Veterinary Support Assistant

Many people aspire to work with animals, but it can be difficult to distinguish the reality from the fluffy image. This course gives a firm grounding in reality, with essential skills such as animal handling and restraint, pet psychology and recognizing pain, and working as part of a veterinary team - as well as an understanding of technical terms, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

The Veterinary Support Assistant

The Veterinary Support Assistant (VSA) is a highly capable member of the veterinary team, trained informally within the practice. A VSA is responsible for many crucial jobs within the clinic, such as ensuring good hygiene and sterility, handling animals, and interfacing with clients. Many VSAs use the opportunity to gain valuable experience and go on to qualify as Vet Technicians.

This course is of benefit to anyone with an interest in animal health, working with animals, or wondering if a career in the veterinary environment is right for them. It includes an overview of how veterinary practice works, health and safety, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling techniques, first aid, and coping with emergency situations as well as emotional issues such as euthanasia.

Learn Core Skills Such As:

Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

  • Veterinary terminology
  • Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics
  • Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain
  • Handling the fractious animal safely
  • How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures
  • The importance of disinfection and disease control
  • Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping
  • Basic animal anatomy and physiology
  • Health and Safety regulations
  • Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

The Role of VSA within Veterinary Practice:

When you are in an unfamiliar environment, a veterinary practice can seem a busy, confusing, and intimidating place. The course equips you with information to help you find your feet quickly and make the most of the experience.

  • The structure of veterinary practice
  • Different roles within the veterinary team
  • Confidentiality and professionalism
  • How to learn on the job
  • People skills such as dealing with anxious clients and booking appointments
  • Understanding common procedures
  • Be familiar with commonly used equipment

The Emotional Side

Pets are family members, and when faced with a hard decision in the best interests of their pet’s welfare, many owners become very emotional. The course helps you understand how to deal with this distress, what to expect when a pet is euthanized, and the practicalities involved afterwards.

Handling Emergencies

There may be occasions when you are faced with a pet in urgent need for emergency treatment. The course teaches you how to act whilst waiting for help to arrive

  • Assessing the patient
  • The principles of resuscitation
  • Emergency stabilisation of haemorrhage, breathing difficulties, fractures etc.
  • First aid
  • Your role during an emergency

Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career. Whether you aspire to work in veterinary practice or at a shelter, or wish to investigate the commitment involved, this course gives a sound grounding in the core skills involved.

Step 1


Follow the easy registration process to enroll in your course today.

Step 2


Absorb course content easily with clearly structured information, helpful illustrations and hands on video tutorials. Study anywhere, anytime that suits you within your course duration.

Step 3


Reinforce new learning with assessment of important points at the end of each module.

Step 4


On completion, receive your certificate which confirms your achievement.


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