This training program combines a two course training track:Veterinary Medical Terminology Veterinary AssistantVeterinary Assistant training can help you make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them. Our course prepare you for a rewarding career working as a veterinary assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, zoo, university or other environment that requires a background in animal sciences. This provides a well-rounded, complete approach to learning the skills required in the field of veterinary assisting. The course begins with basic skills such as veterinary medical terminology and office procedures, and progresses to more advanced skills such as nursing care and radiology. There are sections covering companion animals, large animals, and exotic animals. Clinical scenarios are provided in this course to help demonstrate application of the skills to real world practice.
At the completion of this course you should be able to:
Comprehend the core elements of veterinary medical terminology
Identify the steps to analyze prefixes and suffixes
Comprehend the function and structure of systems of the body
Identify common anatomical terminology for various animals
Recall terms to describe procedures performed on various systems of the body to treat injury and disease
Comprehend the core elements of veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations
Identify the steps to perform basic pet health care and maintenance
Identify the steps to identify various breeds and species
Comprehend systems of the animal body and their diseases
Define common behavior and ways to prevent behavior problems
Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is concentrated in veterinary services, an industry that is expected to grow very quickly during the projection decade. Fast industry growth will be spurred by a growing pet population and advancements in veterinary medicine. Although veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers will be needed to assist veterinarians and other veterinary care staff, some veterinary practices are expected to increasingly replace veterinary assistants with higher skilled veterinary technicians and technologists, thus slowing the demand for veterinary assistants.
NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
What are my payment options?
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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?
By successfully completing a course through one of our college or university partners the student is awarded a Certificate of Completion from the institution. If there is a state or national exam that the course is preparing a student for, the proper certifying body will be indicated and that association will proctor and award any type of certification. This is the student’s responsibility, although ECA is here to help guide our students in the right direction.
Does this course translate in to college credit?
Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.
How long do access to my complete my course?
Access will begin on your start date and end on your end date unless otherwise specified. If you are falling behind in your course please contact an Education Consultant to talk about your options.
When are the course start dates?
The course start dates are determined by the student due to open-enrollment.
Is the Certification exam included in the course?
The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.
Upon successful completion of our Veterinary Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Veterinary Assistant and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Animal Care Worker (CACW). NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
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