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The Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course is designed to teach students all about this rewarding, interesting, and sometimes hard, role; imparting the knowledge needed to prepare you to work in a veterinary surgery.

The role is just as much about people as it is about their pets/animals, and so the course covers not only animal anatomy, but also the emotional expectations of the pet's owners and the role pets take in people's lives. The course covers common pets, handling, first aid, and common illnesses and health signs that you will see in animals.

This Veterinary Assistant Course also covers what every day working life would be like in this role, and how to go about beginning your career, along with information on job interviews, workplace progression, and other important information about working as a Veterinary Assistant.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Whether you currently work with animals or would just like to, the Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course has been created to help you to understand the role and function of a veterinary assistant. The aim is to give students the knowledge they need to be able to make an informed decision on whether they wish to follow a career in this area; moving onto a full-time qualification or work-based training/an apprenticeship.

What You'll Learn from the Veterinary Assistant Diploma

  1. Pets and their People
  2. Animal Care and Welfare
  3. Anatomy and Physiology
  4. Genes and Reproduction
  5. First Aid and Handling
  6. Common Illness and Surgery
  7. Medication and Immunity
  8. Beyond Veterinary Treatment

Odd as it may sound the Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course begins by talking about people: those who bring pets/animals to a veterinary. It is important to understand the complex relationships between animals and people, so the 1st module explains the best ways to communicate with animal owners, both adult and child, as this is integral to understanding the ailment of the patient, as well as making it easier to empathise and help an owner through what can be a very stressful and emotional time.

Of course, fulfilling the role of a Veterinary Assistant involves the care and welfare of animals in a veterinary setting. The 2nd module covers basic animal health, how to care for pets when they are in the surgery and the legal stance that you need to be aware of when caring for pets as a professional. Here students will also learn about the routine examinations and procedures that they will often be asked to help with.

To understand illness, it is important to understand how the body functions normally. The 3rd module in the Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course teaches students the basic anatomy and physiology of mammals in general: covering various structures and systems in their functioning state, along with some of the common ways that they can become dysfunctional.

As a Veterinary Assistant you will come across animals of various genetic makeups and breeding. The 4th module provides students with an understanding of the areas of reproduction and genes, and how these affect the health and well-being of animals.

First aid, both for humans and animals, is something that we all hope never to use but should have a knowledge of, in case an emergency situation occurs. Module 5 of the Veterinary Assistant Course describes how to handle an emergency situation and provide first aid to an animal in need. Also covered here, is the correct way to handle animals in your care, and the importance of adapting to the patient's needs, temperament, and body condition.

The 6th module takes students further into the common problems, treatments and even surgery types that they may be involved in on a regular basis, whilst working as a Vet's Assistant. This provides students with a good idea of what every day working life could be like in the role.

Along with understanding the various procedures that animals may undergo, it is also important to understand the medications that may be prescribed and administered to a patient, along with having a good knowledge of how the immune system works. These are the topics of the 7th module in the Veterinary Assistant Diploma Course.

The final module of the course gives students a wider understanding of the role of a Veterinary Assistant, as it talks about the daily life in the job, the environments you could work in, the roles of others you will likely work alongside, a little about the law, how to prepare for the role, and some tips on how to go about gaining employment.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Veterinary Assistant Diploma will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Pets and their People

  • What Are Pets?
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Resilience
  • Your Human Customers
  • Communication
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Module 1 Exercise

Module 2: Animal Care and Welfare

  • Signs of Health
  • Eyes
  • Nose
  • Teeth
  • Nails
  • Anal Glands
  • The Five Freedoms
  • Initial Examination
  • Canine Vaccinations
  • Infection Types
  • Bacteria
  • Virus
  • Feline Vaccination
  • Rabbit Vaccination
  • Flystrike
  • Zoonosis
  • Parasites
  • External Parasites
  • Internal Parasites
  • Module 2 Exercise

Module 3: Anatomy and Physiology

  • The Skeletal System
  • Arthritis
  • Muscular System
  • CDRM
  • Nervous System
  • CNS Reflex Arc
  • A Voluntary Response
  • An Involuntary Reflex
  • Respiratory System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Tachycardia
  • Lymphatic System
  • Lymphsarcoma
  • Endocrine System
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Addison's Disease
  • Cortisol and Health
  • The Digestive System
  • Organophosphate Ingestion (Poisoning)
  • Urinary System
  • Cats and Kidney Problems
  • Module 3 Exercise

Module 4: Genes and Reproduction

  • What is Meiosis?
  • DNA and RNA
  • Meiosis I
  • Meiosis II
  • Genes
  • Natural/Artificial Selection
  • Stem Cells
  • Module 4 Exercise

Module 5: First Aid and Handling

  • First Aid
  • Danger
  • Response
  • Shout for Help
  • Airway
  • Breathing
  • Human CPR
  • Cat and Dog CPR
  • Circulation
  • Staying Calm
  • Prepare Your Calm in Advance
  • First Aid and the Law
  • Animal Handling
  • Healthy Animals
  • Consultation Handling
  • Sick Animals
  • Module 5 Exercise

Module 6: Common Illness and Surgery

  • Weight Problems
  • Food Allergens
  • Skin Problems
  • Epilepsy
  • Pseudocyesis
  • Neutering
  • Leptospira canicola ICH
  • Fever - Don't Fight It!
  • Idiopathic Vestibular Disease
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • X Rays
  • Blood Testing
  • Euthanasia
  • Module 6 Exercise

Module 7: Medication and Immunity

  • Medication Absorption Terms
  • Absorption
  • Half Life
  • Liver Function
  • The Immune System
  • Antibiotics
  • Antifungal Drugs
  • External Parasite Medications
  • Ear Medications
  • Eye Medications
  • Digestive System Medications
  • Mental Health Medications
  • Anaesthetics
  • Module 7 Exercise

Module 8: Beyond Veterinary Treatment

  • Types of Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Assistant Roles
  • Veterinary Treatment and The Law
  • Daily Life in a Surgery
  • Personal Preparation
  • Finding A Position
  • Interview
  • SMART Interviews
  • STAR
  • Belief and Self-Belief
  • Course Assessment


References and Resources

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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