Lesson 1: A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Assistant
Lesson 2: Emergency Medicine
Follow an animal care specialist's typically busy day in an animal hospital - and get a sense of what accomplishments are possible in your own work with animals.
Lesson 3: Job Opportunities
How to admit, treat, test, and comfort animals with illnesses or emergency injuries.
Lesson 4: The Physical Examination
Technical and administrative opportunities in animal hospitals, shelters, research facilities, pet stores, zoos, wildlife programs, livestock management, breeding, farms, ranches, guide dog programs, and other areas.
Lesson 5: What the Animal is Trying to Tell Us
Dealing with patients and owners; administering tests and recording results; giving vaccinations; taking histories; "nose-to-tail" exam procedures; getting various animal patients to cooperate.
Lesson 6: Ethics and Professionalism
How sick, injured, and healthy animals communicate their conditions via body language and symptoms.
Lesson 7 and 8: Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
The moral and legal obligations of veterinary professionals; principles of conduct; relationships with colleagues and peers; advertising guidelines; giving advice to owners.
Lesson 9: Behavior and Physical Restraint
Anatomical divisions, positions, and locations; cells and tissues; eyes and ears; the skeletal, muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems.
Lesson 10: Pathology, Preventive Medicine and Disease
Housetraining; preventing destructive behavior in dogs and cats; problem resolution services; restraint techniques for various kinds of animals; mechanical devices.
Lesson 11: Laboratory Procedures: Part A
Inflammation and response to injury; pathogens; the immune response; husbandry; vaccination and preventive medication; sanitation; pre-disposition to disease; epidemiology; food hygiene; zoonotic diseases.
Lesson 12: Laboratory Procedures: Part B
Hematology; collecting and handling blood specimens; evaluating blood cells, platelets, coagulation, and hemostasis; examining bone marrow; automated hematology; hematopoietic disorders; diagnostic parasitology.
Lesson 13: Parasitology
Blood chemistry; sample collection; liver, kidney, pancreas, muscle, electrolyte, protein, and other assays; cytologic exams, equipment, and procedures; urinalysis; immunology and serology tests; quality control; accuracy and reliability.
Lesson 14: Diagnostic Imaging
Common external and internal parasites that affect domestic animals; methods of characterizing parasites; common therapeutic methods for treating parasites.
Lesson 15: Anesthesia
Radiography; x-ray anatomy; radiographic equipment, darkroom techniques, and safety; fluoroscopy; contrast studies; diagnostic ultrasound; endoscopy; colonoscopy.
Lesson 16: Surgical Nursing
Anesthesia fundamentals; the six key steps of anesthesia; anesthetic monitoring; inhalation anesthetic techniques.
Lesson 17: Emergency and Critical Care
Basic surgical terminology; preoperative and postoperative considerations; aseptic technique; preparing the operative site, surgical team, and instruments; sutures.
Lesson 18: Dentistry
Managing specific wound types, healing, contamination, infection, and closure; managing bandages, splints, and casts.
Lesson 19: Nutrition
Fundamental concepts and terminology in the practice of veterinary dentistry.
Lesson 20: Nursing of Dogs and Cats
Fundamental concepts and terminology in the practice of veterinary nutrition.
Lesson 21: Nursing of Horses and Food Animals
Sample collection; drug administration; catheterization; general nursing care; respiratory and nutritional support; grooming; skin, nail, anal sac, and ear care; rehabilitation.
Lesson 22: Nursing of Orphaned and Wild Animals; Special Situations
Grooming; hoof picking; fly control; feeding; watering; nasogastric intubation; bedding; exercise; collecting blood samples; administering medications to horses, cattle, goats, and sheep; bandaging; monitoring patients.
Examining, caring for, and restraining wildlife; returning captive animals to the wild; marine mammals; husbandry and care of rodents; neonatal puppies, foals, and calves; considerations in geriatric patients.
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