In the first term of your Veterinary Hospital Assistant training, you will gain a foundational understanding of animal anatomy and physiology, which you will continue to build on throughout the program. You will explore both domestic animals (Dog and Cat Breed Identification) and livestock animals common to farms and ranches (Livestock and Exotics). You will also gain the fundamentals of working in a veterinary environment, including topics of reception, billing, software, client communications, and medical terminology in Veterinary Office Procedures and Client Communications.
Continuing your understanding of Anatomy and Physiology, you will learn the anatomy and function of the nervous, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems in animals. In Fundamentals of Dental Procedures, you will build an understanding of veterinary dentistry and surgical procedures, including the basic principles and procedures of small animal dentistry and veterinary surgery. You will study Parasitology, Immunology and Vaccinations, andSmall Animal Nutrition, and become certified in Pet First Aid where you will learn about 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.
In your final term of Veterinary Hospital Assistant, you will gain an advanced practice in and understanding of veterinary hospital practices (Clinical Procedures, Pet Insurance), and spend an entire course practicing real life scenarios to cement your skills (Practical Experience and Role Play Simulations). You will receive in depth training in Diagnostic Imaging, Veterinary Toxicology, and Veterinary Pharmacology. Veterinary Hospital Assistant Employability Skills will allow you to examine local industry needs with guest speakers, case studies, projects, and potentially emerging advanced topics, to prepare you for a career as a Veterinary Hospital Assistant.