Veterinary Assistant

Take advantage of CSM's professional development training for veterinary assistants in less than one year. The Veterinary Assistant program gets students into the field quickly. This certificate will afford students ‘better than a foot in the door' opportunities at vet clinics, animal sanctuaries, etc.

Veterinary Assistants feed, water, disinfect cages and work areas, sterilize laboratory and surgical equipment, provide routine post-operative care, and administer medication orally or topically as directed. Veterinary Technicians have knowledge of the medical equipment (such as x-ray machines, heart machines, etc.), administer inoculations, prepare and restrain animals during procedures, suture and dress wounds, and advise pet owners on proper care. Veterinarians perform medical tests in a laboratory environment for use in the treatment and diagnosis of diseases in animals. Besides preparing serums for prevention of diseases, a veterinarian assistant prepares tissue samples, takes blood samples, and executes laboratory tests, such as urinalysis and blood counts.

This continuing education certificate consists of the following courses:

  • SCI-7090 Veterinary Assistant Preparation Course
  • SCI-7100 Veterinary Assistant I: Client Relations and Exam Room Procedures
  • SCI-7110 Veterinary Assistant II: Diagnostic/Pharmacy
  • SCI-7120 Veterinary Assistant III: Patient Care and Nursing
  • SCI-7130 Veterinary Assistant IV: Surgery, Anesthesia, and Emergency Care

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SCI-7090 Veterinary Assistant Preparation Course

Brush up on your basic skills and prepare to start your classroom and lab training to become a veterinary assistant. This 9-hour preliminary course is required for ALL students who wish to take the veterinary assistant series of courses. Topics include: problem solving skills, written and verbal communication, math for medications, confidentiality, professionalism, ethics, and classroom and lab conduct. Must be 18 years of age or older and successfully pass this course in order to move on to the veterinary assistant series.

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SCI-7100 Veterinary Assistant I: Client Relations and Exam Room Procedures

Students will be provided with training in basic veterinary medicine and effective client communications. Topics will include: history of the profession, educational requirements of staff, ethics and client confidentiality, client interaction, physical exam, animal restraint/handling, patient history, exam room procedures, and standard operating procedures of a small business. In addition, learn about the most common animal diseases and their vaccinations. This non-credit course is second in a series of five classes offered for a CSM Continuing Education Veterinary Assistant certificate. Course consists of 15 classroom hours and 6 lab hours. Must be 18 years of age to register for the Veterinary Assistant Series. Classroom hours will be on Thursday nights at the designated campus that you registered for. Lab hours will be at La Plata Campus on Tuesday nights with specific weeks and time TBD.

Prerequisite: SCI-7090 Veterinary Assistant Preparation Course

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SCI-7110 Veterinary Assistant II: Diagnostic/Pharmacy

Students will be introduced to basic animal anatomy and physiology along with diagnostic laboratory procedures. Topics will include: assisting the doctor during diagnosis, basic terminology, drug classifications and their use in treatment, parasitology and introduction to radiology physics, patient positioning and other diagnostic imaging. This non-credit class is third in a series of five classes offered for a CSM Continuing Education Veterinary Assistant certificate. Course consists of 27 classroom hours and 14 lab hours). Must be 18 years of age to register for the Veterinary Assistant Series. Classroom hours will be on Thursday nights at the designated campus that you registered for. Lab hours will be at the La Plata Campus on Tuesday nights with specific weeks and time TBD.

Prerequisite: SCI-7100 Veterinary Assistant I: Client Relations and Exam Room Procedures

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SCI-7120 Veterinary Assistant III: Patient Care and Nursing

Students will be introduced to a broad range of clinical topics and issues related to patient care and hospitalization along with exotic pet care and requirements. Topics include nutrition, medical, and nursing for hospitalized patient. This non-credit class is forth in a series of five classes that earns a Continuing Education Veterinary Assistant certificate. Course consists of 27 classroom hours and 14 lab hours. Must be 18 years of age to register for the Veterinary Assistant Series. Classroom hours will be on Thursday nights at the designated campus that you registered for. Lab hours will be at La Plata Campus on Tuesday nights with specific weeks and time TBD.

Prerequisite: SCI-7110 Veterinary Assistant II: Diagnostic/Pharmacy

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SCI-7130 Veterinary Assistant IV: Surgery, Anesthesia, and Emergency Care

Students will be introduced to a broad range of clinical topics and issues related to patient care and hospitalization along with exotic pet care requirements. Topics include nutrition, medical, and nursing for hospitalized patient. This non-credit class is fifth in a series of five classes that earns a Continuing Education Veterinary Assistant certificate. Course consists of 27 classroom hours and 14 lab hours. Must be 18 years of age to register for the Veterinary Assistant Series. Classroom hours will be on Thursday nights at the designated campus that you registered for. Lab hours will be at La Plata Campus on Tuesday nights with specific weeks and time TBD.

Prerequisite: SCI-7120 Veterinary Assistant III: Patient Care and Nursing

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