What You'll Learn
Ashworth College offers one of the few veterinary assistant school programs that covers veterinary anatomy and animal behavior, laboratory procedures, emergency care, nutrition and more 100% online. Each of your lessons is designed to help prepare you for a rewarding career.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program
Learning at Ashworth
Introduction to Animal Care Careers
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Basic operations of veterinary practices; legal and ethical issues students may encounter while working in a veterinary clinic; basic knowledge of routine veterinary office procedures.
Lesson Group 2: The Veterinary Office
Office and Hospital Procedures
Medical Records, Inventory Management, and Client Relations
Front office team members; the roles of the veterinary assistant; telephone communications; scheduling appointments; common office forms; admitting and discharging procedures; pet health insurance plans.
Maintaining medical records; determining reorder points and pricing of products and services; the effects of body language on client communication; the human-animal bond; stages of grief.
Lesson Group 3: Veterinary Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Pharmacology
Veterinary Terminology, Anatomy, and Physiology
Veterinary Pharmacology and Pharmacy
Medical terms and word parts; cell structure and body tissues; structure and function of the integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular, skeletal, digestive, endocrine, genitourinary, and nervous systems; the special senses and their general function.
Routes of drug administration; drug forms and dosages; legal requirements for writing prescriptions and dispensing medications; categories of drugs; drug effects; disinfectants and antiseptics.
Lesson Group 4: Small-Animal Nursing
Animal Behavior and Restraint
Animal Husbandry and Nutrition
Normal and common abnormal behaviors exhibited by dogs and cats; procedures used to prevent and correct behavior problems in dogs and cats; restraining dogs and cats for a variety of procedures.
Small-Animal Care and Nursing
Preventive care; proper housing and sanitation; nutritional needs and feeding methods of dogs and cats in different life-cycle stages; common zoonotic diseases; vaccine requirements.
Patient history and physical examination; therapeutic bathing; nail trimming and expression of anal sacs; oral and subcutaneous administration of medications; fluid therapy; categories of wounds and methods of wound management.
Lesson Group 5: Clinical Procedures
Surgical Preparation and Assisting
The role of the veterinary assistant in surgical nursing; using appropriate terminology related to surgical procedures; sterilizing surgical instruments and equipment; suture materials; asepsis in the surgical suite.
Collecting and preparing samples for diagnostic testing; lab equipment; hematology and clinical chemistry tests; immunology and urinalysis tests; common parasites of dogs and cats.
Principles of X-ray generation; commonly obtained radiographic views for dogs and cats; proper patient positioning during radiographs; safety concerns; radiology record-keeping procedures.
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What You Get
Complete your Veterinary Assisting course online on your terms. Start on your schedule, study at your own pace and get personal guidance as you need it. We’ve removed the obstacles so you can achieve your dreams as a veterinary assistant.
Our course combines a balance of theoretical concepts and practical application. Your tuition includes:
- Full-color textbook
- Open-book, online exams
- Dedicated academic support and tutoring
- Participation in the Student Community
- Career Services powered by CareerBuilder®
- One-year NAVTA membership. Benefits of NAVTA include a digital copy of the NAVTA Journal, access to members-only education and support, and special discount offers.
Graduates of our veterinary assistant school programs receive a personalized career diploma and may attend our annual graduation ceremony. You will also receive your NAVTA membership. NAVTA provides direction, education, support and coordination for its veterinary technologist and veterinary assistant members and advocates for the competent care and humane treatment of animals.
Love working with animals? Begin your Veterinary Assisting course today. Speak with an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online now.