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Veterinary Assistant


Veterinary Assistant

In this course, you will discuss and become proficient in the skills, terminology, and procedures necessary to assist in a veterinary office.



Access Length

12 months




Course Overview

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Laurie Gilbreath holds a Master of Arts in Education and has 15 years’ experience in K-12, higher education, and continuing education. She has also worked for 10 years as a professional development facilitator and designer and an educational trainer. She has developed courses, training manuals, and educational ebooks in topics ranging from healthcare to business to administration and quality management. In addition to her educational experience, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor for 10 years. Her publications include scholarly articles, training and educational materials, web content, and fiction.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Foundational Skills

In this lesson we will discuss the foundational skills necessary for the veterinary assistant, review terminology, and use self-assessment tools to determine needs.

Lesson 2: Professionalism and Office Etiquette

In this lesson we will discuss aspects of professionalism including expectations, communication and courtesy, the animal-human bond. the role of the veterinary assistant, and ethics.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Animal Classification and Identification

In this lesson we will become familiar with animal classification and identification, breeds, and groups.

Lesson 4: Disease Transmission and Prevention

In this lesson we will discuss types of disease transmission, methods of prevention, sanitization and disinfecting, patient safety, cleaning techniques, and waste handling.

Lesson 5: Animal Restraint and Handling

In this lesson we will become familiar with various methods of animal restraint, handling, and caging

Lesson 6: Nursing Skills I

In this lesson we will discuss and become familiar with discharge and hospitalization procedures, meeting basic needs, medical records, and treatment.

Lesson 7: Nursing Skills II

In this lesson we will discuss grooming, clipping, vaccines, dental care, and administering medication.

Chapter 8: Nursing Skills 3

In this lesson we will discuss vital signs, pain evaluation, gender identification, IV duties, wound care, emergency support, and euthanasia. 

Lesson 9: Pharmacy Skills

In this lesson we will discuss and learn how to read a prescription, we will become familiar with labeling and packaging, we will learn how to fill a prescription, we will discuss controlled substance guidelines, and we will learn how to explain medication to pet owners.

Lesson 10: Laboratory Skills

In this lesson we will discuss laboratory skills and procedures such as imaging, sample collection and analysis, and laboratory equipment.

Lesson 11: Surgery

In this lesson we will discuss presurgery and postoperative skills, procedures, and duties.

Lesson 12: Office Procedures

In this lesson we will discuss filing, medical records, scheduling, and information management.

Lesson 13: Veterinary Practice Routines

In this lesson we will discuss wellness programs, practice protocols, inventory, in-house communication, and correspondence.

All necessary materials are included.

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