Veterinary Assistant Career Prep

MSM127 / 240 Hours / 12 Months / Self-Paced / Materials Included

Course Overview:

In this course, you will discuss and become proficient in the skills, terminology, and procedures necessary to assist in a veterinary office.

About ProTrain:

ProTrain is committed to offering world class interactive online courses that provide training and learning support for the student in a number of ways during their experience. The ProTrain course structure has been developed to provide activities to guide students throughout the entire process of learning. Learning activities include hands-on assignments that allow students to use what they are learning to allow better transferable skills within their work environments; and collaborative assignments, like wikis and discussion groups that allow them to share what they have learned with others in the same course.

While a student learns, they are not alone. Each student will receive guidance and support from his or her assigned Training Assessment Manager (TAM) and Student Services Specialist (SSS) representative. In addition, we will offer live monthly webinars and feedback sessions for various subject categories. Throughout the entire course, students are monitored by the SSS representative using progress reporting from the ProTrain Registration System (PRS).

ProTrain will provide Students who successfully complete their online certification programs and pass their industry level certification exams the access to the new ProTrain Education-2-Employment Career Tracker system. The Career Tracker will allow our students who pass exams to load their own resumes at no additional cost, and letting industry employers find their talent through the same database.

Curriculum Developer Biography:

Laurie Gilbreath holds a Master of Arts in Education and has 15 years' experience in K-12, higher education, and continuing education. She has also worked for 10 years as a professional development facilitator and designer and an educational trainer. She has developed courses, training manuals, and educational ebooks in topics ranging from healthcare to business to administration and quality management. In addition to her educational experience, she has worked as a freelance writer and editor for 10 years. Her publications include scholarly articles, training and educational materials, web content, and fiction.

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Foundational Skills

In this lesson we will discuss the foundational skills necessary for the veterinary assistant, review terminology, and use self-assessment tools to determine needs.

Lesson 2: Professionalism and Office Etiquette

In this lesson we will discuss aspects of professionalism including expectations, communication and courtesy, the animal-human bond. the role of the veterinary assistant, and ethics.

Lesson 3: Introduction to Animal Classification and Identification

In this lesson we will become familiar with animal classification and identification, breeds, and groups.

Lesson 4: Disease Transmission and Prevention

In this lesson we will discuss types of disease transmission, methods of prevention, sanitization and disinfecting, patient safety, cleaning techniques, and waste handling.

Lesson 5: Animal Restraint and Handling

In this lesson we will become familiar with various methods of animal restraint, handling, and caging

Lesson 6: Nursing Skills I

In this lesson we will discuss and become familiar with discharge and hospitalization procedures, meeting basic needs, medical records, and treatment.

Lesson 7: Nursing Skills II

In this lesson we will discuss grooming, clipping, vaccines, dental care, and administering medication.

Chapter 8: Nursing Skills 3

In this lesson we will discuss vital signs, pain evaluation, gender identification, IV duties, wound care, emergency support, and euthanasia. 

Lesson 9: Pharmacy Skills

In this lesson we will discuss and learn how to read a prescription, we will become familiar with labeling and packaging, we will learn how to fill a prescription, we will discuss controlled substance guidelines, and we will learn how to explain medication to pet owners.

Lesson 10: Laboratory Skills

In this lesson we will discuss laboratory skills and procedures such as imaging, sample collection and analysis, and laboratory equipment.

Lesson 11: Surgery

In this lesson we will discuss presurgery and postoperative skills, procedures, and duties.

Lesson 12: Office Procedures

In this lesson we will discuss filing, medical records, scheduling, and information management.

Lesson 13: Veterinary Practice Routines

In this lesson we will discuss wellness programs, practice protocols, inventory, in-house communication, and correspondence.

All necessary materials are included.

System Requirements:

Internet Connectivity Requirements:
  • Cable and DSL internet connections are recommended.

Hardware Requirements:
  • Minimum Pentium 400 Mhz CPU or G3 Macintosh. 1 GHz or greater CPU recommended.
  • 256MB RAM minimum. 1 GB RAM recommended.
  • 800x600 video resolution minimum. 1025x768 recommended.
  • Speakers/Headphones to listen to Dialogue steaming audio sessions.
  • A microphone to speak in Dialogue streaming audio sessions.
Operating System Requirements:
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 9, 10
  • Mac OSX 10 or higher.
  • OpenSUSE Linux 9.2 or higher.
Web Browser Requirements:
  • Google Chrome is recommended.
  • Firefox 13.x or greater.
  • Internet Explorer 6.x or greater.
  • Safari 3.2.2 or greater.
Software Requirements:
  • Adobe Flash Player 6 or greater.
  • Oracle Java 7 or greater.
  • Adobe Reader 7 or greater.
Web Browser Settings:
  • Accept Cookies
  • Disable Pop-up Blocker.


**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**