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Medical & Healthcare Programs ►Veterinary Office Assistant Specialist Certificate Program


Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity



This training program combines a two course training track:

  • Veterinary Medical Terminology
  • Veterinary Office Assistant

The Veterinary Office Assistant handles daily administrative duties of the veterinary team. This course outlines step-by-step instructions for completing these daily tasks such as scheduling appointments, billing and accounting, communicating effectively and compassionately with clients, managing medical records, budgeting, marketing, managing inventory, using outside diagnostic laboratory services, and more. Make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them while working as a Veterinary Office Assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, zoo, or university.


The Job Outlook

Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is expected to grow 14 percent from 2010 to 2020, as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers is concentrated in veterinary services, an industry that is expected to grow very quickly during the projection decade. Fast industry growth will be spurred by a growing pet population and advancements in veterinary medicine. Although veterinary assistants and laboratory animal caretakers will be needed to assist veterinarians and other veterinary care staff, some veterinary practices are expected to increasingly replace veterinary assistants with higher skilled veterinary technicians and technologists, thus slowing the demand for veterinary assistants.

NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


Veterinary Medical Terminology 225 Hours


Veterinary Medical Terminology provides a visual approach to learning medical terms and understanding the basics of veterinary medicine. A systematic process of breaking down medical terms into their component parts allows readers to comprehend the root medical concepts and apply critical thinking skills when faced with new and unfamiliar medical terminology. Case studies exemplify how medical terminology would be experienced in an actual veterinary practice.

The software provided with this course makes review of the concepts fun through use of interactive games and audio pronunciation of the terms.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Comprehend the core elements of veterinary medical terminology
  • Identify the steps to analyze prefixes and suffixes
  • Comprehend the function and structure of systems of the body
  • Identify common anatomical terminology for various animals
  • Recall terms to describe procedures performed on various systems of the body to treat injury and disease

Veterinary Office Assistant 180 Hours


The Veterinary Office Assistant handles daily administrative duties of the veterinary team. This course outlines step-by-step instructions for completing these daily tasks such as scheduling appointments, billing and accounting, communicating effectively and compassionately with clients, managing medical records, budgeting, marketing, managing inventory, using outside diagnostic laboratory services, and more. Make a difference in the lives of animals and the people who love them while working as a Veterinary Office Assistant in a veterinary hospital, animal shelter, zoo, or university.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the roles of the veterinary office team
  • Identify the elements of the veterinary practice as a business
  • Comprehend strategies for managing client relations
  • Identify systems for managing client records, inventory, and budgets
  • Identify common veterinary procedures, diseases, and treatments

NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.


Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 1

Introduction to Medical Terminology

  • Anatomy of a Medical Term
  • Prefixes & Suffixes
  • Combining Vowels & Forms
  • Analyzing Medical Terms
  • General Pronunciation Guidelines
  • Positions & Planes
  • Grouping Things Together
  • Labeling a Diagram
  • The Skeletal System
  • Function & Structure of the Skeletal System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Skeletal System
  • The Muscular System
  • Function & Structure of the Muscular System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Muscular System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 2

Common Anatomical Terms

  • Two Words, Same Meaning
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Equine
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Cattle
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Goats
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Sheep
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Swine
  • Common Anatomical Terms for Dogs & Cats
  • The Digestive System
  • Function & Structure of the Digestive System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Digestive System
  • The Urinary System
  • Function & Structure of the Urinary System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Urinary System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 3

Body Systems - Part 1

  • The Cardiovascular System
  • Function & Structure of the Cardiovascular System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Cardiovascular System
  • The Respiratory System
  • Function & Structure of the Respiratory System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Respiratory System
  • The Integumentary System
  • Function & Structure of the Integumentary System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Integumentary System
  • The Endocrine System
  • Function & Structure of the Endocrine System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Endocrine System

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 4

Body Systems - Part 2

  • The Reproductive System
  • Function & Structure of the Reproductive System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Reproductive System
  • The Estrous Cycle
  • Mating, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • The Nervous System
  • Function & Structure of the Nervous System
  • Central Nervous System
  • Peripheral Nervous System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Nervous System
  • Function & Structure of the Eye
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Eyes
  • Function & Structure of the Ear
  • Mechanism of Hearing
  • Mechanism of Equilibrium
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Ears

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 5

Systems & Diseases

  • The Hematologic System
  • Pathology of the Hematologic System
  • The Lymphatic System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Lymphatic System
  • The Immune System
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Immune System
  • Oncology
  • Pathology & Procedures of the Oncology
  • Basic Physical Examination
  • Laboratory Terminology
  • Pathogenic Organisms
  • Types of Diseases
  • Endoscopy
  • Imaging Techniques
  • Pharmacologic Terms
  • Surgical Terms

Veterinary Medical Terminology Module 6

Dealing with Specific Animals

  • Anatomy, Breeding, & Vaccinations
  • Dogs & Cats
  • Descriptive Terms
  • Horses, Donkeys, Mules, and Ponies
  • Mode of Movement
  • Markings, Equipment, and Management Terms
  • Terms for Unsoundness in Horses
  • Ruminants: Cattle, Sheep, Goats, and Camelids
  • Pigs and Swine Management Terms
  • Equipment and Industry Terms
  • Birds, Poultry, and Pet Bird Terms
  • Rodents, Ferrets, and Rabbits
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

Certification

Upon successful completion of our Veterinary Office Assistant course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a Veterinary Office Assistant and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Veterinary Office Assistant (CVOA). Fee is included for the NCCB exam.


Materials Included:

  • An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology by Janet Amundson  Romich


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