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Externship Courses

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

Veterinary Assistant students perform 140 hours of work experience (externship). The externship consists of unpaid work experience which combines preparing patients and assisting the veterinarian. Students will perform functions in a veterinarian’s office, hospital, clinic, or clinical laboratory site under the supervision of appropriate personnel. The Veterinary Assistant Externship also counts as job experience. When the student has gained a better understanding of what is expected of a Veterinary Assistant, it is important that you progress to working within an […]


Records & Regulatory Issue Courses

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

The student shall be provided the opportunity to study the principles of health regulations for interstate and international movements of animals as enforced by state and federal regulatory agencies. Provide the student with control measures for rabies to include why it is reportable and to what entity and the regulations for rabies to prevent its spread to humans. Pullorum-Typhoid, Avian Influenza, Exotic Newcastle Disease to include the prevalence of fowl diseases and the regulations to prevent is spread. Acquaint the […]


First-Aid, Emergency Management & Surgical Procedures

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

The student shall be provided the opportunity to study first-aid procedures for medical treatments of injured patients. This shall include treatment of cuts and abrasions on the skin, techniques for cleaning cuts and abrasions of the skin, procedures to provide comfort to an injured animal, techniques to control external bleeding, techniques to support a broken leg, describe artificial respiration procedures. Additional the student will study phases of emergency manage for disease outbreaks in animal populations to include potential occurrences of […]


Principles & Methods Of Disease Control Course

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The student shall be provided the opportunity to study principles and management practices as preventative measures against disease to foster optimum health of animals. This will include the sources of diseases, transmission of diseases and resistance and immunity of animals against diseases. The study will start with various therapies including drug and chemical therapy, nutritional therapy, physical therapy, supportive therapy and surgical therapy. Next we shall study the nutritional management to control internal parasites, the sanitation management to control internal […]


Pharmacology & Examination Procedure Course

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

The student will study the fundamentals of pharmacology including recognition, calculation, labeling, packaging, and administration of common veterinary drugs, biologics, and therapeutic agents. Discussion of normal and abnormal responses to these agents will be included in this course.  In addition, the student will study the calculation and measurement of medication dosages and techniques and routes of administration of medication to patients. The student will be introduced to the techniques used in physical examinations. The will learn the importance of and […]


VALP Laboratory Procedures Courses

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

This module starts with sterilization, antiseptic, and disinfection techniques. Student will learn how to utilize correct sterilization and antiseptic techniques, distinguish between sterilization and antiseptics. Students will list the characteristics of the ideal antiseptic, describe sterilizing agents and rank their effectiveness, and learn the relationship of time/temperature in destroying microorganisms. The student will study the disinfection process and utilize correct disinfection techniques for surgical suites and instruments. Student will learn proper glove and gowning techniques and disposal of same. The […]


Infectious And Non-Infectious Disease Courses

  • Posted by westech on November 29, 2012 in Blog /

The student shall be provided the opportunity to study the anatomy and physiology of animals including the various systems of the body. The student shall study the causative agents and risk factors of infection diseases of animals. This shall include viruses, bacteria, and parasites in the digestive system. In addition the student shall study the effects of infectious diseases of the respiratory and reproductive systems caused by viruses, bacteria and parasites. Students will learn about infectious diseases of the integumentary […]


Handling And Restraining Animal Courses

  • Posted by westech on November 28, 2012 in Blog /

The student will learn how to care for patients in a veterinary practice. The student will study sanitation, bedding and housing techniques. The student will study normal and abnormal animal behavior. The student shall study the importance of properly handling and restraining animals in a veterinary practice by discussing the safety purpose of proper restraint to prevent harm to the patient and handler. This will include using ropes and learning the tying of knots used in the restraining of animals […]


Microsoft Office 2007 VAMS Course

  • Posted by westech on November 28, 2012 in Blog /

Students build on their keyboarding and word processing skills by using such programs as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, as well as writing a resume and developing the self-directed job search process by identifying and demonstrating what a successful job interview contains and how to answer common interview questions accurately. Bookkeeping portion emphasizes on accounting in the veterinary office, interviewing the client and taking the patient’s history and documenting information as well as manual bookkeeping and back reconciliation.


Practice Management & Client Relation Course

  • Posted by westech on November 28, 2012 in Blog /

The profession of Veterinary Assistant will be explored and the career opportunities available to the student. Students will study the changing relationships between people and animals in society, current issues and legislation regarding animal rights and animal welfare, the student will have the opportunity to study the office procedures employed in a veterinary practice. The students shall learn proper client protocol and the interpersonal techniques to use when dealing with clients. The student shall have the opportunity to practice proper […]


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