Veterinary Assistant

Distance Learning Online Course of 12 Lessons

Become a Veterinary Assistant

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Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? This course, taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, will give you the information you need to prepare for work in veterinary hospitals.

What vaccinations do cats and dogs really need and how often should they be given? What is the best way to control fleas? What do you do if your dog has a cut? What is the best way to deal with an emergency situation involving a pet? This course will answer all these questions and more.

You'll learn about pet nutrition and a variety of health and safety issues. You’ll understand how to treat and prevent parasites, including roundworms and heartworms. You’ll even learn the facts of life, as it pertains to dogs and cats.

You'll explore current thoughts on spaying and neutering, and how to deal with the very emotional issues of euthanasia, pet loss, and how best to assist clients in a time of need.

Special lessons will target specific aspects of veterinary assistant duties. Did you know that a veterinary assistant needs to dispense medications just like a pharmacist? You’ll learn how to interpret medical prescriptions that look like Greek scribbles to the untrained eye.

You'll also understand the hazards of working in a veterinary setting so that you can protect yourself from x-ray exposure, infections carried by animals, and potential damage from teeth and claws.

Study Options
This course is an online course. You can access your course materials, and submit all of your question papers to your personal tutor, online from anywhere in the World using your unique student account.

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$130.00 USD


6 Weeks


Certificate of Completion

What's Included
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • Registration and Certification

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This course includes a knowledgeable and caring instructor who will guide you through your lessons, facilitate discussions, and answer your questions.

The instructor for this course will be Jeff Grognet

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Veterinary hospitals are small businesses, not just places of medicine, so you will also gain a complete understanding of their economics - how income is generated and where it goes. You will also explore marketing and communication because they are essential factors in making a business successful.

Even if you are already employed in a veterinary hospital, you will find this course invaluable in helping you understand the reasoning behind decisions and recommendations made by veterinarians. And if you're a pet owner, this course will help you better assess the quality of veterinary care your pets receive.

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veterinary-assistant -online-courseJeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course almost 20 years ago. The overwhelming success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant college courses led him to expand his teaching into other areas in high demand, including pet first aid, and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices with his wife at a Veterinary Hospital in BC, Canada. Jeff has published a large and diverse number of articles over the last 20 years. He is a regular contributing author to several magazines as well as a weekly newspaper columnist.

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All courses run for six weeks, with a two-week grace period at the end. Two lessons are released each week for the six-week duration of the course. You do not have to be present when the lesson is released, but you must complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

A new section of each course starts on the second or third Wednesday of each month. If enrolling in a series of two or more courses, please be sure to space the start date for each course at least two months apart.

Week One
Wednesday - Lesson 01
Our first lesson will start way back at the beginning—you'll learn how ancient veterinary medicine evolved into the modern-day practice that you're accustomed to. You'll also learn why a veterinary assistant is just as important to the success of the practice as the veterinarian. In the second component of this lesson, you'll learn all about dog and cat reproduction. You'll learn the normal hormonal cycles and breeding times, and then delve into the benefits of sterilization.

Friday - Lesson 02
In this lesson, you'll learn how vaccines protect against disease. And just as important, you'll learn why they sometimes fail. We'll take a close look at how often vaccines should be given, why they may be ill-advised, and why vaccinosis is so controversial.
Week Two
Wednesday - Lesson 03
Today, we'll talk about the importance of parasites that can infest both pets and people. You'll see the worms that live in the intestines, and also get acquainted with heartworm, a nasty guy that lives in the arteries. We'll explore how parasites infect people, what they do, and how to prevent their invasion.

Friday - Lesson 04
Have you ever wondered how to pick the best food for your pet? This lesson will give you the tools to make the right decision, and how best to pass the information on to your clients. We'll also talk about the role of prescription diets in pet health.

Week Three
Wednesday - Lesson 05
This will certainly be the most emotional lesson in the entire course. The topic is euthanasia, and we'll look at it from the perspectives of both the client and the hospital employee. We'll explore the stages of grief that everyone goes through after a loss. You'll also see what the procedure entails, how to help a grieving client, and tools for assisting children with pet loss.

Friday - Lesson 06
In this lesson, you'll learn why a veterinary hospital can be a dangerous place. You'll see how X-rays, anesthetics, and certain drugs can harm you. You'll finish this lesson with Economics 101, a glimpse into the cash flow of a typical veterinary hospital.

Week Four
Wednesday - Lesson 07
This lesson will help you in a crisis. Designed like a short course in human first aid, this lesson will help you cope with almost any emergency, and we'll discuss ways that some emergencies can be prevented. There's even a segment on cardiopulmonary resuscitation, dog and cat style!

Friday - Lesson 08
What is the most important parasite affecting our pets? If you answered the flea, you're right. In this lesson, you'll learn all about this parasite that lives on the skin. You'll also hear about other crawling parasites that live in the skin (mange) and how they can be managed.
Week Five
Wednesday - Lesson 09
Did you know that, as a hospital employee, any advice you give could end up in a lawsuit? You'll see how to maintain client confidentiality and how to avoid grievances. You'll round off your study on client communications with an introduction to client education programs.

Friday - Lesson 10
As soon as you're hired as a veterinary assistant, you become a pharmacist, helping to prepare prescriptions. In this lesson, you'll find out how to do this correctly. You'll also learn about your role in keeping accurate medical records. We'll end the lesson with a short course on marketing, taking a close look at some of the best tools you can use to keep old clients and attract new ones.
Week Six
Wednesday - Lesson 11
This lesson is probably the most controversial: Here, you'll learn all about alternative therapies that some veterinarians are applying in their practices, including acupuncture, homeopathy, herbs, and chiropractic care. And when it comes to pet food, is commercial, home-cooked, or raw the best choice? We'll examine the plusses and minuses of each possible diet.

Friday - Lesson 12
In our last lesson, we'll take a close look at animal behavior. You'll delve into how best to train puppies and kittens, and more importantly, how to share the information with your clients. At the end of the course, you'll see how everything you’ve learned can be put together for a comprehensive health plan covering everything from behavior, vaccinations, and nutrition to castration, euthanasia, and alternative therapies.


    Lesson 1

    Look at the history of veterinary practice, learn the reproductive cycles, and reasons for sterilization.

    Lesson 2

    Understand how vaccines produce immunity to disease and why they can sometimes fail. Review vaccine schedules. Recognize that vaccines can have adverse effects.

    Lesson 3

    Understand the importance of treating parasites in pets. Realize how parasites can infest people (zoonoses).

    Lesson 4

    How to choose a food for your pet. How we can help prevent disease through nutrition.

    Lesson 5

    Understanding the euthanasia procedure. Helping clients cope with the death of a pet.

    Lesson 6

    How to protect yourself while working at a veterinary hospital. Understand the financial aspects of a veterinary office.

    Lesson 7

    Learn introductory pet first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

    Lesson 8

    Understand the flea life cycle and how to control it, as well as other external parasites.

    Lesson 9

    Appreciate the legal ramifications of working in a veterinary hospital. Learn how to communicate effectively with clients. See how client education programs can be structured.

    Lesson 10

    Review hospital records and how to handle them. Learn how to prepare a prescription. See how marketing can be implemented in a veterinary hospital.

    Lesson 11

    Acquire an understanding of alternative approaches to veterinary medicine.

    Lesson 12

    Learn basic behavior counseling for pet owners. Create a health plan for the life of the pet.


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A 65% or better must be achieved in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

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    Absoultely 100% worth every bit of taking this course. Jeff did a great job with the arrangement of assignments and content. I felt the content was very useful and fitting the level of this course description. It more than met my expectations. WONDERFUL COURSE!

    As a pet owner and not someone who works in the field i found this course to be everything i had hoped. It has given me the knowledge to take better care of my pets and to feel confident when seeking help or prevention from my veterinarian.

    As a professional petsitter, I found this course most helpful and the instructor both knowledgeable and compassionate. I wish all vets were this good and that he practiced in my area, so that I could take all my companion animals to him. I am continuing my studies in animal care and health sciences...thank you for providing this course!

    A very worthwhile course for anyone with pets, volunteers at shelters or even a veterinary assistant!

    Dr. Grognet's online course 'Becoming a Veterinary Assistant' was very well planned, with well written and easy to understand lessons. Interesting websites were offered so we could further delve into each topic. The teacher was very responsive to his students in the discussion area. Would highly recommend this instructor to anyone, and the course to anyone who wants to work in a veterinary hospital and/or take better care of their pets.

    Dr. Jeff was a great instructor. I enjoyed this class immensely. It was interesting and informative beyond my expectations.

    Even though I have worked in a veterinary clinic, have a multiple pet household and work as a animal massage and care provider, I found this course was a valuable refresher. It was up to date, informative and comprehensive. Dr. Jeff offers both professional and heart felt instruction and lessons that show his dedication to both the animal patient and the human client. For a person with no experience, this course is invaluable. Even the seasoned assistant will benefit from another Doctor's perspective. I very much enjoyed this course.

    Excellent course. I enjoyed this course so much that I have signed up for Jeff Grognet's next course "Canine Reproduction". I would definitely recommend this course to others.

    Excellent course - well worth the time and money spent. As a professional petsitter, I feel this course offered a wide range of information which will enable me to provide better care for my clients and their pets. I also feel more confident in my knowledge and the service I am able to provide. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone in the pet care fieldour four-legged companions.

    VERY good class. Would like to see a Vet Tech 2. Thanks soo much. I learned a lot and will keep studying the material.

    Well-organized course. Good supplementary info and links for further info. Interesting material. Dr. Grognet did an excellent job with the class and provided thoughtful responses to students' questions in the discussion area. I enjoyed this course and would recommend it to others. Thank you again.

    Wow! I have enjoyed this class so much. I hate to see it end. Dr. Jeff is a wonderful teacher...I'm already signed up for his next two classes and looking forward to the challenge.

    WOW! I learned a lot and found it was more challenging than I thought it would be. I feel confident that it provided me with enough knowledge to take better care of my own dogs and I look forward to the next course. I believe I will take a couple more before I make a decision on where to take my self career wise.

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