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ABOUT THIS COURSE

Discover the best ways to handle and care for stressed or sick animals


Nobody likes to see animals in distress. But not everyone has the mindset to help them. In this course, you’ll get to know your way around a veterinary practice to make sure this is the right career for you.

If you want to know how do you become a veterinary assistant, our course will show you all about this all-important role. You’ll find the best ways to handle and care for stressed or sick animals.

Get to know how a veterinary practice works

We'll show you how a veterinary practice works and the role you will play within it. Find out all the different roles within a veterinary practice, so that you understand what each person does when you walk into your first job.

What does a veterinary support assistant do?

Role of veterinary support assistant within a practice is very varied. No two days are the same. One minute you could be helping with routine vaccinations. The next you could be clearing the way for a major emergency.

Veterinary assistant courses online show you how to deal with any situation. You have to know how to handle the two-legged clients, the animal's owners, as well as their pets. Know how to create a great first impression on the phone and on the reception desk. Some clients are going to be anxious or upset.

You'll need to know how to handle them sympathetically. You’ll also be working hands-on with animals. Know how to prepare them for theater, look after them after surgery and feed them.

Understanding veterinary terminology

The world of vets comes with its own special language. You’ll impress any would-be employer if you already understand his or her terminology before you start work.

Make a great first impression by knowing what the commonly-used terms mean and the types of procedures you can expect to see within a surgery.

How to handle your clients

Many of the animals you handle will be injured or nervous. You need to know how to correctly handle them to keep them calm and prevent them from causing further injury to themselves.

You have the very important role of minimizing their stress and dealing with their pain.

Looking after the animals

You may be the first person that the animal encounters when they come into the veterinary practice. Our course gives you a greater understanding of animal behavior and body language so you can look after them properly. It also guides you through how to take care of animals before, during and after surgery.

You’ll have a knowledge of how to monitor animals and what to feed them. An important part of being a veterinary assistant is knowing how to administer TLC.

Our course helps you understand the importance of looking after animals with as much tender loving care as you would your own pets or family. As a veterinary assistant, you’re in a privileged position to see a professional veterinary surgeon in action.

You’ll learn how to assist in operations, emergencies, bandaging cuts, setting broken bones and so much more.

Health and safety in a veterinary surgery

With so many sick or injured animals around, hygiene is of the utmost importance. You’ll learn the health and safety procedures and regulations surrounding a practice. How to dispose of clinical waste.

Making sure everything is sterile and spotless. Being a veterinary support assistant is such a worthwhile and rewarding career. Knowing you’re helping animals in the best way you possibly can.

Start this journey today with our accredited veterinary support certificate course.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Learn the right way to handle animals and recognize the signs that they're stressed or in pain
  • Have a better knowledge of animals and be prepared for emergencies or administer first aid
  • Impress potential employers with your knowledge of veterinary terminology, anatomy and animal psychology
  • Handling animals from dogs to exotic snakes
  • Understanding animal psychology so you know if an animal is distressed or in pain
  • Handling an injured or upset animal with kindness
  • Preparing animals for surgery
  • Feeding animals in your practice
  • The importance of disinfection, sterilization and preventing diseases from spreading
  • Anyone looking at the options available for rewarding careers with animals
  • Animal lovers who want to help sick or injured animals in a veterinary practice
  • People considering becoming a veterinarian but are considering other roles
  • Anybody who works with or volunteers with animals, such as in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic would benefit from this course
  • People considering a career as a veterinary technician will get a glimpse into the challenging and rewarding work in animal care
  • Land your dream job with animals through your knowledge of animals and nursing
  • Boost your CV by completing a certified course demonstrating a high level of knowledge in the care of animals 
  • Handle the emotional as well as the practical side of working with animals in any environment
  • This course is suitable for anyone who handles animals at work or as a volunteer in a shelter
  • The course is a useful stepping stone to your animal-care degree or professional path in a veterinary clinic or hospital
  • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals
  • Certification will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a dream job with animals or are ready for promotion

Holly and Hugo courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.

  • Holly and Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses
  • The courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students our commitment to high standards of online education
  • We are also a recognized member of the CPD Certification Service
  • Our CPD accredited courses will count towards your CPD hour records. Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CE), individuals show their commitment to gain new skills to contribute to their personal and professional development, improve their job prospects, enhance and evolve in their career
  • At the end of each module there is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage
  • The modules are easy to understand and, therefore, easy to remember
  • You can revisit the material for a refresher if you want to look something up
  • Once the course is completed, all modules saved and exams passed you'll get a pdf certificate
  • You will be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate
  • The courses are designed to be easy to use without the need to download material
  • Should you need any assistance, we have a help centre available in your student area 24/7 or you can contact our awesome Customer Support team during the working hours
Module 1: Veterinary Practice And The Veterinary Support Assistant
  • 1.1 Understand how a veterinary practice works and where you fit in
  • 1.2 Discover the important role of a Veterinary Support Assistant
  • 1.3 Find out about the structure of a veterinary clinic
  • 1.4 What role each person plays
  • 1.5 Importance of confidentiality and professionalism
Module 2: Developing Your Skill Set
  • 2.1 What you will find in the Practice Manual
  • 2.2 Know your breeds so you know how to handle them
  • 2.3 Listen and learn from what the vet tells clients
  • 2.4 The importance of legally-binding consent forms
  • 2.5 Phone skills to create a first-class impression
  • 2.6 Tips for working at reception
  • 2.7 How to deal with anxious clients
  • 2.8 Using your initiative to be one step ahead of the game
  • 2.9 Looking and acting like a professional
Module 3: Veterinary Terminology
  • 3.1 Commonly used terms and their meanings
  • 3.2 Common procedures you will encounter
  • 3.3 Abbreviations
  • 3.4 Equipment within the practice
Module 4: Basic Animal Handling
  • 4.1 The principles of handling animals
  • 4.2 How to correctly handle dogs
  • 4.3 Handling cats for tests or operations
  • 4.4 Handling small mammals
  • 4.5 Handling exotic animals safely
Module 5: Animal Psychology
  • 5.1 Find out how animals react to stress
  • 5.2 Reading body language so you can react in the right way
  • 5.3 Minimizing stress so animals become calmer
  • 5.4 Recognizing and dealing with pain in animals
Module 6: Advanced Animal Handling
  • 6.1 Tools for handling the fractious animal
  • 6.2 Restraining the fractious animal so he can be treated
  • 6.3 Holding an animal for a medical examination
  • 6.4 Holding an animal for a minor procedure
  • 6.5 Holding an animal for a blood draw
Module 7: Around The Veterinary Practice
  • 7.1 Surgery theater protocol to contain germs and diseases
  • 7.2 Disinfecting and cleaning protocols for the consultation room
  • 7.3 How to prepare animals for operations and surgical procedures
  • 7.4 Techniques for sterilizing instruments
  • 7.5 Importance of disinfection and disease control
Module 8: Care Of In Patients
  • 8.1 How to monitor animals, update charts and spot what is normal and what isn’t
  • 8.2 Why TLC is vital in providing the optimum environment
  • 8.3 Special measures such as hand feeding and critical care
  • 8.4 Taking and reporting vital signs
Module 9: Feeding Animals
  • 9.1 Feeding healthy animals - types of foods
  • 9.2 Giving the correct advice about food and surgery
  • 9.3 Life stage nutrition for animals of all ages
  • 9.4 Administering prescription diets
  • 9.5 How to feed a sick animal back to health
Module 10: Basic Anatomy
  • 10.1 Learning important anatomical terms
  • 10.2 How animals differ from people
Module 11: Basic Physiology
  • 11.1 Getting to know physiological terms
  • 11.2 Monitoring and understanding temperature, pulse and respiration rates
Module 12: Euthanasia
  • 12.1 Helping pet guardians make a difficult decision
  • 12.2 Making arrangements for end of life choices
  • 12.3 Euthanasia etiquette - dealing with the emotional side
  • 12.4 How euthanasia is performed
  • 12.5 Deciding on a burial or cremation
Module 13: Emergencies
  • 13.1 Dealing with an emergency
  • 13.2 Your role during an emergency
  • 13.3 Basic principles of resuscitation
Module 14: First Aid
  • 14.1 Learning basic first aid techniques
  • 14.2 How to help an animal which is bleeding
  • 14.3 Symptoms of shock and how to treat them
  • 14.4 Dealing with breathing difficulties
  • 14.5 Handling fractures
Module 15: Health & Safety, And Regulations
  • 15.1 Risks within the veterinary environment
  • 15.2 The importance of hygiene
  • 15.3 Ionizing radiation regulations
  • 15.4 Prescribing regulations
  • 15.5 Disposal of clinical waste

RECEIVE YOUR CERTIFICATE IN 4 SIMPLE STEPS

Step 1

Register

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Step 2

Study

Absorb and remember course content with our easy-to-follow, structured information and helpful illustrations. And yes - you can study anywhere, anytime, from any device

Step 3

Evaluations

Reinforce your learning with quizzes at the end of each module

Step 4

Certification

Once you have completed your course, you will automatically receive your certification. Well done, the last step to your amazing achievement!

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

MEET THE INSTRUCTOR

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS

Dr Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27 years' experience in companion animal practice.

As a child, Pippa was pony-mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started volunteering at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream come true when she was accepted for vet school. She graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her knowledge and dedication has helped transform the lives of thousands of students and pets from around the world.

Module 1: Veterinary Practice And The Veterinary Support Assistant
  • 1.1 Understand how a veterinary practice works and where you fit in
  • 1.2 Discover the important role of a Veterinary Support Assistant
  • 1.3 Find out about the structure of a veterinary clinic
  • 1.4 What role each person plays
  • 1.5 Importance of confidentiality and professionalism
Module 2: Developing Your Skill Set
  • 2.1 What you will find in the Practice Manual
  • 2.2 Know your breeds so you know how to handle them
  • 2.3 Listen and learn from what the vet tells clients
  • 2.4 The importance of legally-binding consent forms
  • 2.5 Phone skills to create a first-class impression
  • 2.6 Tips for working at reception
  • 2.7 How to deal with anxious clients
  • 2.8 Using your initiative to be one step ahead of the game
  • 2.9 Looking and acting like a professional
Module 3: Veterinary Terminology
  • 3.1 Commonly used terms and their meanings
  • 3.2 Common procedures you will encounter
  • 3.3 Abbreviations
  • 3.4 Equipment within the practice
Module 4: Basic Animal Handling
  • 4.1 The principles of handling animals
  • 4.2 How to correctly handle dogs
  • 4.3 Handling cats for tests or operations
  • 4.4 Handling small mammals
  • 4.5 Handling exotic animals safely
Module 5: Animal Psychology
  • 5.1 Find out how animals react to stress
  • 5.2 Reading body language so you can react in the right way
  • 5.3 Minimizing stress so animals become calmer
  • 5.4 Recognizing and dealing with pain in animals
Module 6: Advanced Animal Handling
  • 6.1 Tools for handling the fractious animal
  • 6.2 Restraining the fractious animal so he can be treated
  • 6.3 Holding an animal for a medical examination
  • 6.4 Holding an animal for a minor procedure
  • 6.5 Holding an animal for a blood draw
Module 7: Around The Veterinary Practice
  • 7.1 Surgery theater protocol to contain germs and diseases
  • 7.2 Disinfecting and cleaning protocols for the consultation room
  • 7.3 How to prepare animals for operations and surgical procedures
  • 7.4 Techniques for sterilizing instruments
  • 7.5 Importance of disinfection and disease control
Module 8: Care Of In Patients
  • 8.1 How to monitor animals, update charts and spot what is normal and what isn’t
  • 8.2 Why TLC is vital in providing the optimum environment
  • 8.3 Special measures such as hand feeding and critical care
  • 8.4 Taking and reporting vital signs
Module 9: Feeding Animals
  • 9.1 Feeding healthy animals - types of foods
  • 9.2 Giving the correct advice about food and surgery
  • 9.3 Life stage nutrition for animals of all ages
  • 9.4 Administering prescription diets
  • 9.5 How to feed a sick animal back to health
Module 10: Basic Anatomy
  • 10.1 Learning important anatomical terms
  • 10.2 How animals differ from people
Module 11: Basic Physiology
  • 11.1 Getting to know physiological terms
  • 11.2 Monitoring and understanding temperature, pulse and respiration rates
Module 12: Euthanasia
  • 12.1 Helping pet guardians make a difficult decision
  • 12.2 Making arrangements for end of life choices
  • 12.3 Euthanasia etiquette - dealing with the emotional side
  • 12.4 How euthanasia is performed
  • 12.5 Deciding on a burial or cremation
Module 13: Emergencies
  • 13.1 Dealing with an emergency
  • 13.2 Your role during an emergency
  • 13.3 Basic principles of resuscitation
Module 14: First Aid
  • 14.1 Learning basic first aid techniques
  • 14.2 How to help an animal which is bleeding
  • 14.3 Symptoms of shock and how to treat them
  • 14.4 Dealing with breathing difficulties
  • 14.5 Handling fractures
Module 15: Health & Safety, And Regulations
  • 15.1 Risks within the veterinary environment
  • 15.2 The importance of hygiene
  • 15.3 Ionizing radiation regulations
  • 15.4 Prescribing regulations
  • 15.5 Disposal of clinical waste

100% AUTHENTIC STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

I chose to take my training with Holly and Hugo because they are accredited and affordable. I’m glad I took that course and will be likely to take another from Holly and Hugo in the near future. The course was very through Amanda Beamer - United States

The course content was brilliant! It also stuck to the point and didn't veer off into only distantly related subjects unlike some courses I have attempted in the past. The e-books are a great idea and very attractively designed, and very helpful. I really like the layout of your course material and the ease of use, and it's great to receive a certificate from yourselves, an accredited one AND the added bonus of the Completion Letter and the Breakdown Transcript! I am finding it very rewarding to be learning so much on these courses and I am certain the new knowledge and understanding I am gaining will be hugely beneficial in helping me to achieve my animal career/business goals and also my ability to care for and understand my own and others animals. The Holly and Hugo team are lovely people who are very easy to communicate with and are always helpful And their social media presence is an awesome way to stay connected and feel part of an enthusiastic community. Don't look any further for courses!! Choose Holly and Hugo!! Susan Grainger - United Kingdom

I'm so glad I stumbled upon Holly and Hugo, their courses have provided me with great insight into my shelter animals behaviour and needs. I signed up to the webinar because I wanted to learn how I could better prepare the people who adopt from my shelter for either their first pet or a rescue pet. The webinar was great and although it did help answer my questions about this I found myself interested in the material for my own pets also. I'm up to my fourth course now and im loving it, I feel confident in sharing my knowledge to everyone. Siobhan Bottoni - Australia

I am a guide dog puppy raiser as well as a dog trainer at my local Petco. This course gave me more insight into maintaining consistency and other ideas for dogs with different learning styles. Shayla Drappo - United States

It has improved my life, I have started my own Pet Sitting business and left the corporate world to pursue my passion and dream. So to put it mildly it has change my world for the best. What would I say to friends is what I already say to them, take the course: it's a great value and you will learn, unlike other online courses that teach you nothing, with Holly and Hugo you have to pass a test and they are not easy questions to get certified. Patricia Lackner - United States

I've researched a lot about online certifications and this is the best option by far, I wouldn't use any other. The variety of classes are packed with interesting and detailed information and are all you need to learn, useful real life skill building. The modules are set up beautifully and cleverly as to provide the most understanding and know-how of the course materials. I can honestly say these are all very engaging and a lot of fun in learning. I give the highest recommendation for both your personal and professional enrichment. I plan to keep up doing these different courses for a long time to come. Jeffrey - United Kingdom

I was worried about the support side of it if I got stuck. However it was all really simple to navigate. It’s so accessible. On any device. Which is perfect for me as I also used my phone when I forgot my laptop. I think you have a great range of courses. Emma Crawford - United Kingdom

I want to become a veterinarian and get the experience I need. I learned a lot more about things I didn’t know before - helpful and useful information. Jessica Leroy - United States

I just wanted to see what Holly & Hugo would go over in this subject. And the cost was amazing. I'm more confident in my skills as a Vet Assistant. I am a vet assistant during the day and run my own dog training business as well. I enjoyed the online lesson very much and it was easy to follow. I could finish it on my own time. Dolores Vergo - United States

I own a dog and I would like to pursue a job at an animal hospital but I figured if I didn’t get a position as a veterinary support assistant, at least I would have some more knowledge to use for my dog. Victoria Wilkins  - United States

The course is easy to operate and understand. It was a blast and I learned so much. I can't wait to start my new course!! Kelly  Anderson - United States

I got a lot of new knowledge about what a vet support assistant has to do. Very informative. It's easy to go through the courses you offer and a good time scale to do the courses in. Tracy Sohl - United Kingdom

I got a lot of new knowledge about what a vet support assistant has to do. Very informative course. It's easy to go through the courses you offer and a good time scale to do the courses in. Tracy Sohl - United Kingdom

I have found the courses to be really good, I am going to do all the courses they offer. If you want to learn about animals these are the courses for you. Teresa Waight - United Kingdom

This course covered a wide range of areas giving a good introduction to vet nursing. Would be a helpful course to show a vet practice you were serious about further study. Gillian Curtis - New Zealand

I chose to take my training with Holly and Hugo because I love animals and hope to land a job at an animal clinic as well as gain more knowledge about the different types of pets. I've gained more knowledge and feel more confident when it comes to helping pets in need. Yolanda Lujan - United States

I love learning and I love animals, but due to health, it's hard to attend traditional classes. This I can do at my own pace in the comfort of my own home. Brandy Pringle - Canada

I chose to take my training with Holly and Hugo because they are accredited and affordable. I’m glad I took that course and will be likely to take another from Holly and Hugo in the near future. The course was very through Amanda Beamer - United States

The course content was brilliant! It also stuck to the point and didn't veer off into only distantly related subjects unlike some courses I have attempted in the past. The e-books are a great idea and very attractively designed, and very helpful. I really like the layout of your course material and the ease of use, and it's great to receive a certificate from yourselves, an accredited one AND the added bonus of the Completion Letter and the Breakdown Transcript! I am finding it very rewarding to be learning so much on these courses and I am certain the new knowledge and understanding I am gaining will be hugely beneficial in helping me to achieve my animal career/business goals and also my ability to care for and understand my own and others animals. The Holly and Hugo team are lovely people who are very easy to communicate with and are always helpful And their social media presence is an awesome way to stay connected and feel part of an enthusiastic community. Don't look any further for courses!! Choose Holly and Hugo!! Susan Grainger - United Kingdom

I'm so glad I stumbled upon Holly and Hugo, their courses have provided me with great insight into my shelter animals behaviour and needs. I signed up to the webinar because I wanted to learn how I could better prepare the people who adopt from my shelter for either their first pet or a rescue pet. The webinar was great and although it did help answer my questions about this I found myself interested in the material for my own pets also. I'm up to my fourth course now and im loving it, I feel confident in sharing my knowledge to everyone. Siobhan Bottoni - Australia

I am a guide dog puppy raiser as well as a dog trainer at my local Petco. This course gave me more insight into maintaining consistency and other ideas for dogs with different learning styles. Shayla Drappo - United States

It has improved my life, I have started my own Pet Sitting business and left the corporate world to pursue my passion and dream. So to put it mildly it has change my world for the best. What would I say to friends is what I already say to them, take the course: it's a great value and you will learn, unlike other online courses that teach you nothing, with Holly and Hugo you have to pass a test and they are not easy questions to get certified. Patricia Lackner - United States

I've researched a lot about online certifications and this is the best option by far, I wouldn't use any other. The variety of classes are packed with interesting and detailed information and are all you need to learn, useful real life skill building. The modules are set up beautifully and cleverly as to provide the most understanding and know-how of the course materials. I can honestly say these are all very engaging and a lot of fun in learning. I give the highest recommendation for both your personal and professional enrichment. I plan to keep up doing these different courses for a long time to come. Jeffrey - United Kingdom

I was worried about the support side of it if I got stuck. However it was all really simple to navigate. It’s so accessible. On any device. Which is perfect for me as I also used my phone when I forgot my laptop. I think you have a great range of courses. Emma Crawford - United Kingdom

I want to become a veterinarian and get the experience I need. I learned a lot more about things I didn’t know before - helpful and useful information. Jessica Leroy - United States

I just wanted to see what Holly & Hugo would go over in this subject. And the cost was amazing. I'm more confident in my skills as a Vet Assistant. I am a vet assistant during the day and run my own dog training business as well. I enjoyed the online lesson very much and it was easy to follow. I could finish it on my own time. Dolores Vergo - United States

I own a dog and I would like to pursue a job at an animal hospital but I figured if I didn’t get a position as a veterinary support assistant, at least I would have some more knowledge to use for my dog. Victoria Wilkins  - United States

The course is easy to operate and understand. It was a blast and I learned so much. I can't wait to start my new course!! Kelly  Anderson - United States

I got a lot of new knowledge about what a vet support assistant has to do. Very informative. It's easy to go through the courses you offer and a good time scale to do the courses in. Tracy Sohl - United Kingdom

I got a lot of new knowledge about what a vet support assistant has to do. Very informative course. It's easy to go through the courses you offer and a good time scale to do the courses in. Tracy Sohl - United Kingdom

I have found the courses to be really good, I am going to do all the courses they offer. If you want to learn about animals these are the courses for you. Teresa Waight - United Kingdom

This course covered a wide range of areas giving a good introduction to vet nursing. Would be a helpful course to show a vet practice you were serious about further study. Gillian Curtis - New Zealand

I chose to take my training with Holly and Hugo because I love animals and hope to land a job at an animal clinic as well as gain more knowledge about the different types of pets. I've gained more knowledge and feel more confident when it comes to helping pets in need. Yolanda Lujan - United States

I love learning and I love animals, but due to health, it's hard to attend traditional classes. This I can do at my own pace in the comfort of my own home. Brandy Pringle - Canada

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