Veterinary Assistant

This online program will prepare you to become a productive member of a veterinary team.
Temecula, CA P.O. Box 760,, Temecula, CA 92593
(951) 9723600

Course at a Glance

Mode of learning : Online - Instructor Lead(LVC)

Domain / Subject : Medical/Healthcare/Pharma

Function : Medical

Trainer name : Jeff Grognet

Duration : 170 Hours

Difficulty : Medium

About the course

You’ll first study the major organ systems that you’ll need to know about as a veterinary assistant. Next, you’ll move to front office duties so you can see how to work with clients and handle medical records. You'll also delve into the communication skills that come in handy for the assistant.

Then the program moves to the area you're probably most interested in—the back of the hospital. You’ll see how to restrain animals for procedures, take their vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration rate), trim their nails, and properly bathe them. You'll also gain the expertise you need to educate clients about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.  

The program also shows you how you can be an asset during surgery and dental procedures by monitoring heart rate and breathing, passing instruments to the surgeon, and charting teeth. You’ll learn how to prepare prescriptions, take blood samples, perform laboratory tests, and take radiographs. The program concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills. Upon passing this program, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.


Upon completion of the ed2go Veterinary Assistant Program, you'll:

  • Understand the duties of the veterinary assistant.
  • Learn the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • Master office communication skills and see how to handle medical records.
  • Learn how to determine age and gender of animals.
  • Find out how to restrain animals seen at the hospital.
  • Discover how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.
  • Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, and properly bathe animals.
  • Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital from anesthetics, infections, and X-rays,
  • Explore the reproductive cycles, diseases, and sterility procedures in cats and dogs.
  • Find out how vaccines work, when to give them, and how to administer them.
  • Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, including prescription foods.
  • Discover how to prepare prescriptions and understand the different drug classes.
  • Learn the different ways to administer medications—orally, in eyes and ears, and by injection.
  • Research the euthanasia process from the client's and hospital's perspectives.
  • Learn how to take blood samples and how to restrain for the procedure.
  • Understand what blood tests tell us, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.
  • Learn how to collect urine and perform a urinalysis, and understand what the results mean.
  • Explore diagnostic tests performed in the hospital on serum, skin, and feces.
  • Find out about radiation protection and how to position an animal to for a radiograph.
  • Recognize and alleviate pain in animals.
  • Learn how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.
  • Learn how to chart teeth, perform common dental procedures, and provide client education on dentistry.
  • Explore the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for internal and external parasites.
  • Investigate substances that can poison pets and learn about emergency treatment.
  • Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare surgical packs.
  • Figure out how to prepare a patient for surgery and help during and after the anesthetic.
  • Learn how to prepare an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills.

Course Extention

Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete the program.  Should you need more time, you may request a six-month extension at no additional charge.  

Computer Requirements:

This program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and a variety of browsers and browser versions. You will need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. You will need an Internet connection (high-speed is recommended) and email capability. 

Required Books

Your tuition for this program includes this textbook:

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale

Course eligibility


This program is designed for people who want to work at a veterinary hospital and those who are already employed in positions in which they look after animals. A high school diploma or equivalent is recommended but not essential.

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Course Content

  • Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital
  • Getting Ready for Your First Visit 
  • Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System 
  • Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints
  • Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
  • Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen
  • Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations
  • More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies
  • Canine Restraint
  • Feline and Exotic Restraint
  • The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs
  • Nail Trimming, Anal Sacs, Bathing, and Clipper Care
  • Workplace Hazards and Infection Control
  • The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures
  • Vaccinology
  • Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods
  • Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses
  • Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do
  • Giving Medications
  • The Euthanasia Process
  • Taking Blood Samples
  • Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood
  • Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation
  • Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies
  • Radiographs and Personal Safety
  • Radiographic Positioning
  • Pain Recognition and Emergency Care
  • Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care
  • External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More
  • Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart
  • Poisonings in Pets
  • Surgery: Preparing the Patient
  • Surgery: Your Role During and After
  • Lesson 34: The Job Search and Future Opportunities
  • Learn how to prepare an effective resume and be your best in an interview, and explore ideas for advancing your skills.



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