This Veterinary Assistant program prepares students for a career in the field of veterinary medicine. Upon completion, students enhance their qualifications for veterinary assistant positions with employers who service animals such as a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, farm, animal shelter, kennel, or animal daycare. Students will learn about the care of animals as well as how to recognize signs of illness and disease. This program also covers interpersonal communication, interaction with clients and their animals, as well as how to assist the veterinarian during examinations. Administrative duties, such as fee collection, banking, and accounts payable are also emphasized to provide the student with the skills necessary to maintaining an efficient front office. Students will enjoy learning through didactic as well as hands on lab experiences.
This veterinary assisting course is a vital asset to the student who wishes to work in this exciting and rewarding career field. This program meets the necessary requirements to take the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Veterinary Assistant (VET) Exam. Exams will be proctored at the completion of the program.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Explain how to dissect a medical term in terms of prefix, word root, combining forms, and suffixes
- Define general medical terms and abbreviations used veterinary medicine
- Define veterinary medical terms and abbreviations that apply to each body system including those for anatomy, physiology, diagnostic procedures, and pathological conditions
- Define terms that describe body parts and anatomy specific to various species of animals
- Define common terms that denote sex, age, birthing, grouping, and descriptions of animals
- Define veterinary medical terms and abbreviations associated with examination, pharmacology, pathology, surgery, dissection, and laboratory procedures
- Define specific veterinary terms and abbreviations used to describe canines, felines, equine, ruminants, swine, birds, and other species
- Explain the foundations of veterinary practice in terms of ethical, legal, safety, practice management, and professional communication
- Explain the concepts associated with veterinary diagnostics
- Explain the concepts associated with veterinary therapeutics
- Explain the concepts for animal nursing care and husbandry for different species
Individuals who aspire to work as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary clinic, animal hospital, farm, animal shelter, kennel, animal daycare, or any other environment servicing animals.
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