Within this Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3 qualification you will gain the knowledge needed to work as a support assistant in a Veterinary Practice. You will learn to assist with everyday handling and care of animals that require treatment by a vet. Working in a veterinary surgery is a very rewarding career. You’ll be helping those that can’t help themselves and can’t tell you why or where they are suffering. This course will first help you understand the different roles within a veterinary practice and the legalities involved; before diving headfirst into the fascinating world of the anatomy and physiology of cats and dogs. The rest of the Veterinary Support Assistant Level 3 course will teach you vital health and safety and how to keep the animals in your care safe and settled. Finally, you will learn the basics of veterinary pharmacy, a complex and mentally stimulating unit that will teach you a variety of vital data and knowledge.
|Study time:||100 hours|
|Enrolment length:||12 months|
|Course format:||Paper based pack|
|Assignments:||6 written tasks|
|Entry requirements:||None specific|
In the first unit of this course we will look at the different roles which people play within a veterinary practice and the difference between each. This includes Veterinary Surgeons, Veterinary Nurses and Support Assistants, all of which have a very important role to play in the treatment of animals in this industry. Each of these roles has specific duties and laws which dictate the different practices that can be taken from each person within the veterinary practice.
We will also look at some of the legal applications that are in place within the veterinary sector as well as the animal welfare and health and safety aspects that all people working in a veterinary practice should be aware of.
Understanding the various systems that play a part in animals is key to being able to deal with these correctly and treat potential issues in an animal. In this unit we will look at the different systems within the vast majority of living mammals such as the respiratory, cardiovascular and digestive system. Having a strong working knowledge of the roles these systems playa and the different processes they complete will allow you to understand and appreciate their various functions and how they give animals the ability to digest food, take in oxygen and expel any waste.
We will also look at the cell structure of animal cells, which make up all the different parts of the body and are the building blocks for life.
The Veterinary Surgery is a place filled with potential hazards and risks that could affect you, your colleagues or the animals that are in your care. When working with live animals who are scared or in pain due to injuries or illness there will always be a risk of incidents occurring but there is also a risk from the utensils and equipment that are used to treat these animals.
In this unit we will explore the various different health and safety issues that could come into affect in your work and the legislative codes which must be followed to stay safe at all times.
It may be that, as a veterinary support assistant, you are required to carry out certain tasks such as laboratory tests on animals to discover what type of treatment they require. Being able to do this safely and reducing the amount of stress placed on the animal is of the upmost importance and you will need to be able to carry out certain procedures which we will explore in this unit of the course.
Having a good understanding of the different tests that may be carried out and why these are of benefit will help you to quickly find the cause of a problem and administer the correct treatment.
The risk of infection spreading is huge in a veterinary surgery and this can cause diseases to pass to other animals, humans and affect surgery procedures. Knowing how to correctly sanitise equipment and areas that you work in will cause this risk to be reduced and ensure that all animals in the practice are kept safe from infection.
Veterinary surgeries should be cleaned and sanitised as often as possible to reduce this risk and in this unit we will look at ways to do this and why it is so important.
Administering drugs is a key practice for people working within the veterinary industry and being able to correctly manage stock and medications is required of support assistants. Knowing the correct terminology and being able to identify key legislation is required to be able to use drugs in the correct and safe manner without imposing harm on any animals or staff within the practice.
This unit covers the necessary legislation and principles which you need to adhere to in order to safely administer medication to animals who need this additional care to improve their wellbeing. Upon completion of this unit you should have a much clearer understanding of the need for correct procedures and stock management in order to treat illnesses safely and in accordance with EU and UK laws.