This is a one-year, hands-on program focusing on the skills required to work in careers involving animal care. Students spend a large portion of their time working with animals. At the local Humane Society, students develop safe handling skills and learn how to perform physical examinations and treatments. The students operate the SLC "Scruffy Dog Salon” where they groom dogs under the supervision of a trained professional grooming instructor. Lab time is also spent learning surgical support techniques and basic clinical laboratory procedures which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in domestic animals.
The program is structured around four areas:
• Animal Diseases, Care and Restraint, and Grooming
• Laboratory and Surgical Support Preparation and Maintenance
• Front Office Management and Marketing
• Support Studies
Students learn about animal health and disease, behaviour, handling and general care (involving cats, dogs, exotic pets , wildlife and livestock), dog grooming, and basic laboratory procedures. Students also study computer operations and office procedures, and they practice communication and marketing techniques.
The skills graduates bring to their place of employment will help to increase both the quality and scope of the services provided to animals and their owners.
Veterinary Assistants are employed in a variety of animal care environments; these include veterinary clinics, animal shelters which may lead to a career in animal cruelty investigations, pet stores, research colonies, grooming salons, and wildlife facilities. Some Veterinary Assistant graduates choose to open their own businesses such as boarding kennels, dog daycares or pet sitting services.
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