Do you see yourself working alongside a veterinarian, providing care and compassion to both animals and owners. This course introduces you to the fascinating world of vet nursing, where you can turn your compassion for animals into a rewarding career.
"Really enjoying the course! Keeping me busy and very enjoyable. I’ve learnt so much in such a short time. I can’t wait to pursue a career in this industry; it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I’m very glad this course was recommended to me, I’ll be recommending it to my friends and family too." - Mikala
Study our Veterinary Assistant Advanced Certificate and learn the skills and knowledge required to become a Veterinary Assistant.
The Veterinary Assistant Advanced Certificate prepares you to work closely with veterinarians to provide both routine and emergency care. This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to work with animals in a variety of roles in the industry. You may perform tasks such as feeding animals, monitoring their weight, cleaning their cages, administering medications, and nursing the animal after procedures. This online course offers you the different critical skill sets and competencies to become a confident and effective support worker in animal care.
Our animal and welfare courses will equip you with the necessary skills to deliver care in a veterinary clinic. Skills covered include caring for pets such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits, reptiles and rodents, identifying signs of ill health and problems in domestic pets and managing administration services in a veterinary clinic. Honing these critical skills will give you the confidence and knowledge to become an effective Veterinary Assistant.
What will you learn with our Veterinary Assistant Online Course?
Understand how an animal perceives and responds to stimuli
Care for pets such as dogs, cats, birds, fish, rabbits, reptiles and rodents
Identify signs of ill health and problems in domestic pets
Administer animal first aid
Understand a variety of animal diseases
Identify the factors that affect animal behaviour
Manage administration services in a veterinary clinic
This Veterinary Assistant Advanced Certificate includes all the topics from these following courses:
This industry leading course also includes our brand NEW Celebrity Mentor Series, a video learning "masterclass" hosted by Dr Kate Adams from Bondi VET. Head veterinarian and owner of Bondi Vet, you may have seen her on TV in the hit series Bondi VET. Dr Kate is also the Founder of Sydney tech startup, Thankly, and Director for Cannpal Pet Therapeutics. She is one of Australia’s most well known media vets and a leading expert in animal health care. Our new mentor series is designed so you can sit back, relax and enjoy a very personal tutorial with one of the industries leading experts. Check out a sneak peek here:
There has never been a better time to work in the vet nursing industry. According to the Government's JobOutlook website there is strong growth with around 9,000 job openings over the next 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year). Veterinary nurses have prospects all over Australia and New Zealand, including strong demand in regional areas. A career in this industry also offers plenty of part time opportunities with around half of all vet nurses employed on a part time basis.
Working in veterinary nursing is extremely practical and hands-on. It's suited to people that are passionate about animals, who enjoy helping or providing a service, but who are also analytical and can search for facts and follow procedures. The role includes tasks such as holding animals to allow veterinarians to conduct examinations, giving medicines to animals and providing advice and care to both animal patients and owners.
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Delivered 100% online, no classroom required
Instant access (simply enrol online, anytime)
Assessments are short answer and multiple choice
Fast turnaround on marking (within 1 business day)
One on one tutor support
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There are no formal requirements to do this course.
This Veterinary Assistant Online is designed for people with little or no prior experience in the animal industry who would like to start a career as a full-time or part-time veterinary assistant or nurse. The course is delivered 100 percent online 24/7 and takes 290 hours of study to complete.
To successfully complete this course, a student must:
Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources
Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)
Be a self-directed learner
Possess sound language and literacy skills
Module One: Pet Care
An Introduction to Pet Care
Provide Basic Care for Cats
Provide Basic Care for Dogs
Provide Basic Care for Freshwater Fish
Provide Basic Care for Birds
Provide Basic Care for Reptiles and Amphibians
Provide Basic Care for Rodents and Rabbits
Provide Dog Grooming Service
Module Two: Animal Health Care
Taking Care of your Animals
Common Health Issues in Domestic Pets
Identify and Respond to Animal Behaviour
Basic First Aid for Animals
Routine Health Care for Animals
Rehabilitation of Domestic Animals
Maintain and Monitor Animal Health and Well-being
Common Health Problems in Farm Animals
Working in Veterinary Services
Administration Services for the Veterinary Service
Safety in Veterinary Services
A Day in the Life of A Veterinarian
Module Three: Animal Diseases
Assist in Health Care of Animals
Veterinary Diagnostic Sample Collection
Comply with Infection Control Policies and Procedures in Animal Work
Controlling Bacterial and Fungal Diseases in Animals
Implementing Animal Health Control Programs
Provide Nutritional Advice and Support for Animals
Domestic Animal Toxicology
Inherited Disorders of Dogs, Cats and Horses
Other Conditions and Disorders
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If you’ve ever thought what it would be like to be working alongside an experienced veterinarian, providing loving care to animals and guidance to concerned owners, then our Veterinary Assistant Advanced course could be the key to making your dreams become reality. Introducing students to a rewarding career in vet nursing, you’ll learn everything from pet first aid to animal behaviour and take the first step to a fulfilling career in animal medicine.
As part of this vet assistant course, you’ll get to learn why animals behave the way they do, as well as the basics of animal diseases. You’ll also get to understand animal perception and how a range of animals such as cats, dogs, reptiles and fish respond to stimuli. Ultimately though, you’ll get to know how to care for them and nurse them back to health.
There are other vet nurse courses online, but this one is amongst the most comprehensive and is perfect for anyone without prior experience who is looking to pursue a career as a veterinary assistant. Once completed, you’ll also have a firm understanding of:
As well as being a career that’s rewarding for those who love animals, a job as a veterinary assistant is one that has a great deal of opportunity for progression and specialisation.
In terms of job security and career longevity, there has never been a better time to take a vet course online, as there is high demand predicted for those with the requisite skills in the near future. According to the JobOutlook Website run by the Australian government, there are set to be in the region of 9,000 job openings over the next 5 years.
Wherever you are in Australia, the prospects for veterinary assistants are very good with lots of both full time and part-time opportunities available. It’s a very hands-on role that is suited to those who have a passion for animal welfare, as well as to people who gain satisfaction in providing a valuable service to animals and owners alike.
One of the many great things about enrolling on a vet assistant course is that it opens up a range of career pathways within the industry. Whilst our vet assistant course prepares you for roles assisting in veterinary surgeries, it does not limit you to this particular career trajectory.
You could choose to be an animal attendant who looks after the day to day needs of animals in enclosures by cleaning out, feeding and grooming them. Or you could decide that animal welfare is your ideal career path, as you go out into the field and ensure that animals are being looked after properly.
Or what about working as an animal carer in a kennel, cattery or specialist pet shop? The opportunities in the industry are numerous, as caring for animals can take many forms and they’re all open to those who complete the veterinary assistant advanced course.
Our vet assistant course is a comprehensive one and it deals with a variety of animal topics. In addition to the subjects already mentioned, you’ll cover a myriad of topics:
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