Veterinary Administrative Assistant

Course Aim
Students will gain comprehensive knowledge in the fundamental aspects of the veterinary industry.
Of Interest To
This course is of interest to individuals actively pursuing VAA training as part of their life-long career journey. It is designed to provide the opportunity for students to develop the skills required to offer administrative support within the veterinary industry.
Method of Delivery
Online Learning Supported by a Qualified College Facilitator.

Course Introduction

Veterinary Administrative Assistant Level 1 (VAA 1) introduces the student to the medical terms essential for knowledge in the role of a VAA in today’s Veterinary industry. VAA 1 explores medical terminology, understanding the animal body and its structure, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the integumentary system, the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems, the respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, the genitourinary system, the endocrine system, the special senses, and the immune system. This course consists of 100 hours of daily learning sessions.

Veterinary Administrative Assistant Level 2 (VAA 2) continues training for the role of a VAA in today’s Veterinary industry. VAA 2 explores dog breeding and breeds, cat breeding and breeds, common diseases of dogs and cats, reproduction of dogs and cats, behaviour and nutrition of dogs and cats, restraint of horses, large and farm animal breeds, feeding of cattle, housing and herd health of swine, common diseases of small ruminants, nutrition of rodents and rabbits, injuries of birds, and client care. This course consists of 100 hours of daily learning sessions.

Veterinary Administrative Assistant Level 3 (VAA 3) continues training for the role of a VAA in today’s Veterinary industry. VAA 3 will explore topics such as the veterinary profession, office procedures, client relations, animal behaviour and restraint, pharmacology, animal care and surgery, husbandry, laboratory procedures, and diagnostic imaging. This course consists of 100 hours of daily learning sessions.

Course Prerequisites

  • Basic knowledge of computers, internet, and software installation is required
  • Understanding of medical terminology and the veterinary industry is strongly preferred.

Course Notes

Students are supplied with textbooks for ongoing reference. In addition to quizzes, tests, and assignments, there is a final exam upon completion of the course. Students must achieve a mark of 75% overall and on the final exam to successfully complete the course.

Course Breakdown

Level 1

Medical Terminology

Students are introduced to topics related to Veterinary terminology. They will be able to apply the terminology that they learned in a veterinary setting. An important aspect of learning terminology is to learn the correct pronunciation and proper spelling of veterinary terms. Students will learn to memorize word parts and their meanings and then recognize and use medical words correctly.

Body Systems Part 1

Understanding body structure and the systems that support, move, and protect it. Students will also talk about the branches of science that deal with the study of the animal body and body structure development. Student will have an opportunity to develop knowledge in the skeletal system and its function as a supporting framework for the body, the muscular system which produces body movement, and the integumentary system which includes skin and hair.

Body Systems Part 2

Students will understand the inner workings of the body, specifically the cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems Students will learn the functions pertaining to the circulation of the blood in animals. They will also discuss the respiratory system and its importance in providing the body with oxygen and the elimination of waste gases from cell metabolism. The gastrointestinal system and digestive organs will also be explained.

Body Systems Part 3

This module will give the student an opportunity to understand more systems that describe the internal workings of the body. The genitourinary, endocrine, special senses, and immune systems will be discussed.

Level 2

Dogs and Cats

Students will be introduced to topics related to dogs and cats. The natural history of the link between dogs, cats, and humans, and the social and psychological reasons for having them as pets and companions. This includes overviews of both canines and felines and cover topics such as breeding and breeds, reproduction, behaviour, nutrition, and diseases.

Equine and Cattle

Students will be given an opportunity to understand the horse and equine industry. Topics of breeding, types of breeds, titles, feeding, restraint, healthcare, diseases, and more will be covered. They will also have an understanding of the importance of the cattle industry, such as the by-products they produce and the necessities they provide. The topics of breeds, housing, feeding, reproduction, milk production, and more will be covered.

Swine and Small Ruminants

Students in this module will learn about the swine industry. Focus will be on breeds, behaviour, housing, feeding, restraint, herd health, and pigs as pets.They will also learn about small ruminants such as sheep, goats, and llamas. Students will review topics such as small ruminant management and healthcare practices, which vary based on the function of the animal.

Exotics and Birds

Small mammals, exotic species, and avian animals are topics that will be discussed in this module as well as rodents, rabbits, and birds. Students will also cover housing, nutrition, restraint, handling, avian anatomy, avian behaviour, avian grooming, avian physical examination, and more.

Level 3

Office Procedures

Understanding and defining database relationships, viewing existing database relationships, viewing data in related tables and enforcing referential integrity, and modifying table design.

Behavior, Restraint, Husbandry, and Nutrition

Students are given an opportunity to understand the behaviour, restraint, husbandry, and nutrition of animals. They will also gain knowledge of the behaviour traits of dogs and cats, focusing on their destructive and aggressive behaviours. Methods of restraint will also be covered. Students will learn about housing, identification, nutrition, and feeding considerations for dogs and cats. Their common diseases will also be major topics of discussion.

Animal Care, Pharmacology, and Surgery

Students will learn about nursing, animal care, physical examinations, grooming, and first aid care and reasons why people bring their pets to the veterinary clinic. They will also learn basic information regarding pharmacology in the veterinary clinic. Students will learn the types of medication to treat illnesses or to sustain the quality of life in animals. Common surgical procedures, as well as asepsis, and preoperative and postoperative care will also be discussed.

The Laboratory and Diagnostic Imaging

Students will be covering Laboratory procedures and diagnostic imaging in this module. They will learn how to assist in the proper diagnosis of diseases and conditions affecting animals, as well as taking part in sending samples to a laboratory for testing. They will also look at different diagnostic imaging techniques including x-rays, ultrasound, endoscopy, and magnetic resonance imaging.