System
  • Function & Structure of the Eye
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Eyes
  • Function & Structure of the Ear
  • Mechanism of Hearing
  • Mechanism of Equilibrium
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Ears

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 5
Systems & Diseases

  • The Hematologic System
  • Pathology of the Hematologic System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Lymphatic System
  • The Immune System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Immune System
  • Oncology
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Oncology
  • Basic Physical Examination
  • Laboratory Terminology
  • Pathogenic Organisms
  • Types of Diseases
  • Endoscopy
  • Imaging Techniques
  • Pharmacologic Terms
  • Surgical Terms

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 6
Dealing with Specific Animals

  • Anatomy, Breeding, & Vaccinations
  • Dogs & Cats
  • Descriptive Terms
  • Horses, Donkeys, Mules, and Ponies
  • Mode of Movement
  • Markings, Equipment, and Management Terms
  • Terms for Unsoundness in Horses
  • Ruminants: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Camelids
  • Pigs and Swine Management Terms
  • Equipment and Industry Terms
  • Birds, Poultry, and Pet Bird Terms
  • Rodents, Ferrets, and Rabbits
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Veterinary Medical Terminology
Materials Included:

  • An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology by Janet Amundson Romich

Veterinary Assistant
Materials Included:

  • Veterinary Assisting Fundamentals & Applications by Beth Vanhorn & Robert W. Clark

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is strongly recommended. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware

  • Virtually all Windows-Mac hardware configurations and processors are acceptable.
  • 1 GB RAM recommended
  • Software
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP or Vista and Mac OS X 10 and higher
  • Web Browsers
  • Mozilla Firefox 2 and 3 (previous versions will work also)
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8
  • Safari is not currently recommended as it cannot display certain Moodle editing menus for both students and instructors
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media-click on the links below to download the latest versions)
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple Quicktime
  • Windows Media Player
  • Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)