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Veterinary Assistant with Horse Care Management includes:
Horse Care Management
Do you love animals — horses in particular? Have you considered a career as a veterinary assistant, stable manager, or horse caretaker? If so, this course sequence teaches you the skills you need to work directly with horses.
Whether you’re interested in joining a stable, equestrian center, or veterinary facility that works with large animals, having a fundamental knowledge of horse caretaking and veterinary science is essential. The Veterinary Assistant with Horse Care Management sequence provides a broad overview of horse care topics while teaching the technical skills needed to work as a veterinary assistant.
Veterinary Assistant with Horse Care Management covers the foundational skills needed to work in veterinary office with a specialized focus on horse care management. These complimentary fields of study are perfect for individuals interested in working with horses or current veterinary assistants wanting to diversify their skillset.
You will gain a breadth of knowledge that can take you from the veterinary office to the stables and beyond. You will learn to be an asset in all aspects of a horse’s clinical and caretaking needs, from assisting surgical and dental procedures to measuring vitals.
Having Veterinary Assistant and Horse Care Management credentials acknowledge the dedication of those with a special interest in the well-being of horses. In addition, completing these two intensive courses adds credibility to your qualifications and affirms that you have met industry-recognized levels of proficiency.
to the Veterinary Hospital file
Ready for Your First Visit file
Physiology and Anatomy 1: Directional Signs and the Skeletal System file
Physiology and Anatomy 2: The Nervous System, Endocrine System, and
Physiology and Anatomy 3: The Circulatory and Respiratory Systems file
Physiology and Anatomy 4: The Digestive System, Urogenital System,
Office Duties: Records, Confidentiality, and Client Relations file
Front Office Tips, and Determining Age and Gender of Kittens and
and Exotic Restraint file
Physical Examination: Procedures, Restraint, and Vital Signs file
Everyday Procedures for the Veterinary Assistant file
Workplace Hazards and Infection Control file
Reproductive Cycle and Sterilization Procedures file
Nutrition Basics and Prescription Foods file
Prescriptions: Preparing and Calculating Doses file
Prescriptions: Types of Medications and What They Do file
Euthanasia Process file
Blood Samples file
Interpreting Blood Tests and Handling Blood file
Collection, Handling, and Interpretation file
Serology, Scrapings, Smears, Flotations, and Necropsies file
Radiographs and Personal Safety file
Radiographic Positioning file
Recognition and Emergency Care file
Dentistry: Charting, Tooth Disease, and Dental Care file
External Parasites: Fleas, Ticks, Mites, and More file
Parasites of the Gastrointestinal Tract and Heart file
Poisonings in Pets file
1: Preparing the Patient file
2: Your Role During and After file
Understanding Animal Behavior file
36: The Job
Search and Future Opportunities file
Horse Care Management
I. Horse Care A
A. Horse Psychology
and Handling Horses
B. Considerations for Buying and
C. Evaluating Conformation in the
D. The Digestive System and Basic
E. Principles of Pasture Management
F. Principles of Proper Grooming
G. Industry Applications
II. Horse Care B
A. Feeds for Horses
B. Stable Management Practices
Bedding and Mucking Out
D. Principles of Hoof Care and
E. Exercise and Conditioning
F. Tack and Tack Fitting
Horse Facility Design
III. Horse Care C
A. Utilizing Blankets, Bandages and
B. Principles of Equine Health
C. Clipping and Trimming the
D. Transporting and Managing Horses
E. Organizing and Managing a Horse
F. Aspects of Operating a Horse
You will choose one of the following modules:
IV. Equine Behavior
Introduction to Equine Behavior
Genetics Influence Behavior
Perception and Response Behavior
Communication and Social Behavior
Sexual and Reproductive Behaviors
Learning Behaviors and Training Methods
Addressing Maladaptive Behavior in Horses
V. Horse Breeding
Fundamental Principles of Horse Breeding
Reproductive Physiology of the Mare
Reproductive Physiology of the Stallion
Breeding Management Practices
Management of the Pregnant Mare
Understanding the Foaling Process
of the Newborn Foal
Infertility and Reproductive Disorders
Instructional material requirements:
Pattengale, Paula. Tasks for the Veterinary Assistant
Jeff Grognet has been a companion animal veterinarian for 25 years. He was a pioneer in the field of veterinary assistant teaching, developing his first course more than 18 years ago. Due to the success of his veterinary receptionist/assistant courses, he expanded his teaching into other high-demand areas including pet first aid and alternative medical therapies for companion animals. He practices at a veterinary hospital and contributes regularly to several magazines.
Meg Anema holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Animal Science and Agricultural Economics from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Equine Reproductive Physiology from Colorado State University. Anema, a certified Career and Technical Education instructor, has taught courses in Equine Science, Animal Science, and Veterinary Science for over 10 years. She grew up training horses and has years of experience as a breeding farm manager, equine A.I. technician, and equine events coordinator.
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Upon completion of this course you will receive a
certificate in Horse Care Management and Veterinary Assistant.
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