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Veterinary Support Assistant

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  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
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  • Recommended by 95% of Students
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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Prepare to join a veterinary team and learn about animal handling and restraint, how to recognize pain, animal psychology and so much more


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’LL 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

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.

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.

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.

To receive certification, you must:

  • Complete every page of the course
  • Pass the exams with a minimum score of 55% for each (each module includes a test based on key learning objectives in that study topic)

If you meet this criteria, your certificate of successful completion will be emailed to you immediately after you finish the course

You will also have the option to order a hard copy certificate directly from ICOES. (www.icoes.org)

This course is CPD/CE accredited. Our CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

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

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Step 1

Register

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

Step 2

Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3

Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4

Certification

Once you’ve successfully completed your course and passed the exams, you’ll receive your certification. Congratulations on your amazing achievement!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

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

$ 119

SIGN UP NOW!
  • Internationally Accredited by ICOES
  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
  • Instant Free PDF Certificate
  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • 24/7 Access
  • 5143 Students Enrolled
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