Animal first aid is the immediate care given to an injured or suddenly ill pet until competent veterinary care is available. This course provides pet owners and other interested parties with information on caring for dogs and cats as well as guidance about how to determine when pets need professional treatment. Topics include initial assessment, restraint application, basic emergency care, CPR, common illnesses and injuries, and medication administration. Course requirement for all Veterinary Assistant students. Text and course completion card included. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.
Learn the rudimentary skills of massage therapy for animals. When used in combination with a veterinary preventative healthcare program, animal massage provides complementary physical, mental, and emotional benefits. It also facilitates the socialization of abused and/or traumatized pets. This course provides information to the public so that participants may practice massage on their own animals. Those who wish to practice animal massage for compensation must be employed and under the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Required for all Veterinary Assistant students. Participants may bring a socialized dog to class for use in the practice of massage. All dogs must be licensed, have current rabies immunization, and be kept on a lead at all times. Please bring a blanket and a water bottle for your dog. Senior and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.
Participate in an individually scheduled, 100-hour, "hands on" experience related to the veterinary management of small animals. Opportunities include preventive medicine, nutrition, husbandry, animal behavior, handling and restraint, medical management, and laboratory techniques. Observe and practice procedures and skills under direct supervision. Must be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. Weekday, weekend, and holiday hours necessary for successful completion. Current, negative TB skin test (or negative chest x-ray) and tetanus shot are mandatory. Hepatitis B vaccination recommended. Prerequisite courses required. Technical standards apply. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.
Course Fee: $495
Material Fee: $89
Must also enroll in 45616.
Veterinary Assistant Certification I: Introduction to Veterinary Assisting
Interested in an entry-level career in veterinary medicine? Take this course to learn the role and responsibilities of a veterinary assistant as you explore the skills needed for the workplace. Includes information related to ethics and professionalism; customer service; dog and cat breeds; animal behavior and handling; sanitation; and grooming. Prerequisite courses required. Reading (ACR) and math (ACA) assessments required prior to registration. Technical standards apply. Textbook required. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.
Build on the knowledge you gained in Introduction to Veterinary Assisting as you explore the care and treatment of small animals. Learn essential information regarding anatomy, physiology and nutrition as well as the effects of disease and parasites on various species. Prerequisite courses required. Technical standards apply. Textbook required. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.
Continue exploring the care of small animals as you learn to perform interventions and tests necessary to diagnose and treat health problems. Gain skills and knowledge related to hematology, laboratory procedures, diagnostic imaging, pharmacology, fluid therapy, and restraint techniques. Prerequisite courses required. Technical standards apply. Textbook required. Senior adult and disabled retiree tuition waivers apply. Transcript available.