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    Certified Veterinary Assistant

    Includes CACW Certification Exam
    39 Students Enrolled

    Additional information

    685 Hours
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

    Data sheet

    Certification included

    To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

    Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

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    Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

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    We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

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    Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

    Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

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    We strive to provide a fully online experience for students however some of our training courses include physical materials or equipment. Courses that have materials shipped directly to students will be shipped within 7 business days of registration. Some training courses have material for different sections and these courses may require multiple shipments as you completed stages of your course.

    Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

    Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

    Program Description

    Do you have a love of animals? Are you a patient, caring person? Becoming a Veterinary Assistant is the perfect career path for you. Veterinary Assistant’s help make a difference in the lives of animals and the people that love them! As a Veterinary Assistant, you will work alongside Veterinarians to provide routine care, health evaluation, and treatment for sickness or injury. Assistants perform a wide variety of duties including feeding, exercising, and bathing animals, cleaning and disinfecting exam rooms, restraining animals during examinations, administering medication or vaccinations, and most importantly providing affection and a safe environment for every animal in their care. Being passionate about animals is the number one requirement for being a successful Veterinary Assistant however there are many other skills needed for success. Our complete training program will prepare you for a rewarding career as a Veterinary Assistant in a variety of settings including veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and zoos without any previous experience or knowledge. In this program, we will cover all the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully pursue a career as a Veterinary Assistant. This program begins by exploring veterinary terminology, office procedures, first aid for animals, farm animals and their health. Our program also includes veterinary terminology software that will allow you to review the information in a fun, interactive way and utilize the audio glossary for correct pronunciations of the terms. Upon successful completion of our program, you will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Animal Care Worker (CACW). This program includes the certification exam!

    Learning Objectives

    Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to: • Identify the core elements of veterinary medical terminology • List the steps to analyze prefixes and suffixes • Define the function and structure of systems of the body • Recall common anatomical terminology for various animals • Recognize terms to describe procedures performed on various systems of the body to treat injury and disease • Identify the core elements of veterinary medical terminology and abbreviations • List the steps to perform basic pet health care and maintenance • Name the steps to identify various breeds and species • Recall systems of the animal body and their diseases • Recognize common behavior and ways to prevent behavior problems • Define the history of veterinary medicine as well as day to day procedures in a hospital or clinic setting • Recognize ways to protect against potential disease that can affect both animals and people • Identify the delicate subject of euthanasia, the death of a pet and the stages of grief • Recall proper ways of conducting laboratory, pharmacy and radiology procedures • Recall how to build a proper first aid kit for your pet and essential items for a kit • Identify common injuries and how to specifically treat each one • Recognize how to treat basic illnesses and injuries at home • Name the different health conditions and how to treat them using a first aid kit • Identify healthy animals to use in production and recall the difficulties and benefits of raising livestock • Recall the specifics of raising and handling various breeds of waterfowl, turkeys, game birds and rabbits • List ways to grow your farm with goats, sheep and pigs • Recognize the necessary steps needed to profit from cattle • Define common types of infection found in the workplace • Recognize the cycle of infection • Recall steps for disease prevention • Identify the proper steps for hand washing and wearing gloves • Distinguish methods of how government regulations approach

    Courses Included

    • Discover a Career as a Veterinary Assistant
    • First Aid for Dogs and Cats
    • Farm Animals and Their Health
    • Veterinary Assistant Specialist Program


    Lesson 1 : Basic Medical Terminology Lesson 2 : The Musculoskeletal System Lesson 3 : Common Animal Terms and Animal Names Lesson 4 : The Gastrointestinal System Lesson 5 : The Urinary System Lesson 6 : The Cardiovascular System Lesson 7 : The Respiratory System Lesson 8 : The Integumentary System Lesson 9 : The Endocrine System Lesson 10 : The Reproductive System Lesson 11 : The Nervous System and Special Senses Lesson 12 : Blood, The Lymphatic System, and Immunity Lesson 13 : Testing, Pharmacology, and Surgery Terminology Lesson 14 : Veterinary Concepts for Canines and Felines Lesson 15 : Veterinary Concepts for Equine Lesson 16 : Veterinary Concepts for Ruminants Lesson 17 : Veterinary Concepts for Swine Lesson 18 : Veterinary Concepts for Birds and Other Species Lesson 19 : Veterinary Professional, Legal, Ethical, Safety, and Communication Issues Lesson 20 : Veterinary Practice Lesson 21 : Diagnostic Imaging Lesson 22 : Veterinary Laboratory Techniques Lesson 23 : The Study of Pathogens Lesson 24 : Pharmacology and Pharmacy Lesson 25 : Pathology, Response to Disease, and Prevention Lesson 26 : Wounds, Fractures, and Injuries Lesson 27 : Anesthesia, Analgesia, and Anesthetic Nursing Lesson 28 : Surgery Lesson 29 : Fluid Therapy and Blood Transfusion Lesson 30 : Emergencies and Critical Care Lesson 31 : Small Animal Dentistry Lesson 32 : Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation, and Complementary Medicine Lesson 33 : Animal Management Lesson 34 : Patient History and Physical Examination Lesson 35 : Nutrition Lesson 36 : Nursing Care of Dogs and Cats Lesson 37 : Nursing Care of Horses Lesson 38 : Nursing Care of Production Animals, Camelids, and Ratites Lesson 39 : Nursing Care of Companion Birds, Reptiles, and Amphibians Lesson 40 : Nursing Care of Orphaned and Injured Wild Animals Lesson 41 : Nursing Care of Laboratory Animals Lesson 42: First Aid for Dogs and Cats Lesson 43: Farm Animals and Their Health Lesson 44: Discover a Career as a Veterinary Assistant



    There are no specific prerequisites for this course


    • An Illustrated Guide to Veterinary Medical Terminology (Not included)
    • Discover a Career as a Veterinary Assistant
    • The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats (Not included)
    • The Complete Guide to Small Scale Farming: Everything You Need to Know About Raising Beef Cattle, Rabbits, Ducks, and Ot (Not included)
    • Principles and Practice of Veterinary Technology (Not included)

    Technical Requirements

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx) • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Adobe PDF Reader


    Upon successful completion of our Veterinary Assistant program, students will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Animal Care Worker (CACW). NOTE: This program DOES NOT License, Certify, or Register Veterinary Technicians in any state through the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Infection Prevention National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) Program Approval Number: 2842014-0.75-12686-dl (2.25 hours) Hazardous Materials National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB)Program Approval Number: 2842014-0.75-12686-dl (0.75 hours) Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.


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