Courses – Veterinary Hospital Assistant

AP 1  Anatomy & Physiology 1

BI   Dog & Cat Breed Identification

BT   Business Technology

LE   Livestock & Exotics

MT   Medical Terminology

OPCC   Office Procedures & Client Communications

PD 1   Professional Development 1

 

AP 2   Anatomy & Physiology 2

VHA ES1   VHA Employability Skills 1

IV   Immunology & Vaccinations

PAR   Parasitology

PFAW   Pet First Aid Workshop

SAN   Small Animal Nutrition

SGP   Fundamentals of Surgical Procedures

PD 2   Professional Development 2

 

AP 3  Anatomy & Physiology 3

CP   Clinical Procedures

DI   Diagnostic Imaging

DNP   Fundamentals of Dental Procedures

PE   Practical Experience & Role Play Simulations

PHA   Fundamentals of Pharmacology

TOX   Fundamentals of Toxicology

FEX   Final Exam

PD 3  Professional Development 3

Anatomy and Physiology 1 (AP 1)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Focus is placed on understanding the structures of the cell, body tissues, organs and systems and how they work together to form the animal body. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Anatomy and Physiology 2 (AP 2)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Students will learn anatomy and function of the nervous, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about the medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Anatomy and Physiology 3 (AP 3)

This course provides students with a foundation in animal anatomy and physiology. Focus is placed on understanding the anatomy and function of the cardiovascular, endocrine/lymphatic and reproductive systems. Students examine each of the body systems, focusing on structure and function as well as learn about medical conditions associated with the different body systems. Students continue to build on their newly developed veterinary medical terminology vocabulary.

Business Technology 1 (BT 1)

In  order  to  survive  and  prosper,  businesses  must  take  advantage  of  the  most appropriate  technology  available.  Students  receive  an  introduction  to  various business  technologies  including  Microsoft  Office;  word  processing,  presentation software, and spreadsheets.

Clinical Procedures (CP)

This course provides students with an understanding of various commonly performed clinical diagnostic procedures and laboratory techniques.  Focus is placed on building an exam room and laboratory vocabulary, understanding the equipment used in various procedures and techniques performed in assessing various aspects of an animal’s health. Students gain experience executing the procedures and techniques for laboratory testing, restraint for injections and exam, vital signs, administrating oral and ophthalmic medications, trim toe nails, examining and cleaning ears, bandaging, first aid and emergency kit supplies and applications.

Diagnostic Imaging (DI)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of various veterinary diagnostic imaging including x-rays, CT Scans, MRIs, Ultrasound and endoscopy. Students will learn the different restraint and positioning techniques for common imaging procedures.

Dog and Cat Breed Identification (BI)

In this course students will be familiarized with the various popular dog and cat breeds. Students will learn how the Canadian & American Kennel Clubs and Cat Fanciers’ Association classify dog and cat breeds. Students will explore common canine and feline behaviors and medical conditions associated with the specific breeds.

VHA Employability Skills 100 (VHA ES 100)

Each term faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs such as industry overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses, or special or advanced skills.

Fundamentals of Dental Procedures (DNP)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of veterinary dentistry. Students learn the importance of dental health and the basic principles and procedures of small animal dentistry. Students gain the ability to identify and describe the signs and symptoms of dental disease, learning how to educate clients on the importance of proper dental care and health.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Pharmacology (PHA)

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of veterinary pharmacology. Students learn common terms and definitions associated with pharmacology. Students are introduced to various commonly prescribed veterinary pharmaceuticals and examine their use(s) in the veterinary hospital.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Surgical Procedures (SGP)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of veterinary surgery. Students learn about the commonly performed surgeries. They learn the most commonly used surgical instruments and the proper cleaning and pack preparation for surgery. They are introduced to the sterilization process of instruments as well as surgical preparation of the patient.

Fundamentals of Veterinary Toxicology (TOX)

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of veterinary toxicology. Students learn common terms and definitions associated with toxicology. Students will earn about common household toxins and poisons and how they can be treated and prevented. Students will also be able to identify signs and symptoms of poisoning.

Livestock and Exotics (LE)

In this course, students will learn to identify various livestock animals common to farms and ranches as well as disease and medical conditions associated with specific species of livestock. They will learn the terminology used in regards to livestock anatomy, housing, birthing, and gaits. They will also learn to identify various rodents, rabbits, and birds that are common as domestic pets as well as disease and medical conditions associated with the different species.

Immunology and Vaccinations (IV)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of infectious diseases and vaccinations in small animals. Students begin building comprehension of diseases, including modes of transmission, signs & symptoms, common treatments and preventive methods. Students will be able to identify both dog and cat vaccinations as well as the vaccine protocols.

Parasitology (PAR)

This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of common internal and external parasites found in small animals. Students become familiar with the various parasites common to dogs and cats, including modes of transmission, signs & symptoms, microscopic identification, common treatments, prevention methods and zoonotic diseases transmitted by parasites.  Students are taught to identify common clinical symptoms. This course also provides students with an understanding of popular parasite products sold through the veterinary hospital. Students learn the difference between competing parasite products, developing the ability to counsel clients on the appropriate product(s) for their pets.

Pet First Aid Workshop (PFAW)

This workshop will certify the students in pet first aid. This will involve learning about or dealing with basic prevention of animal or human injury, CPR techniques, airway obstruction, poisoning, diseases and handling emergency situations in a clinical or domestic setting. Students will receive a certification upon successful completion and receive a first aid manual.

Practical Experience and Role Play Simulations (PE)

This course will provide students the practical, hands on experience they need so that they may demonstrate their competency and knowledge retention in a wide range of areas. These areas would consist of, amongst others, front office procedures, restraint techniques, first aid, injections, surgical or dental procedures.

Professional Development Program

PD is a specially developed course to help our students navigate college and prepare them for today’s highly competitive job market.  It recognizes that employers today are looking for employees who not only have the technical skills but also an understanding of themselves and the ability to interact successfully with others. With CAT programs being accelerated we want to ensure each individual is prepared to enter the job market and to thrive in their place of employment. PD is meant to be practical to each student and what is learned can be directly applied to the real world. PD helps students to foster positive, healthy relationships – both personal and professional.  PD encourages students to make connections – in their school, and in their industry.  PD gives students the most up-to-date skills to find and secure a job and gives them the knowledge and tools to advance in their career.

 

Professional Development 1 (PD 1) – Success in College

PD 1 is the foundational class in the Professional Development series. It is designed to assist students to develop self-awareness by critically examining different aspects of their personalities. They will also be prompted to question their beliefs and behaviours in order to develop a clear sense of the influence they have on their own lives. Students will develop a vision for their future based on the insights they gain from the exercises in this class.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2) – Success in Teams

PD 2 builds on the topic of self-awareness to focus on effective interpersonal skills. Students will examine their styles of communicating and they will be given an opportunity to build communication skills in a variety of class exercises. Students will also explore methods for dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, as well as giving and receiving feedback.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3) – Success in Networking

Students will learn about: information Interviews, social media such as LinkedIn, email and internet etiquette, mentorships, networking events, and fostering professional relationships.

 

Small Animal Nutrition (SAN)

This course provides students with a fundamental knowledge of canine and feline nutrition. Focus is placed on the nutritional and dietary requirements of dogs and cats and understanding and evaluating pet food labels. Students learn how to advise clients on feeding pets for various life stages and body conditions. Students begin to form a framework for assessing the quality of a diet and understanding the benefits of feeding a high quality food. Alternative pet diets are examined and discussed. The importance of educating clients on good pet nutrition is stressed.

Veterinary Medical Terminology (MT)

This course provides students with a foundation in veterinary medical terminology.

Veterinary Office Procedures & Client Communications (OPCC)

This course provides students with the fundamentals of reception tasks performed in the veterinary hospital. It will also cover the subjects of euthanasia, difficult clients and billing clients. The course will prepare students for the wide range of duties performed in the front reception area of a standard veterinary hospital. Students learn how to break down medical terms into their constituent parts and how  to extract word meaning. This course also provides students with the fundamentals of veterinary software.

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