Certificate in Vet Assistant

The Certificate in Vet Assistance course is specially designed for animal lovers like you to gain the necessary skills and knowledge in animal healthcare, procedures, and behaviours to kickstart your dream career as a vet assistant.
Course Provider
Careers Collectiv
(RTO 22557)
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Upfront payment or flexible interest free payment plan options available from $25 per week.

Course Overview

Start Date
Start Anytime
This course is self-paced. The course will take approximately 400 hours to complete.
Study 100% online from anywhere in Australia.
Career Outcomes
  • Veterinary clinic worker
  • Pet supplies shop
  • Pet groomer
  • Animal shelter worker
  • Dog walking
  • Animal day care worker
  • Animal hospital worker
  • Animal hotel worker
  • Wildlife reserves, parks and zoo worker
Course Modules

1. Animal Health Care

  • Introduction to Animal Health Care
  • Common Health Problems in Farm Animals and Pets
  • Animal Behaviour
  • Signs of Ill Health
  • Veterinary Facilities
  • Safety Procedures
  • Administration of Animal Health
  • Animal First Aid
  • Preventative Health Care
  • Routine Health Treatments
  • Health Problems in Domestic Pets
  • Rehabilitation Care

2. Animal Behaviour

  • Introduction: Influences and Motivation
  • Genetics and Behaviour
  • Animal Perception and Behaviour
  • Behaviour and the Environment
  • Social Behaviour
  • learning
  • Handling Animals
  • Behavioural Problems

3. Animal Diseases

  • Scope and nature of animal disease
  • Diagnostic Testing
  • Viruses
  • Bacterial and Fungal condition
  • Parasitological conditions – Protozoa Helminths and Arthropods
  • Metabolic and Nutritional Condition
  • Poisoning
  • Inherited Conditions (Genetic Disorder)
  • Other Conditions and Disorders
  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Project

4. Animal Welfare

  • Scope and Nature of Animal Welfare
  • Psychology and Sentience
  • Managing Animal Welfare
  • Animal Protection Services
  • Animal Rescue Services
  • Animal Health Services
  • Animal Welfare for Pets, Work Animals and Animals in Sport
  • Animal Welfare for Farm Animals
  • Animal Welfare for Wildlife: Free and Captive

Elective Module: Select 1 Specialist Elective Module

  • Animal Grooming
  • Dog Psychology
  • Dog Care
  • Poultry
  • Pet Care
  • Aquarium Management
  • Aviculture (Bird Keeping)
  • Domestic Cat Care
Course Fees Include
  • All the required study materials and course notes.
  • 24/7 access to professional course tutor support.
  • A certificate officially recognising your successful completion of the course.
  • No course requirements or previous working experience necessary.
  • Lifetime access to the course.
Turn your love of animals into a successful career as a veterinary assistant

Have you always wanted to work in animal healthcare and taking care of pets and wildlife? This certificate is a great first step into the veterinary sector and will allow you to get firsthand experience of working in a vet clinic.

Veterinary assistants help vets and vet nurses in the day-to-day running of the clinic with tasks ranging from administration to assisting pet owners and their pets before, during and after their visit.

Many graduates use this course to gain an entry-level position in veterinary surgery and improve their employment prospects. This is also a great course to see if you would enjoy working in this industry before going on to do further study to become a vet nurse, technician or practising vet.

This course has been developed for students who have had no previous experience working with animals and are looking to find work looking after and caring for pets and wildlife.

The teachers

Careeers Collectiv only use teachers who are active in their specialised industry. Learn from people who have first-hand experience in their subject matter and current industry expertise. Staff come from varied backgrounds with teaching and vocational experience from universities and vocational colleges. Courses provide flexible options for different career pathways, self-improvement, professional development and general adult education. 

Who is the course for?

This course is appropriate for anyone interested in working with and looking after the health and wellbeing of animals as a veterinary assistant. This is also a great introductory course for students looking to become a vet or vet nurse to get a sense of the work and study before committing to further tertiary study,

A well rounded learning experience

The Vet Assistant Certificate introduces students to the terminology, practices and workings of a veterinary clinic or surgery and basic animal healthcare procedures, problems and treatments. The course provides you with a great foundation in Animal Behaviour, giving you an insight into the psychological conditions of the animals you’ll encounter, so you can properly care for and look after their needs.

*The contents are accurate at the time of writing. Get in touch with the course provider for the latest information.

About the Course Provider

Careers Collectiv

Careers Collectiv is a family-run online education provider offering a vast range of courses such as agriculture, animal studies, beauty, counselling, psychology, business and marketing. They offer the opportunities to learn the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in the career you’re passionate about. With over a decade of experience in the online education sector, they are passionate about providing quality education, accessibility for everyone and the flexibility to work at your own pace and in your own time. Careers Collectiv offers a diverse range of online courses, from animal care and agriculture to business and fashion design. Their family-run platform provides flexible learning opportunities for various career paths, ensuring accessibility and quality education for everyone. Whether you're interested in equine studies, horticulture, or photography, Careers Collectiv caters to upskillers and passionate learners with courses developed by industry experts.
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