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Veterinary Support Assistant Course

Prepare to join a veterinary team and learn about animal handling and restraint, how to recognize pain, animal psychology and so much more

Many people aspire to work with animals, but it can be difficult to distinguish the reality from the fluffy image. This course gives a firm grounding in reality, with essential skills such as animal handling and restraint, pet psychology and recognizing pain, and working as part of a veterinary team - as well as an understanding of technical terms, anatomy and physiology, and first aid.

The Veterinary Support Assistant (VSA) is a highly capable member of the veterinary team, trained informally within the practice. A VSA is responsible for many crucial jobs within the clinic, such as ensuring good hygiene and sterility, handling animals, and interfacing with clients. Many VSAs use the opportunity to gain valuable experience and go on to qualify as Vet Technicians.

This course is of benefit to anyone with an interest in animal health, working with animals, or wondering if a career in the veterinary environment is right for them. It includes an overview of how veterinary practice works, health and safety, basic anatomy and physiology, animal handling techniques, first aid, and coping with emergency situations as well as emotional issues such as euthanasia.

Learn Core Skills Such As:

Anybody who comes into regular contact with animals be that in a kennel, rescue center, or a vet clinic, benefits from learning and understanding key aspects such as:

Veterinary terminology

Handling dogs, cats, small mammals, and exotics

Animal psychology – interpreting signs of stress or pain

Handling the fractious animal safely

How to gently restrain animals for minor procedures

The importance of disinfection and disease control

Monitoring inpatients, such as taking vital signs and record keeping

Basic animal anatomy and physiology

Health and Safety regulations

Feeding animals – both healthy and sick

The Role of VSA within Veterinary Practice:

When you are in an unfamiliar environment, a veterinary practice can seem a busy, confusing, and intimidating place. The course equips you with information to help you find your feet quickly and make the most of the experience.

The structure of veterinary practice

Different roles within the veterinary team

Confidentiality and professionalism

How to learn on the job

People skills such as dealing with anxious clients and booking appointments

Understanding common procedures

Be familiar with commonly used equipment

The Emotional Side

Pets are family members, and when faced with a hard decision in the best interests of their pet’s welfare, many owners become very emotional. The course helps you understand how to deal with this distress, what to expect when a pet is euthanized, and the practicalities involved afterwards.

Handling Emergencies

There may be occasions when you are faced with a pet in urgent need for emergency treatment. The course teaches you how to act whilst waiting for help to arrive

Assessing the patient

The principles of resuscitation

Emergency stabilisation of haemorrhage, breathing difficulties, fractures etc.

First aid

Your role during an emergency

Working with animals is a hugely rewarding career. Whether you aspire to work in veterinary practice or at a shelter, or wish to investigate the commitment involved, this course gives a sound grounding in the core skills involved.

To receive certification, you must:

Complete every page of the course

Pass the exams with a minimum score of 55% for each (each module includes a test based on key learning objectives in that study topic)

If you meet these criteria, your certificate of successful completion will be emailed to you immediately after you finish the course

You will also have the option to order a hard copy certificate directly from ICOES. (www.icoes.org)

This course is CPD/CE accredited. Our CPD accredited courses count towards the total of CPD hours to submit for your job role. CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.


  • Fully CPD/CE Certified
  • Instant Free PDF Certificate
  • Recommended by 95% of Students
  • Self-paced online course with 24/7 Access
  • 4843 Students Enrolled
  • Internationally Accredited by ICOES


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  • Once you register on our website, you’ll have 12 months to activate your course.
  • From the date of course activation, you'll have 60 days to complete the course.
  • For any questions, please email: info@internationalopenacademy.com

S$119 S$19