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Veterinary Assistant

Stratford's veterinary assistant distance learning course could help you turn your love of animals into a rewarding new career.

In general, a veterinarian assistant is essential in helping to compassionately care for a variety of animals in a professional setting such as an animal hospital, veterinary office, animal shelter, or kennel.

Stratford's in-depth program can teach you the procedures and skills necessary to bring health and comfort to animals and their owners.

Now, all of our veterinary assistant course materials are also available digitally in our online student center. With the extended flexibility to study however you need, taking a course is easier than ever!
Veterinary Assistant Module 1
Studies in Human Relations for Veterinary Assistants

• Human Relations Defined
• Foundations of Human Behavior
• The Process of Socialization
• Social Issues in the Workplace
• Attitudes for Human Relations Success
• Stress and Frustration
• Common Errors of Workplace Social Interaction

Veterinary Assistant Module 2
The Veterinary Assistant Career and Medical Terminology

• A Career as an Animal Caretaker Specialist
• Your Role on the Veterinary Team
• The History of Veterinary Medicine
• Understanding Veterinary Terminology
• Body Structure and Organization
• Essential Life Support: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
• Processing Nutrients and Waste: The Digestive and Urinary Systems
• Structure, Movement, and Support: The Musculoskeletal System and Skin
• Perception and Coordination: The Nervous and Sensory Systems
• Survival of the Species: The Reproductive System
• Terms Used in Pharmacology

Veterinary Assistant Module 3
Animal Anatomy and Physiology

• Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• The Skin and Accessory Structures
• The Musculoskeletal System
• The Cardiovascular System and the Blood
• The Lymphatic, Respiratory and Digestive Systems
• The Urinary and Reproductive Systems
• The Nervous and Sensory Systems
• The Endocrine System

Veterinary Assistant Module 4
Animal Communication, Behavior, and Restraint

• Introduction to Domestic Animal Behavior, Communication, and Restraint
• The Handling and Restraint of Domestic Animals
• Neighs, Purrs, Barks, and Bleats: How Animals Communicate
• Signs of Aggression
• Handling and Restraint Techniques of Dogs, Cats, Horses, Cattle, Swine, Sheep, and Goats

Veterinary Assistant Module 5
Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Small Animal Practice

• Communication and Client Relations
• Office Procedures
• Medical Recordkeeping
• Routine Animal Care
• Common Diseases and Conditions of Cats and Dogs
• Small Animal Nursing
• Surgical Preparation and Assisting
• Pharmacy and Pharmacology
• Laboratory Procedures and Recordkeeping
• Radiology and Ultrasound Imaging
• Equipment and Facility Maintenance and Safety

Veterinary Assistant Module 6
Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Large Animal Practice

• Large Animal Practice of Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Swine
• Large Animal Clinical Examinations
• Emergency and Critical Care

Veterinary Assistant Module 7
Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Exotic Pets and Wild Animals

• What Are Exotic Pets?
• Overview of Reptiles and Amphibians
• Snakes, Ferrets, Rabbits, and Guinea Pigs
• General Guidelines for the Capture and Handling of Wild Animals
• Wildlife Care
• Small Wild Mammals
• Large Rodents
• Wild Canines, Wild Cats
• Bears
• Hoofed Animals

This program is specifically designed to serve as an introduction or enhancement of the theoretical knowledge required for the vocational application of this subject. It is intended to help individuals in the furtherance of their vocational training and is not intended as a substitute for licensing or certification requirements, which may include an apprenticeship or additional training, as required by law.Most veterinary technician jobs require individuals to have an associate's degree. Stratford's veterinary assistant course is a career training course and is not meant to replace veterinary technician jobs certification/training requirements.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the material is presented may vary.

Veterinary Assistant Program Online

It has made me feel very proud and confident, especially with having two small children. Now I can work toward a better paying job and make my life and my family’s life better.

N.D. - British Columbia

The material from Stratford was extremely informative and helpful. I had the freedom to study at my own pace and get assistance when needed.

C.B. - Ontario