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Veterinary Assistant

Working as a veterinary assistant is a rewarding career choice for those who have a genuine concern for the welfare of animals. Stratford's Veterinary Assistant course can help you turn your passion into a fulfilling career working with animals.

Students can learn about a number of veterinary assistant duties and jobs related to caring for a wide variety of animals ranging from small and large animals to exotic pets and wild animals. Human relations for the veterinary assistant, medical terminology, and veterinary technology are also covered.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for a veterinary assistant is $29,930. The number of jobs is projected to increase by 16% through 2029 which is much faster than average.*
Studies in Human Relations for Veterinary Assistants
• Human Relations Defined
• Foundations of Human Behavior
• The Process of Socialization
• Social Issues in the Workplace
• Attitudes for Human Relations Success
• Stress and Frustration
• Common Errors of Workplace Social Interaction

The Veterinary Assistant Career and Medical Terminology
• A Career as an Animal Caretaker Specialist
• Your Role on the Veterinary Team
• The History of Veterinary Medicine
• Understanding Veterinary Terminology
• Body Structure and Organization
• Essential Life Support: The Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
• Processing Nutrients and Waste: The Digestive and Urinary Systems
• Structure, Movement, and Support: The Musculoskeletal System and Skin
• Perception and Coordination: The Nervous and Sensory Systems
• Survival of the Species: The Reproductive System
• Terms Used in Pharmacology

Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• Introduction to Animal Anatomy and Physiology
• The Skin and Accessory Structures
• The Musculoskeletal System
• The Cardiovascular System and the Blood
• The Lymphatic, Respiratory and Digestive Systems
• The Urinary and Reproductive Systems
• The Nervous and Sensory Systems
• The Endocrine System

Animal Communication, Behavior, and Restraint
• Introduction to Domestic Animal Behavior, Communication, and Restraint
• The Handling and Restraint of Domestic Animals
• Neighs, Purrs, Barks, and Bleats: How Animals Communicate
• Signs of Aggression
• Handling and Restraint Techniques of Dogs, Cats, Horses, Cattle, Swine, Sheep, and Goats

Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Small Animal Practice
• Communication and Client Relations
• Office Procedures
• Medical Recordkeeping
• Routine Animal Care
• Common Diseases and Conditions of Cats and Dogs
• Small Animal Nursing
• Surgical Preparation and Assisting
• Pharmacy and Pharmacology
• Laboratory Procedures and Recordkeeping
• Radiology and Ultrasound Imaging
• Equipment and Facility Maintenance and Safety

Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Large Animal Practice
• Large Animal Practice of Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Swine
• Large Animal Clinical Examinations
• Emergency and Critical Care

Veterinary Assistant Tasks in Exotic Pets and Wild Animals
• What Are Exotic Pets?
• Overview of Reptiles and Amphibians
• Snakes, Ferrets, Rabbits, and Guinea Pigs
• General Guidelines for the Capture and Handling of Wild Animals
• Wildlife Care
• Small Wild Mammals
• Large Rodents
• Wild Canines, Wild Cats
• Bears
• Hoofed Animals

Most veterinary technician jobs require individuals to have an associate's degree. Stratford's veterinary assistant course is a career training course and is not meant to replace veterinary technician jobs certification/training requirements.

This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject. Completion of this program does not fulfill the legal requirements of particular state licenses or certifications, which may require additional training or apprenticeships.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the course material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021 Edition
Veterinary Assistant Program

"SCI gave me a lot of information that I know I can use in my job. It helped me out in knowing that I can pursue a job that I can enjoy."

Amy N.

"Stratford Career Institute has helped me in achieving my goals to become a veterinary assistant. I am grateful for SCI."

Amber D.