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About This Course

This course is ideal for anyone assisting in a veterinary practice part-time or at the weekend, if you are considering working towards a career in a veterinary practice, or for anyone caring for ill and recovering animals at home.

Syllabus

Lesson 1: Welcome To the Course and Preparing for Employment

 The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Introduction and course structure
  • Benefits of this course and getting the most out of this course 
  • Veterinary Nurses and Nursing Assistants
  • Preparing for employment 

 Lesson 2: Veterinary Medical Terminology


The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Veterinary words in easy bites
  • Abbreviations and Acronyms
  • Glossary of veterinary terms


Lesson 3: Basic Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology Part One

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Cardiovascular system 
  • Major body cavities 
  • Skeletal structure 
  • Tissue structure and shape 

 Lesson 4: Basic Small Animal Anatomy and Physiology Part Two

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Digestive and excretory systems 
  • Respiratory systems 
  • Endocrine glands 
  • Nervous system 

Lesson 5: Handling Animals 

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Approaching an animal
  • Typical restraints and handling equipment
  • Behaviour
  • Correct dog and cat handling methods
  • Exotic handling 

 Lesson 6: Animal Diet and Nutrition  

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Importance of nutrition 
  • Types of food
  • Nutrients
  • Stages of life
  • Nutritional support

 Lesson 7: Animal Disease Part One

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease

Lesson 8: Animal Disease Part Two

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Skeletal diseases
  • Skin diseases and parasites
  • Infectious diseases
  • Other common illnesses

Lesson 9: Small Animal Emergency Nursing Part One  

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Aims
  • Assessment
  • Animal first aid kit
  • ABC and CPR
  • Handling a first aid patient
  • Shock

Lesson 10: Small Animal Emergency Nursing Part Two

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Fractures
  • Bites and stings
  • Wounds and burns
  • Poisoning and fitting
  • Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

Lesson 11: Infection Control

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Importance of infection control
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Cleaning and Disinfection
  • Sterilisation
  • Hand Hygiene
  • Isolation of an infecious animal
  • Waste 

Lesson 12: Diagnostic Tests Used by Vets

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Radiography
  • Ultrasound
  • Radiography or ultrasound?
  • MRI scanning in animals
  • Blood Tests
  • Urine Tests

Lesson 13: Care of Ill Animals

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Monitoring
  • Temperature, pulse and respiration 
  • Basic care of inpatients
  • How do vets give animals medicine? 
  • Administering oral, ear and eye medication
  • How vets manage fluid levels

Lesson 14: Operation Care

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Veterinary anaesthesia    
  • Common veterinary surgical procedures
  • Schedule 3 Procedures
  • Sterile Field
  • Surgical instruments
  • Pre-op preparation
  • Post-op care


Lesson 15: Euthanasia

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Reasons for euthanasia
  • Making the decision
  • Euthanasia process
  • Euthanasia of exotic pets
  • Signs of a dying animal
  • Signs of death
  • Burial and cremation
  • The animals left behind

Lesson 16: Safety and Welfare

The subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Health and Safety laws and regulations
  • Hazards
  • Signs
  • Zoonosis
  • Safety tips
  • Animal rescue and welfare organisations
  • A veterinary nurse's code of conduct

Accreditation

This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.

 

Assessment

At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

Course Outcomes

Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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