The Veterinary Assistant Program is a six month, self-paced, computer-based program that arms students with all of the information they need to pursue a career as a Veterinary Assistant. This is an in-depth program that covers the basics of animal physiology, office duties, special procedures, animal nutrition, and much more.
One of the fundamentals of the Veterinary Assistant Program is that it teaches students how to interact with animals. Students learn restraint procedures for canine, feline and exotic animals. They learn how to take vital signs, prepare and administer medications, take fluid samples and even trim nails.
Students get a deeper understanding of working with animals in a hospital environment. They learn about interpreting blood tests, detecting parasites and poisons, sterilizing animals and managing tooth disease. Students will also undergo a unit regarding surgery prep, which allows them to be an asset to the veterinary surgeon who is conducting the procedure.
This course is led by Jeff Grognet, a pioneer in Veterinary Assistant teaching who has been developing courses for more than 20 years. He not only helps students to learn the ins and outs of a Veterinary Assistant’s daily practice, but also offers a lesson on seeking a career in this field. Students learn how to craft a resume and polish their interview skills.
There are no prerequisites for the Veterinary Assistant Program. A high school diploma or equivalency is highly recommended. Students must have access to a PC or Mac with internet and email capabilities.