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Frequently Asked Questions

Course Objectives

Prerequisites and Requirements

Curriculum

Instructors

Registration and Enrollment

Online Veterinary Assistant Training

A Veterinarian and a Veterinary Assistant examining a dog.

Become a Veterinary Assistant

Are you an animal lover with a desire to make a meaningful impact in the world of veterinary care? Our online Veterinary Assistant course is your gateway to turning that passion into a rewarding career.

This comprehensive course covers every aspect of veterinary assisting, from anatomy and physiology to emergency care, small and large animal assistance, exotic species, veterinary dentistry, human-animal bond, pharmacy procedures, and more.

Our curriculum equips you with technical expertise and emphasizes the importance of professional-client interaction and education, ensuring you become a well-rounded and effective professional.

The veterinary assistant training course concludes with a tailored lesson on entering the job market, where you will learn to craft an effective resume, enhance your expertise, and develop strong interview skills. Enroll today and step into a world where your passion transforms into expertise!

Job Outlook for Veterinary Assistant

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), veterinary assistants earn a median salary of around $34,740 (as of May 2022), with the highest 10% earning over $44,920.

Jobs for veterinary assistants are likely to grow by 20% through 2032, which is much faster than the average rate for all other positions (3%).

Veterinary Assistant FAQs

WHAT ARE THE DUTIES OF A VETERINARY ASSISTANT?

Veterinary assistants play a crucial role in supporting veterinarians and ensuring the smooth operation of veterinary clinics. Their responsibilities include restraining animals during exams and procedures, assisting with laboratory tests, maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the clinic, administering medications under supervision, and offering comfort and care to both animals and their owners. They are the backbone of the veterinary team, contributing to the overall welfare of animals and the efficiency of the clinic.

WHAT SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AS A VETERINARY ASSISTANT?

To excel as a veterinary assistant, a combination of technical skills and interpersonal qualities is crucial. Technical skills include a solid understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, proficiency in laboratory procedures, and the ability to assist with medical treatments. Additionally, strong communication skills are essential for effectively interacting with both clients and the veterinary team. Compassion, patience, and a genuine love for animals are qualities that make a veterinary assistant truly stand out. Adaptability and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment are also valuable traits that ensure success in this dynamic field.

Course Objectives

  • Summarize the roles, responsibilities, and applicable laws and ethics as they pertain to the veterinary healthcare team
  • Discuss the fundamentals of animal anatomy and physiology, restraint techniques, and basic examination tasks relevant to veterinary assisting, using proper terminology
  • Explain how to perform veterinary assistant pharmacy tasks within the law’s scope and discuss vaccinations, infectious diseases, transmission, and prevention.
  • Describe how to respond appropriately to veterinary medical emergencies, surgeries, and various laboratory procedures
  • Understand how to perform the veterinary assistant’s responsibilities related to veterinary dentistry

Prerequisites and Requirements

No prior requirements are necessary for enrollment. While a high school diploma or its equivalent is advised, it is not obligatory.

Curriculum

  1. GETTING STARTED
  2. WELCOME TO THE VETERINARY HOSPITAL
  3. GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
  4. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 1: DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
  5. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 2: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, ENDOCRINE SYSTEM, AND MUSCLES AND JOINTS
  6. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 3: THE CIRCULATORY AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS
  7. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 4: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, UROGENITAL SYSTEM, LIVER, AND SPLEEN
  8. FRONT OFFICE DUTIES: RECORDS, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND CLIENT RELATIONS
  9. MORE FRONT OFFICE TIPS, AND DETERMINING AGE AND GENDER OF KITTENS AND PUPPIES
  10. CANINE RESTRAINT
  11. FELINE AND EXOTIC RESTRAINT
  12. THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: PROCEDURES, RESTRAINT, AND VITAL SIGNS
  13. EVERYDAY PROCEDURES FOR THE VETERINARY ASSISTANT
  14. WORKPLACE HAZARDS AND INFECTION CONTROL
  15. THE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE AND STERILIZATION PROCEDURES
  16. VACCINOLOGY
  17. NUTRITION BASICS AND PRESCRIPTION FOODS
  1. PRESCRIPTIONS: PREPARING AND CALCULATING DOSES
  2. PRESCRIPTIONS: TYPES OF MEDICATIONS AND WHAT THEY DO
  3. GIVING MEDICATIONS
  4. THE EUTHANASIA PROCESS
  5. TAKING BLOOD SAMPLES
  6. INTERPRETING BLOOD TESTS AND HANDLING BLOOD
  7. URINE COLLECTION, HANDLING, AND INTERPRETATION
  8. TESTS: SEROLOGY, SCRAPINGS, SMEARS, FLOTATIONS, AND NECROPSIES
  9. RADIOGRAPHS AND PERSONAL SAFETY
  10. RADIOGRAPHIC POSITIONING
  11. PAIN RECOGNITION AND EMERGENCY CARE
  12. DENTISTRY: CHARTING, TOOTH DISEASE, AND DENTAL CARE
  13. EXTERNAL PARASITES: FLEAS, TICKS, MITES, AND MORE
  14. PARASITES OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT AND HEART
  15. POISONINGS IN PETS
  16. SURGERY 1: PREPARING THE PATIENT
  17. SURGERY 2: YOUR ROLE DURING AND AFTER
  18. UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
  19. THE JOB SEARCH AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES
  1. GETTING STARTED
  2. WELCOME TO THE VETERINARY HOSPITAL
  3. GETTING READY FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
  4. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 1: DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND THE SKELETAL SYSTEM
  5. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 2: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, ENDOCRINE SYSTEM, AND MUSCLES AND JOINTS
  6. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 3: THE CIRCULATORY AND RESPIRATORY SYSTEMS
  7. PHYSIOLOGY AND ANATOMY 4: THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, UROGENITAL SYSTEM, LIVER, AND SPLEEN
  8. FRONT OFFICE DUTIES: RECORDS, CONFIDENTIALITY, AND CLIENT RELATIONS
  9. MORE FRONT OFFICE TIPS, AND DETERMINING AGE AND GENDER OF KITTENS AND PUPPIES
  10. CANINE RESTRAINT
  11. FELINE AND EXOTIC RESTRAINT
  12. THE PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: PROCEDURES, RESTRAINT, AND VITAL SIGNS
  13. EVERYDAY PROCEDURES FOR THE VETERINARY ASSISTANT
  14. WORKPLACE HAZARDS AND INFECTION CONTROL
  15. THE REPRODUCTIVE CYCLE AND STERILIZATION PROCEDURES
  16. VACCINOLOGY
  17. NUTRITION BASICS AND PRESCRIPTION FOODS
  18. PRESCRIPTIONS: PREPARING AND CALCULATING DOSES
  19. PRESCRIPTIONS: TYPES OF MEDICATIONS AND WHAT THEY DO
  20. GIVING MEDICATIONS
  21. THE EUTHANASIA PROCESS
  22. TAKING BLOOD SAMPLES
  23. INTERPRETING BLOOD TESTS AND HANDLING BLOOD
  24. URINE COLLECTION, HANDLING, AND INTERPRETATION
  25. TESTS: SEROLOGY, SCRAPINGS, SMEARS, FLOTATIONS, AND NECROPSIES
  26. RADIOGRAPHS AND PERSONAL SAFETY
  27. RADIOGRAPHIC POSITIONING
  28. PAIN RECOGNITION AND EMERGENCY CARE
  29. DENTISTRY: CHARTING, TOOTH DISEASE, AND DENTAL CARE
  30. EXTERNAL PARASITES: FLEAS, TICKS, MITES, AND MORE
  31. PARASITES OF THE GASTROINTESTINAL TRACT AND HEART
  32. POISONINGS IN PETS
  33. SURGERY 1: PREPARING THE PATIENT
  34. SURGERY 2: YOUR ROLE DURING AND AFTER
  35. UNDERSTANDING ANIMAL BEHAVIOR
  36. THE JOB SEARCH AND FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES

Instructors

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, is 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.

Registration and Enrollment

This course is open enrollment. You can enroll and begin anytime.