About

About the course

Many people aspire to work with animals, but it can be difficult to distinguish the reality from the fluffy image. This course gives a firm grounding in reality, with essential skills such as animal handling and restraint, pet psychology and recognizing pain, and working as part of a veterinary team - as well as an understanding of technical terms, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

The Veterinary Support Assistant

The Veterinary Support Assistant (VSA) is a highly capable member of the veterinary team, trained informally within the practice. A VSA is responsible for many crucial jobs within the clinic, such as ensuring good hygiene and sterility, handling animals, and interfacing with clients. Many VSAs use the opportunity to gain valuable experience and go on to qualify as Vet Technicians.

This course is of benefit to anyone with an interest in animal health, working with animals, or wondering if a career in the veterinary environment is right for them. It includes an overview of how veterinary practice works, health and safety, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling techniques, first aid, and coping with emergency situations as well as emotional issues such as euthanasia.

Learn Core Skills Such As:

Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

  • Veterinary terminology
  • Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics
  • Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain
  • Handling the fractious animal safely
  • How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures
  • The importance of disinfection and disease control
  • Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping
  • Basic animal anatomy and physiology
  • Health and Safety regulations
  • Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

The Role of VSA within Veterinary Practice:

When you are in an unfamiliar environment, a veterinary practice can seem a busy, confusing, and intimidating place. The course equips you with information to help you find your feet quickly and make the most of the experience.
  • The structure of veterinary practice
  • Different roles within the veterinary team
  • Confidentiality and professionalism
  • How to learn on the job
  • People skills such as dealing with anxious clients and booking appointments
  • Understanding common procedures
  • Be familiar with commonly used equipment

The Emotional Side

Pets are family members, and when faced with a hard decision in the best interests of their pet’s welfare, many owners become very emotional. The course helps you understand how to deal with this distress, what to expect when a pet is euthanized, and the practicalities involved afterwards.

Handling Emergencies

There may be occasions when you are faced with a pet in urgent need for emergency treatment. The course teaches you how to act whilst waiting for help to arrive
  • Assessing the patient
  • The principles of resuscitation
  • Emergency stabilisation of haemorrhage, breathing difficulties, fractures etc.
  • First aid
  • Your role during an emergency
Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career. Whether you aspire to work in veterinary practice or at a shelter, or wish to investigate the commitment involved, this course gives a sound grounding in the core skills involved.

What you will learn

Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

  • Veterinary terminology
  • Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics
  • Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain
  • Handling the fractious animal safely
  • How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures
  • The importance of disinfection and disease control
  • Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping
  • Basic animal anatomy and physiology
  • Health and Safety regulations
  • Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

Requirements

International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

Lessons

Course Breakdown

Module 1: Veterinary Practice And The Veterinary Support Assistant
  • The aims of this course
  • What is a Veterinary Support Assistant?
  • The structure of veterinary practice
  • Roles within the clinic team
  • Confidentiality and professionalism
Module 2: Developing Your Skill Set
  • The Practice Manual
  • Know your breeds
  • Listen and Learn
  • Understanding consent forms
  • Phone skills
  • Reception
  • Dealing with Anxious Clients
  • Using your Initiative
  • Personal appearance and manner
Module 3: Veterinary Terminology
  • Commonly used terms
  • Common procedures
  • Abbreviations
  • Equipment within the practice
Module 4: Basic Animal Handling
  • The principles of handling animals
  • Handling dogs
  • Handling cats
  • Handling small mammals
  • Handling exotics
Module 5: Animal Psychology
  • How animals react to stress
  • Reading body language
  • Minimizing stress
  • Recognizing pain in animals
Module 6: Advanced Animal Handling
  • Tools for handling the fractious animal
  • Restraining the fractious animal
  • Holding an animal for a medical examination
  • Holding an animal for a minor procedure
  • Holding an animal for a blood draw
Module 7: Around The Veterinary Practice
  • Theater protocol
  • Consultation protocol
  • Pre-operative preparations
  • Sterilizing instruments
  • Disinfection and disease control
Module 8: Care Of In Patients
  • Monitoring animals and updating charts
  • TLC –Providing the optimum environment
  • Special measures (hand feeding and critical care)
  • Taking vital signs
Module 9: Feeding Animals
  • Feeding the well animal
  • Food and surgery
  • Life stage nutrition
  • Prescription diets
  • Feeding the sick animal
Module 10: Basic Anatomy
  • Anatomical terms
  • How animals differ from people Module 11: Basic physiology
Module 11: Basic Physiology
  • Physiological terms
  • Normal reference ranges
Module 12: Euthanasia
  • Making a difficult decision
  • End of life choices
  • Euthanasia etiquette
  • How euthanasia is performed
  • Burial or cremation
Module 13: Emergencies
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • Your role during an emergency
  • Basic principles of resuscitation
Module 14: First Aid
  • Basic first aid
  • Bleeding
  • Shock
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fractures
Module 15: Health & Safety, And Regulations
  • Risks within the veterinary environment
  • The importance of hygiene
  • Ionizing radiation regulations
  • Prescribing regulations
  • Disposal of clinical waste

Career

Who is this course for

Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic would benefit from this course. Those who are considering a career as a Veterinary Technician would be able to get a glimpse into the challenging and rewarding work in the Veterinary and Animal care industries.

Career path

Upon completion of this course, there are many ways your career could develop. You could pursue a degree as a Vet Tech, work in a rescue and adoption center, work with foster animals, work in animal training or in a kennel. Being able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge in the care of animals will help you stand out to your employer.

Certification

Certification details

To receive certification, you must:

  1. Complete every page of the course
  2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
  3. That's it!

After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation

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    About

    About the course

    Many people aspire to work with animals, but it can be difficult to distinguish the reality from the fluffy image. This course gives a firm grounding in reality, with essential skills such as animal handling and restraint, pet psychology and recognizing pain, and working as part of a veterinary team - as well as an understanding of technical terms, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

    The Veterinary Support Assistant

    The Veterinary Support Assistant (VSA) is a highly capable member of the veterinary team, trained informally within the practice. A VSA is responsible for many crucial jobs within the clinic, such as ensuring good hygiene and sterility, handling animals, and interfacing with clients. Many VSAs use the opportunity to gain valuable experience and go on to qualify as Vet Technicians.

    This course is of benefit to anyone with an interest in animal health, working with animals, or wondering if a career in the veterinary environment is right for them. It includes an overview of how veterinary practice works, health and safety, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling techniques, first aid, and coping with emergency situations as well as emotional issues such as euthanasia.

    Learn Core Skills Such As:

    Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

    • Veterinary terminology
    • Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics
    • Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain
    • Handling the fractious animal safely
    • How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures
    • The importance of disinfection and disease control
    • Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping
    • Basic animal anatomy and physiology
    • Health and Safety regulations
    • Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

    The Role of VSA within Veterinary Practice:

    When you are in an unfamiliar environment, a veterinary practice can seem a busy, confusing, and intimidating place. The course equips you with information to help you find your feet quickly and make the most of the experience.
    • The structure of veterinary practice
    • Different roles within the veterinary team
    • Confidentiality and professionalism
    • How to learn on the job
    • People skills such as dealing with anxious clients and booking appointments
    • Understanding common procedures
    • Be familiar with commonly used equipment

    The Emotional Side

    Pets are family members, and when faced with a hard decision in the best interests of their pet’s welfare, many owners become very emotional. The course helps you understand how to deal with this distress, what to expect when a pet is euthanized, and the practicalities involved afterwards.

    Handling Emergencies

    There may be occasions when you are faced with a pet in urgent need for emergency treatment. The course teaches you how to act whilst waiting for help to arrive
    • Assessing the patient
    • The principles of resuscitation
    • Emergency stabilisation of haemorrhage, breathing difficulties, fractures etc.
    • First aid
    • Your role during an emergency
    Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career. Whether you aspire to work in veterinary practice or at a shelter, or wish to investigate the commitment involved, this course gives a sound grounding in the core skills involved.

    What you will learn

    Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

    • Veterinary terminology
    • Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics
    • Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain
    • Handling the fractious animal safely
    • How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures
    • The importance of disinfection and disease control
    • Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping
    • Basic animal anatomy and physiology
    • Health and Safety regulations
    • Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

    Requirements

    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

    Lessons

    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Veterinary Practice And The Veterinary Support Assistant
    • The aims of this course
    • What is a Veterinary Support Assistant?
    • The structure of veterinary practice
    • Roles within the clinic team
    • Confidentiality and professionalism
    Module 2: Developing Your Skill Set
    • The Practice Manual
    • Know your breeds
    • Listen and Learn
    • Understanding consent forms
    • Phone skills
    • Reception
    • Dealing with Anxious Clients
    • Using your Initiative
    • Personal appearance and manner
    Module 3: Veterinary Terminology
    • Commonly used terms
    • Common procedures
    • Abbreviations
    • Equipment within the practice
    Module 4: Basic Animal Handling
    • The principles of handling animals
    • Handling dogs
    • Handling cats
    • Handling small mammals
    • Handling exotics
    Module 5: Animal Psychology
    • How animals react to stress
    • Reading body language
    • Minimizing stress
    • Recognizing pain in animals
    Module 6: Advanced Animal Handling
    • Tools for handling the fractious animal
    • Restraining the fractious animal
    • Holding an animal for a medical examination
    • Holding an animal for a minor procedure
    • Holding an animal for a blood draw
    Module 7: Around The Veterinary Practice
    • Theater protocol
    • Consultation protocol
    • Pre-operative preparations
    • Sterilizing instruments
    • Disinfection and disease control
    Module 8: Care Of In Patients
    • Monitoring animals and updating charts
    • TLC –Providing the optimum environment
    • Special measures (hand feeding and critical care)
    • Taking vital signs
    Module 9: Feeding Animals
    • Feeding the well animal
    • Food and surgery
    • Life stage nutrition
    • Prescription diets
    • Feeding the sick animal
    Module 10: Basic Anatomy
    • Anatomical terms
    • How animals differ from people Module 11: Basic physiology
    Module 11: Basic Physiology
    • Physiological terms
    • Normal reference ranges
    Module 12: Euthanasia
    • Making a difficult decision
    • End of life choices
    • Euthanasia etiquette
    • How euthanasia is performed
    • Burial or cremation
    Module 13: Emergencies
    • Dealing with an emergency
    • Your role during an emergency
    • Basic principles of resuscitation
    Module 14: First Aid
    • Basic first aid
    • Bleeding
    • Shock
    • Breathing difficulties
    • Fractures
    Module 15: Health & Safety, And Regulations
    • Risks within the veterinary environment
    • The importance of hygiene
    • Ionizing radiation regulations
    • Prescribing regulations
    • Disposal of clinical waste

    Career

    Who is this course for

    Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic would benefit from this course. Those who are considering a career as a Veterinary Technician would be able to get a glimpse into the challenging and rewarding work in the Veterinary and Animal care industries.

    Career path

    Upon completion of this course, there are many ways your career could develop. You could pursue a degree as a Vet Tech, work in a rescue and adoption center, work with foster animals, work in animal training or in a kennel. Being able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge in the care of animals will help you stand out to your employer.

    Certification

    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation

    ICOES

    Accredited

    CPD/CE

    Accredited

    8914

    Students Enrolled

    Money-Back

    Guarantee