VETERINARY ASSISTING: ANIMAL HUSBANDRY AND NUTRITION
This course, Veterinary Assisting: Animal Husbandry and Nutrition, is modeled upon one of the 12 courses that make up the online portion of the VetMedTeam Veterinary Assistant Program. Our program has been NAVTA approved since it's inception and full program graduates are qualified to take NAVTA's Approved Veterinary Assistant (AVA) examination.
We recognize that a member may not wish to enroll in the full program but they have an interest in a specific area of training. This course is therefore being offered as a separate training option. It does not contain a clinical requirement.
As with the full program, this course is a valuable addition to a practice's in-house training protocols.
This course does not require employment nor prior experience.
|Course Focus, Content, and Learning Objectives
Veterinary Assisting: Animal Husbandry and Nutrition is designed for those seeking to increase their skill in this area of practice.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- discuss general animal housing requirements
- define enteral nutrition, list methods, explain when it is used
- define TPN and discuss why it may be used for critically ill patients
- list essential nutrients and discuss table foods
- list and discuss foods that can cause health problems, including their effects
- discuss “prescription diets” including the role specialty diets play in disease treatment
- define zoonotic disease and discuss methods used to control the spread
- explain the general principles underlying disease prevention
- discuss general immunity concepts and the role of vaccinations in disease prevention
Instructor Graded Critical Thinking Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge via implementation focused and patient based situations
Module Quizzes: Must be submitted with a score of 80% or better, multiple attempts
A certificate of completion is provided.
|How Does the Enrollment Process Work?
This course is designed to be as schedule friendly as possible as we understand it can be hard to fit interactive CE into an already busy life. Open enrollment allows students to enroll in this course at any time.
Once the course payment transaction has been submitted, we will receive a notification of enrollment. In addition, the student will be sent a couple of "heads up" emails. The payment receipt will be sent to the email address
in the payment page of the shopping cart, by the person who paid.
There is a post-payment manual process we must complete in order to add the new student to the course.
Completing enrollments as quickly as
possible is a priority but it can take a full 24 hours, especially on weekends and holidays. Once fully enrolled. the student will be sent a course welcome email containing important information, including how to access and log into the course.
Students are not expected to be online in the course at any specific times as there are no real time lectures.
In order to remain active in the course, a student must post assignments on a regular basis. Module or final exams, reading or viewing training materials, or just logging into the course, does not meet this requirement. Assignments are course activities that require submission to the instructor for review, grading (pass/fail) and feedback. As long as the participant continues to make regular progress, course access time is not set to a specific deadline.
If 30 days elapses without submitted assignment activity, the student will be removed from the course and graded out as incomplete, as the lack of activity will indicate the student wishes to drop the course.
But What If Something Comes Up?:
There are times that students will have situations that interfere with their ability to work the course on a regular basis. In that case an email to VetMedTeam, as soon as such a situation arises, will allow us to work with the student to adjust the time frame. It all comes down to communication.
Reading content within the course is provided via PDF therefore the ability to download files and open PDFs is required.
It is recommended that participants utilize a program such as MS Word to create, and save, their assignment submission to their computer. Then the information can be pasted into the assignment submission area.
Linda Merrill, LVT, VTS (Small Animal Internal Medicine) Emeritus
Linda received her AS degree in veterinary technology and an AA degree, both from Pierce College in Washington State. She has worked in specialty practice (cardio-pulmonary and oncology) and the majority of her time in small animal practice. She retired from clinical practice in 2021 but remains active in other areas of veterinary medicine.
She is an author and editor; her most recent works are as an author for the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 9th edition and as the editor for Small Animal Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, 2nd edition (in print 2024).
Linda is the former President of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians and former President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA).
Linda has achieved two Veterinary Technician Specialists credentials. Her first is the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), she was the Founding Chair and is the current Executive Director. She currently holds Emeritus status. Her second specialty was as a Canine & Feline Veterinary Technician Specialist in Clinical Practice (AVTCP). At the time of her retirement, she withdrew her VTS in Clinical Practice.
In her spare time, Linda is an avid scuba diver and has traveled the 7 continents. Her husband, Jeff, is employed in the Alaskan seafood industry. They enjoy the company of their rescue cat, an adorable but clueless Persian named "The Cat Formerly Known as Philbert." Her household is also the home to 2 rescue dogs. Linda loves Corgis and currently has the sweetest Cardigans named Ember and Stewie.
Price: $69.00 USD
When enrolling in more than one course at a time, please indicate the preferred order of the courses. If desired, participants can start all courses at the same time. There is an area in the shopping cart to type in preferences.
Practices may enroll individual team members in the same course. To learn how to assign a specific team member to a course, please visit the Assigning Students page.
Please use this link to view the Withdrawal Policy for this course.