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Veterinary Support Assistant

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  • Holly and Hugo by ICOES
  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
  • Instant Free PDF Certificate
  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • 24/7 Access
  • 16247 Students Enrolled
  • 50 Study Hours
  • 45 Days to complete the course

ABOUT THIS COURSE

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


  • Do you dream of a rewarding career caring for animals? Before you start, find out what you'll really be letting yourself in for
  • Learn the right way to handle animals and recognize the signs that they're stressed or in pain
  • To have 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
  • Prepare the groundwork for when you start your animal-related degree

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • Our accredited course designed by professional veterinarians will teach you advanced animal handling so you can work more confidently
  • How to create a professional image for your business with your great customer care (for animals and pet parents)
  • Dealing with new situations and how to take care of more issues to take better care of animals
  • Anyone who comes into contact with animals and wants to react the right way to emergencies or any situation
  • Animal lovers who want to help sick or distressed animals to make them calmer and not stress them out even more
  • You, if you dream of working with animals and would like to boost your CV to show employers you have animal-care training or to gain a competitive advantage for your existing business
  • 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

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Once you sign up for the course you will have 12 months to activate it. Once activated, you have 45 days to learn the tricks of the trade for animal training and pet sitting

  • The course will only take about 50 hours to complete to build your knowledge of useful terminology, vocabulary and practical information on working with animals

  • You can set your own pace of study because it is completely online and available on any device. You can study anytime, anywhere so there's no pressure. These are some of the reasons that Holly and Hugo are the perfect partners for busy people

  • At the end of each module is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage. These 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 will be able to download your pdf certificate. You’ll be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate

WHAT SUPPORT WILL I GET DURING THE COURSE

  • Our 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. We're just a phone call or email away.

  • From time to time, we also organize live webinars with a vet which you can join in and have any queries or questions professionally answered to help you enjoy a better understanding of animals.
  • Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses. The main veterinarians involved in our courses are Pippa Elliott BVMS MRCVS who graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK, and has 27 years' experience and Deborah Shore DVM, who graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

  • You will be getting up-to-date information from experienced professionals so you can be confident the advice is credible

  • In return for your dedication, you can receive a certificate of study
  • Holly & Hugo 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
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

Follow the easy peasy enrollment process

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

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Step 4

Certification

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

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 loved the layout of the course and the exam, and also the fact that I can print a certificate stating i took this course! The course provided me with a lot of knowledge and it was well organized and written. I learned things about my pets i did not actually know before. Ie: explaining behaviour in my dog that i passed up as "just being her" to it actually being a dog behaviour that is common. Understanding my animals facial expressions and body language as well. The course improved my skills in understanding my pets better. Michelle Little - Canada

I learned so many things I didn't know before. The information was highly knowledgeable and relevant. I never lost interest, and now I understand animal behaviors. I enjoyed the explanations of why animals do what they do- getting inside their head- very interesting! Also, all course material was easy to use and working online at my own pace really helped around my full-time kennel technician schedule. Abby Bryington - United States

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

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 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 loved the layout of the course and the exam, and also the fact that I can print a certificate stating i took this course! The course provided me with a lot of knowledge and it was well organized and written. I learned things about my pets i did not actually know before. Ie: explaining behaviour in my dog that i passed up as "just being her" to it actually being a dog behaviour that is common. Understanding my animals facial expressions and body language as well. The course improved my skills in understanding my pets better. Michelle Little - Canada

I learned so many things I didn't know before. The information was highly knowledgeable and relevant. I never lost interest, and now I understand animal behaviors. I enjoyed the explanations of why animals do what they do- getting inside their head- very interesting! Also, all course material was easy to use and working online at my own pace really helped around my full-time kennel technician schedule. Abby Bryington - United States

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

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 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

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  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
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  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • 24/7 Access
  • 16247 Students Enrolled
  • 50 Study Hours
  • 45 Days to complete the course
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