Veterinary Support Assistant

International Open Academy

£ 299 - (329 €) £ 17 - (19 )

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Metodología Online
Horas lectivas 50 horas de estudio
Duración 60 Days
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Campus online
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  • Curso
  • Online
  • 50 horas de estudio
  • Duración:
    60 Days
  • Inicio clases:
    A elegir
  • Campus online
  • Envío de materiales de aprendizaje
  • Servicio de consultas

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.

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¿Qué objetivos tiene esta formación?

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

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¿Qué aprendes en este curso?

Anatomy and Physiology
First Aid
Training First Aid
Team Training


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
Dealing with Anxious Clients
Using your Initiative
Personal appearance and manner

Module 3: Veterinary terminology
Commonly used terms
Common procedures
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
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
Breathing difficulties

Module 15: Health & safety, and regulations
Risks within the veterinary environment
The importance of hygiene
Ionizing radiation regulations
Prescribing regulations
Disposal of clinical waste
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