Certificate in Veterinary Assistant Online Course

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Certificate in Veterinary Assistant Online Course

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Learn how to become a productive member of a veterinary team

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? Taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, this intensive program provides the information you need to work with animals in a veterinary hospital.

You’ll first study the major organ systems that you’ll need to know about as a veterinary assistant. Next, you’ll move to front office duties so you can see how to work with clients and handle medical records. You'll also delve into the communication skills that come in handy for the assistant.

Then the program moves to the area you're probably most interested in—the back of the hospital. You’ll see how to restrain animals for procedures, take their vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration rate), trim their nails, and properly bathe them. You'll also gain the expertise you need to educate clients about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.  

The program also shows you how you can be an asset during surgery and dental procedures by monitoring heart rate and breathing, passing instruments to the surgeon, and charting teeth. You’ll learn how to prepare prescriptions, take blood samples, perform laboratory tests, and take radiographs. 

The program concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills. Upon passing this program, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program. 

Upon completion of the Veterinary Assistant Program, you'll:

  • Understand the duties of the veterinary assistant.
  • Learn the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • Master office communication skills and see how to handle medical records.
  • Learn how to determine age and gender of animals.
  • Find out how to restrain animals seen at the hospital.
  • Discover how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.
  • Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, and properly bathe animals.
  • Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital from anesthetics, infections, and X-rays,
  • Explore the reproductive cycles, diseases, and sterility procedures in cats and dogs.
  • Find out how vaccines work, when to give them, and how to administer them.
  • Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, including prescription foods.
  • Discover how to prepare prescriptions and understand the different drug classes.
  • Learn the different ways to administer medications—orally, in eyes and ears, and by injection.
  • Research the euthanasia process from the client's and hospital's perspectives.
  • Learn how to take blood samples and how to restrain for the procedure.
  • Understand what blood tests tell us, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.
  • Learn how to collect urine and perform a urinalysis, and understand what the results mean.
  • Explore diagnostic tests performed in the hospital on serum, skin, and feces.
  • Find out about radiation protection and how to position an animal to for a radiograph.
  • Recognize and alleviate pain in animals.
  • Learn how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.
  • Learn how to chart teeth, perform common dental procedures, and provide client education on dentistry.
  • Explore the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for internal and external parasites.
  • Investigate substances that can poison pets and learn about emergency treatment.
  • Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare surgical packs.
  • Figure out how to prepare a patient for surgery and help during and after the anesthetic.
  • Learn how to prepare an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Lesson 1: Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital 
Get familiar with the different roles people have at the hospital, find out what veterinary assistants do, discover what it takes to succeed as a veterinary assistant, and explore the physical layout of a veterinary hospital.

Lesson 2: Getting Ready for Your First Visit 
To prepare for your first visit to a veterinary hospital, you'll learn how to dress and communicate appropriately, protect the confidentiality of clients, and protect yourself from the potential hazards of the hospital.

Lesson 3: Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System 
Describe locations on the body using medical directional terminology and apply these terms as you learn the bones of the skeletal system.

Lesson 4: Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints
Gain an understanding of the nervous and endocrine systems as well as the muscles and joints, and recognize common diseases that affect these systems.

Lesson 5: Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
Learn the details of the circulatory system—which includes both the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems—and understand the anatomy and function of the respiratory system.

Lesson 6: Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen
Investigate how the digestive and urogenital systems work in animals, and see what roles the liver and spleen play in the body.

Lesson 7: Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations
Explore some front office duties, including working with medical records, handling confidentiality issues that might arise with them, understanding how liability applies to phone advice, and learning how to constructively interact with clients.

Lesson 8: More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies
Expand your knowledge of how to handle clients by learning good telephone techniques and methods of dealing with complaints, and figure out how to tell a kitten's or puppy's gender and age.

Lesson 9: Canine Restraint
Learn how to approach, carry, and hold dogs for your mutual safety.

Lesson 10: Feline and Exotic Restraint
Learn how to determine what a cat is telling you and how to restrain it, and explore techniques for handling exotic animals such as rabbits, pocket pets, and birds.

Lesson 11: The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs
Discover how to conduct a physical examination, how to restrain an animal while doing it, and how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.

Lesson 12: Nail Trimming, Anal Sacs, Bathing, and Clipper Care
Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, properly bathe animals and apply dips, and care for hair clippers.

Lesson 13: Workplace Hazards and Infection Control
Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital, including chemicals, anesthetics, radiation, and diseases, and learn how to prevent the spread of infectious disease to patients and yourself.

Lesson 14: The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures
We'll explore the reproductive cycle in cats and dogs, the diseases they are at risk for if they're not sterilized, and finally, the procedure used to stop them from being able to breed.

Lesson 15: Vaccinology
Find out what vaccines are made of, how they work, when we should give them, and how to administer them.

Lesson 16: Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods
Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, why we use of prescription foods, and why some clients prefer homemade foods.

Lesson 17: Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses
Learn how to prepare prescriptions and calculate doses of medication using an animal's weight, and find out what to tell clients who ask for refills or prescriptions over the phone.

Lesson 18: Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do
Learn the differences between over-the-counter and prescription drugs, discuss the major types of medications and what they do, and find out which human medications pose a danger to pets.

Lesson 19: Giving Medications
Learn the different ways to administer medications, including orally, in the eyes and ears, and by injection.

Lesson 20: The Euthanasia Process
Research the euthanasia process from the client's perspective, and learn how to make it as comfortable as possible.

Lesson 21: Taking Blood Samples
Learn the locations of the veins, how to take blood samples, and how to restrain for the procedure.

Lesson 22: Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood
Discover what blood tests tell us about disease, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.

Lesson 23: Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation
Learn how to collect urine, what elements we measure in a urinalysis, and what the results mean.

Lesson 24: Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies
Explore the diagnostic tests commonly performed in the hospital, including serological tests, skin scrapings and cytology, fecal flotations and smears, and cultures; and see what your role will be in necropsies (post-mortem exams).

Lesson 25: Radiographs and Personal Safety
Learn how to produce high-quality radiographic images and how to protect yourself while taking them.

Lesson 26: Radiographic Positioning
Learn how to position an animal to get the correct radiographic view.

Lesson 27: Pain Recognition and Emergency Care
Discover how to recognize and alleviate pain in animals, and explore how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.

Lesson 28: Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care
Learn how to chart teeth, what diseases teeth suffer from, how a veterinarian does teeth cleaning and extractions, and how to educate clients about home dental care.

Lesson 29: External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More
Explore the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for external parasites including fleas, ticks, mites, lice, and ringworm.

Lesson 30: Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart
Learn about the worms that infest dogs and cats, their life cycles, and how we can control them.

Lesson 31: Poisonings in Pets
Investigate substances that can poison pets, including foods and household chemicals, and learn how to treat pets that have ingested poisons.

Lesson 32: Surgery: Preparing the Patient
Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare a patient for surgery, and follow the events during anesthesia induction.

Lesson 33Surgery: Your Role During and After
Learn how to prepare and handle packs, discover how to monitor patients under anesthesia and look after them once they wake up, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a complete surgery.

Lesson 34: The Job Search and Future Opportunities
Learn how to prepare an effective resume and be your best in an interview, and explore ideas for advancing your skills.

This program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and a variety of browsers and browser versions. You will need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. You will need an Internet connection (high-speed is recommended) and email capability. 

Your tuition for this program includes this textbook:

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale
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Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for over 25 years. He is a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, having developed his first course over 20 years ago. This progressed to four short courses and finally the development of this veterinary assistant program. Jeff practices with his wife at a veterinary hospital in British Columbia, Canada. He has published thousands of articles on animal health topics for newspapers and magazines

About this Course

Learn how to become a productive member of a veterinary team

Do you love animals? Have you ever thought about a career as a veterinary assistant? Taught by a practicing veterinarian and college instructor, this intensive program provides the information you need to work with animals in a veterinary hospital.

You’ll first study the major organ systems that you’ll need to know about as a veterinary assistant. Next, you’ll move to front office duties so you can see how to work with clients and handle medical records. You'll also delve into the communication skills that come in handy for the assistant.

Then the program moves to the area you're probably most interested in—the back of the hospital. You’ll see how to restrain animals for procedures, take their vital signs (temperature, pulse, and respiration rate), trim their nails, and properly bathe them. You'll also gain the expertise you need to educate clients about key topics in pet care, such as nutrition, vaccinations, and administering medication.  

The program also shows you how you can be an asset during surgery and dental procedures by monitoring heart rate and breathing, passing instruments to the surgeon, and charting teeth. You’ll learn how to prepare prescriptions, take blood samples, perform laboratory tests, and take radiographs. 

The program concludes with a lesson to prepare you for the job market, in which you'll see how to create an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills. Upon passing this program, you’ll have the credentials and knowledge to be a valued team member in a veterinary hospital.

Upon registering, you're given six months to complete the program. 

Upon completion of the Veterinary Assistant Program, you'll:

  • Understand the duties of the veterinary assistant.
  • Learn the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems.
  • Master office communication skills and see how to handle medical records.
  • Learn how to determine age and gender of animals.
  • Find out how to restrain animals seen at the hospital.
  • Discover how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.
  • Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, and properly bathe animals.
  • Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital from anesthetics, infections, and X-rays,
  • Explore the reproductive cycles, diseases, and sterility procedures in cats and dogs.
  • Find out how vaccines work, when to give them, and how to administer them.
  • Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, including prescription foods.
  • Discover how to prepare prescriptions and understand the different drug classes.
  • Learn the different ways to administer medications—orally, in eyes and ears, and by injection.
  • Research the euthanasia process from the client's and hospital's perspectives.
  • Learn how to take blood samples and how to restrain for the procedure.
  • Understand what blood tests tell us, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.
  • Learn how to collect urine and perform a urinalysis, and understand what the results mean.
  • Explore diagnostic tests performed in the hospital on serum, skin, and feces.
  • Find out about radiation protection and how to position an animal to for a radiograph.
  • Recognize and alleviate pain in animals.
  • Learn how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.
  • Learn how to chart teeth, perform common dental procedures, and provide client education on dentistry.
  • Explore the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for internal and external parasites.
  • Investigate substances that can poison pets and learn about emergency treatment.
  • Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare surgical packs.
  • Figure out how to prepare a patient for surgery and help during and after the anesthetic.
  • Learn how to prepare an effective resume, advance your skills, and develop strong interview skills.

Course Fast Facts:

  • This course is delivered 100% on-line and is accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  • Instructors lead each course and you will be able to interact with them and ask questions
  • You can study from home or at work at your own pace in your own time
  • You will be awarded a certificate at completion of this course

Course Delivery

Upon enrolment, an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. New courses start every month to ensure that we have the correct ratio of students to tutors available, please ensure you select a starting date when you go through our shopping cart, at checkout. The course is easy to follow and understand.

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Lesson 1: Welcome to the Veterinary Hospital 
Get familiar with the different roles people have at the hospital, find out what veterinary assistants do, discover what it takes to succeed as a veterinary assistant, and explore the physical layout of a veterinary hospital.

Lesson 2: Getting Ready for Your First Visit 
To prepare for your first visit to a veterinary hospital, you'll learn how to dress and communicate appropriately, protect the confidentiality of clients, and protect yourself from the potential hazards of the hospital.

Lesson 3: Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System 
Describe locations on the body using medical directional terminology and apply these terms as you learn the bones of the skeletal system.

Lesson 4: Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and Muscles and Joints
Gain an understanding of the nervous and endocrine systems as well as the muscles and joints, and recognize common diseases that affect these systems.

Lesson 5: Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems
Learn the details of the circulatory system—which includes both the cardiovascular and lymphatic systems—and understand the anatomy and function of the respiratory system.

Lesson 6: Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System, Liver, and Spleen
Investigate how the digestive and urogenital systems work in animals, and see what roles the liver and spleen play in the body.

Lesson 7: Front Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations
Explore some front office duties, including working with medical records, handling confidentiality issues that might arise with them, understanding how liability applies to phone advice, and learning how to constructively interact with clients.

Lesson 8: More Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and Puppies
Expand your knowledge of how to handle clients by learning good telephone techniques and methods of dealing with complaints, and figure out how to tell a kitten's or puppy's gender and age.

Lesson 9: Canine Restraint
Learn how to approach, carry, and hold dogs for your mutual safety.

Lesson 10: Feline and Exotic Restraint
Learn how to determine what a cat is telling you and how to restrain it, and explore techniques for handling exotic animals such as rabbits, pocket pets, and birds.

Lesson 11: The Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs
Discover how to conduct a physical examination, how to restrain an animal while doing it, and how to take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration rate.

Lesson 12: Nail Trimming, Anal Sacs, Bathing, and Clipper Care
Learn how to trim nails, empty anal sacs, properly bathe animals and apply dips, and care for hair clippers.

Lesson 13: Workplace Hazards and Infection Control
Identify the hazards you'll face in a veterinary hospital, including chemicals, anesthetics, radiation, and diseases, and learn how to prevent the spread of infectious disease to patients and yourself.

Lesson 14: The Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures
We'll explore the reproductive cycle in cats and dogs, the diseases they are at risk for if they're not sterilized, and finally, the procedure used to stop them from being able to breed.

Lesson 15: Vaccinology
Find out what vaccines are made of, how they work, when we should give them, and how to administer them.

Lesson 16: Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods
Learn the basics of feline and canine nutrition, why we use of prescription foods, and why some clients prefer homemade foods.

Lesson 17: Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses
Learn how to prepare prescriptions and calculate doses of medication using an animal's weight, and find out what to tell clients who ask for refills or prescriptions over the phone.

Lesson 18: Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do
Learn the differences between over-the-counter and prescription drugs, discuss the major types of medications and what they do, and find out which human medications pose a danger to pets.

Lesson 19: Giving Medications
Learn the different ways to administer medications, including orally, in the eyes and ears, and by injection.

Lesson 20: The Euthanasia Process
Research the euthanasia process from the client's perspective, and learn how to make it as comfortable as possible.

Lesson 21: Taking Blood Samples
Learn the locations of the veins, how to take blood samples, and how to restrain for the procedure.

Lesson 22: Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood
Discover what blood tests tell us about disease, and see how to do a packed cell volume and blood smear.

Lesson 23: Urine Collection, Handling, and Interpretation
Learn how to collect urine, what elements we measure in a urinalysis, and what the results mean.

Lesson 24: Tests: Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies
Explore the diagnostic tests commonly performed in the hospital, including serological tests, skin scrapings and cytology, fecal flotations and smears, and cultures; and see what your role will be in necropsies (post-mortem exams).

Lesson 25: Radiographs and Personal Safety
Learn how to produce high-quality radiographic images and how to protect yourself while taking them.

Lesson 26: Radiographic Positioning
Learn how to position an animal to get the correct radiographic view.

Lesson 27: Pain Recognition and Emergency Care
Discover how to recognize and alleviate pain in animals, and explore how to deal with common emergencies you'll see in a veterinary hospital.

Lesson 28: Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care
Learn how to chart teeth, what diseases teeth suffer from, how a veterinarian does teeth cleaning and extractions, and how to educate clients about home dental care.

Lesson 29: External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More
Explore the life cycles, diagnosis, and treatment options for external parasites including fleas, ticks, mites, lice, and ringworm.

Lesson 30: Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart
Learn about the worms that infest dogs and cats, their life cycles, and how we can control them.

Lesson 31: Poisonings in Pets
Investigate substances that can poison pets, including foods and household chemicals, and learn how to treat pets that have ingested poisons.

Lesson 32: Surgery: Preparing the Patient
Learn the names of surgical instruments and how to prepare a patient for surgery, and follow the events during anesthesia induction.

Lesson 33Surgery: Your Role During and After
Learn how to prepare and handle packs, discover how to monitor patients under anesthesia and look after them once they wake up, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a complete surgery.

Lesson 34: The Job Search and Future Opportunities
Learn how to prepare an effective resume and be your best in an interview, and explore ideas for advancing your skills.

This program is compatible with Windows, Mac, and a variety of browsers and browser versions. You will need Adobe Flash and Adobe Reader. You will need an Internet connection (high-speed is recommended) and email capability. 

Your tuition for this program includes this textbook:

  • Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant, by Paula Pattengale
1.  Who are Courses For Success?

Courses For Success is a global course platform that started in 2008 with 5 courses, since then we have grown to over 10,000 online courses. As our courses are delivered online via the internet, we sell our courses worldwide.

Our courses span across many categories including Academic, Animal, Beauty, Business, Career, Counseling, Creative & Media, Health & Therapy, Hobbies & Trades, IT, Personal Development, Sports & Fitness.

Some of the companies we work with include Groupon, Living Social, CNN, Entrepreneur, Mashable, Reed UK, Stack Social and many more.

2.  Is there a refund/cancellation policy?

Yes, we have a 7-day money-back refund guarantee. Just send us an email to email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com with the subject Courses For Success Refund so we can accommodate your request.

3.  What is the FREE Personal Success Training Program?

The Personal Success Training Program was developed by Courses For Success to help our customers achieve success. Currently, we are offering this program for FREE with every course or bundle purchase this month. This is a limited time offer! We have received thousands of reviews for this program, please see: Personal Success Training Program Reviews

4.  Are there any requirements to study this course?

No, anyone who has an interest in learning more about this subject matter is encouraged to take our course. There are no entry requirements to take this course.

5.   Do I require to have finished high school to complete this course?

No, you do not require a High School Diploma or to have finished school to study this course, this course is open to anyone who would like to take this course.

6.  What if English is not my first language?

This course is provided in English, however, due to the digital nature of our training, you can take your time studying the material and make use of tools such as google translate and Grammarly.

7.  Is this course online or conducted in person?

All our courses are accessible online on any device. You may complete them at your own pace and at your own time.

8.  How do I receive my course?

After you have completed the payment, you will receive a confirmation email and tax receipt. You will also receive an email containing your course login details (username and password), as well as instructions on how to access and log in to your course via the internet with any device, please check your junk/spam folder in the event that you do not receive the email.

9.  When does this course start?

Providing you have internet access you can start this course whenever you like, just go to the login page and insert your username and password and you can access the online material.

10.  What is online learning like?

Online learning is easy, if not easier than a traditional academic situation. By studying an online course, the usual boundaries caused by location and time constraints are eliminated, meaning you are free to study where and when you want at your own pace. Of course, you will need to be able to self-manage your time and be organized, but with our help, you’ll soon find yourself settling into a comfortable rhythm of study.

11.  What computer skills do I need for my course?

You don't need to be a computer expert to succeed with our online training, but you should be comfortable typing, using the internet and be capable of using common software (such as Microsoft word).

12.  How long will you have access to the online course?

Please see the duration of Course Access, under course summary.

13.  How long will my course take?

Please see the number of hours to complete in Course Duration, under course summary

14.  What is included with the course?

The onetime fee includes all training materials, including online content, diagrams, videos if included, interactive instructions and quizzes, plus you will receive a certificate upon completion.

15.  Do I need to buy textbooks?

All the required material for your course is included in the online system, you do not need to buy anything else.

16.  Is the course interactive?

Yes, all our courses are interactive.

17.  Is there an assessment or exam?

Yes, you will be required to complete a multiple-choice test online at the end of your course, you can do this test as many times as you require.

18.  What type of certificate will I receive?

You will receive a Certificate of Completion that is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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"I had a very good experience with my course. It has helped me to get multiple jobs and prepared me for almost everything I would need to know. The course was very informative and easy to understand and broken up perfectly to be done in a short amount of time while still learning a good amount! I would recommend Courses for Success to anyone trying to get abs certifications for job advancements, it is well worth it!"
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Our completion certificates are very valuable and will help you progress in your work environment and show employers how committed you are to learn new skills, you might even get a promotion.

19.  Will this course be credited by universities?

No, it is not equivalent to a college or university credit.

20.  Am I guaranteed to get a job with this certificate?

This course will give you the skills you need to help you obtain employment, but it’s up to you if you get the job or not.

21.  How will this course assist me with my career?

Studying and completing this course will show employers that you have the knowledge in this field, additionally you will gain more confidence in this area of expertise.

22.  How long is the certificate valid for?

The Certificates are valid for life and do not need renewing. 

23.  Can I take more than one course at a time?

Courses are studied online at your own pace and you are free to study as many or as few courses as you wish, we also offer online course bundles that allow you to save on additional courses so that you may get all the topics related to your training goals in one go. 

24.  What are the Payment Methods available? Is there a payment plan?

We accept payments via PayPal, Credit Card, Bank Transfer and Amazon Pay for the USA. For payment plans, we offer Sezzle for USA & Canada, Afterpay for Australia & New Zealand. *For faster transaction Credit Card payments are preferred. Please purchase online via our website course product page or contact us at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, to pay via bank transfer.

25.  Can I purchase for multiple people?

Yes, you can do this by purchasing individually via website or send us a request via email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com

26.  Can I request for an invoice before purchase?

Yes, you can request for an invoice via email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com

27.  Purchase for a gift?

Yes, you can purchase this course as a gift, simply send an email to email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, with the course details and we can accommodate this.

28.  Can I create my own course bundle?

Yes, you can customize your own bundle. Please send us the complete list with the exact course link of the courses you'd like to bundle up via email email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com and we will create them for you. *Each course access, time of completion and certification varies depending on the course type.

29.  How will I contact Courses For Success if I have any questions?

You can contact our support team, at any time through live chat on our website, or email at email/info)(coursesforsuccess.com, or by calling one of our phone numbers depending on which country you are in.  

Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for over 25 years. He is a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, having developed his first course over 20 years ago. This progressed to four short courses and finally the development of this veterinary assistant program. Jeff practices with his wife at a veterinary hospital in British Columbia, Canada. He has published thousands of articles on animal health topics for newspapers and magazines

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Course ID: 007GES118
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Access: 6 months to complete this program
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