A female veterinary assistant holding a dog.

Key Areas and Course Topics

This program will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to pursue certification including the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. This course covers the following key areas and topics:

  • Obtaining and recording patient information
  • Preparing patients, instruments and equipment for surgery
  • Collecting samples and perform certain lab procedures
  • Dressing wounds; assisting in diagnostic and medical procedures
  • Communicating with animal owners; and feeding and caring for animals

Detailed Course Topics Covered

  • Veterminology; Anatomy & Physiology
  • Veterinary ethics; patient care & communication
  • Assisting with veterinary procedures and surgery
  • Nursing care of hospitalized animals and administering medications as directed
  • Applying bandages and splints
  • Sterilizing instruments; microbiology, cytology, parasitology and serology; lab tests
  • IV initiation and fluid therapy
  • Veterinary pharmacology & filling prescriptions
  • Understanding animal behavior
  • AKC, common canine and feline breeds
  • Office procedures, booking appointments, billing and collections; Interact with animals and their owners; obtain animal health histories and records; recognize signs and symptoms of illness and disease in animals
  • Veterinary facility cleanliness and orderliness
  • Health hazards in the veterinary practice
  • Restraining and transporting animals to/from cages and stalls; bathing & exercising animals