This introductory course is designed to give you practical understanding of common veterinary nursing procedures. This course is suitable for anyone looking for a ‘foot in the door’ job with a veterinary clinic and who intends to go on and do further study, or even for those interested in basic animal care.
By studying this course, you will gain valuable experience in understanding many aspects of Animal Health Care. Careerline Courses recommends that any student interested in pursuing an animal care career engage in ongoing volunteer work to gain the necessary practical experience.
This course dovetails with many of our other animal care courses such as diagnosing animal diseases, pet care, dog care and others.
- To describe the scope of services offered by animal care services, including veterinary practices.
- Describe common health problems in various animals, including injuries & diseases, causes of ill health problems in family pets
- Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations – natural behaviour of animals, problems in wild animals, and behaviour in domestic animals
- Identify common signs of ill health in different animals – vital signs, the healthy animal, signs & symptoms of disease and diagnose and control of diseases
- Describe the purposes of different facilities used in veterinary practice, the contents of a first-aid kit, suitable enclosures for animals
- Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice, workplace safety issues, aspects of health and safety for veterinary practices
- Describe different administration procedures in veterinary practice, including animal insurance, legal considerations, day to day management of a veterinary office
- Describe/select first aid procedures/treatments for different animals in response to common health problems in animals, identify types of wounds and suitable treatments
- Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals, including nutrition & preventative medicine, preventing ill health through correct management, vaccinations
- To develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals such as de-sexing, managing a pregnancy and euthanasia
- To develop a broader awareness of health problems and their treatment in domestic pets, discuss ticks and tick borne diseases, Australian animals, birds, reptiles, and fish
- To develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment, planning a recovery and animal nursing