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Course Description

Veterinary Assisting | Learn the skills needed to become a veterinary assistant. Discuss basic components of outpatient, diagnostic, pharmaceutical and radiographic procedures for entry-level veterinary assistants. Understand inpatient care for medication/nutrition, fluid, oxygen and physical therapy techniques, bandaging, anesthesia, surgical equipment, emergencies and dentistry. Textbook and clinical manual in Canvas. CEUs issued. $980 includes $30 fee. Note: Students must also register for SPP-301 Veterinary Assistant Internship.

Learner Outcomes

  • Explain the role and responsibilities of the veterinary assistant in the hierarchy of a veterinary clinic, hospital or shelter;
  • Recognize various career pathways in veterinary medicine, write a cover letter and resume, implement job search strategies and use appropriate interviewing techniques;
  • Explain the proper use of a microscope and identify different types of parasites as well as explain different function tests used in the animal hospital laboratory;
  • Identify the parts of a cell and the organ functions of the canine, feline, and other small animals;
  • Demonstrate proper small animal restraint methods, appropriate setup and cleaning of the exam room, the maintenance and classification of drugs, and radiograph processing techniques.
  • Identify equipment used in IV catheterization, catheter placement sites, and surgical trays;
  • Demonstrate the ability to properly dispense and administer oral medications and nutritional foods;
  • Perform appropriate techniques involved with bathing, dipping, and grooming, fecal and heartworm exams, collecting urine samples, dental care, sanitizing exam and operating rooms, cages, and kennels;
  • Perform correct procedures for labeling drugs and radiographs, filling radiographs, setting radiograph machines and positioning animals for x-rays;
  • Explain and perform correct procedures for setting up the appropriate medical equipment, drugs, nd supplies associated with an emergency crash cart.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Veterinary Assisting
Type
In Person
Days
W
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Feb 21, 2024 to Mar 13, 2024
Type
Synchronous Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Feb 26, 2024 to Mar 11, 2024
Type
Synchronous Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Mar 25, 2024 to May 20, 2024
Type
In Person
Days
W
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Mar 27, 2024 to May 22, 2024
Type
In Person
Days
W
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
May 29, 2024 to Jun 12, 2024
Type
Synchronous Online
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Jun 03, 2024 to Jun 10, 2024
Type
In Person
Days
M
Time
6:00PM to 9:15PM
Dates
Jun 17, 2024
Schedule
Contact Hours
93.0
Location
  • Main Campus
  • Off Campus
Delivery Options
Registration Fee
Drop Request Deadline
Feb 20, 2024
Section Transfer Request Deadline
Feb 20, 2024
Instructors
  • Barbara Barnes
Section Notes

Note: Section 101 is hybrid with mandatory face-to-face meetings from 6-9:15 p.m. on Wednesdays at Arnold campus. Attendance in online class sessions from 6-9:15 p.m. on Mondays is mandatory for section 101. Corequisites: SPP-301 Veterinary Assistant Internship. No class: March 18-22 and May 27.

 

 

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