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cat This introductory course is designed to give you practical understanding of common veterinary nursing procedures.  This course is suitable for anyone looking for a ‘foot in the door’ job with a veterinary clinic and who intends to go on and do further study, or even for those interested in basic animal care.

By studying this course, you will gain valuable experience in understanding many aspects of Animal Health Care.   Careerline Courses recommends that any student interested in pursuing an animal care career engage in ongoing volunteer work to gain the necessary practical experience.

This course dovetails with many of our other animal care courses such as diagnosing animal diseases, pet care, dog care and others.

Contact one of our consultants for advice on the best combination of courses to achieve your goals: info@careerlinecourses.asia or phone +63 2 436 9118


There are 12 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction to Animal Health Care

    • animal welfare and control
    • veterinary services
    • code of practice
    • transporting animals
  2. Common Health Problems
    • causes of ill health
    • injury
    • conditions
    • nutritional problems
    • living organisms
    • parasites
    • family pets common conditions
    • dogs
    • cats
    • caged birds
    • aquarium fish
    • mice
    • wild animals common conditions
    • reptiles
  3. Animal Behaviour
    • communication in dogs
    • scent
    • barking
    • body language
    • handling cats
    • bird language
    • types of behavior
    • time orientation
    • space orientation
    • territorial behavior
    • aggression
    • horse psychology
  4. Signs of Ill Health
    • vital signs
    • the healthy animal
    • signs & symptoms of diseases
    • recognising ill health
    • diagnosis of diseases
    • taking smears
    • taking tissue samples
    • diagnosis and control of different types of diseases including
    • viruses
    • bacteria
    • protozoa
    • parasites
    • mites
    • fleas
  5. Veterinary Facilities
    • first aid kit
    • record management
    • enclosure for animals
    • environmental requirements
  6. Safety Procedures
    • duty of care
    • lifting heavy weights
    • reducing back injury
    • protective equipment
    • dealing with chemicals
    • skin penetrating injuries
    • risk categories
    • separating animals
    • disposal of dead/infected tissues
    • dangerous non-animal wastes
    • storage and handling of medicines
    • handling larger animals
  7. Administration of Animal Health
    • animal insurance
    • quarantine
    • importing animals
    • managing a veterinary office
    • telephone usage
    • record keeping
    • filing information
  8. Animal First Aid
    • types of wounds
    • cuts
    • punctures
    • tears
    • treating and cleaning wounds
    • granulating wounds
    • stitching a wound
    • bone and joint problems
    • broken bones
    • tendon injury
    • poisoning
    • restraining animals during first aid
    • restraining cats
    • restraining dogs
    • restraining horses
    • restraining cattle
    • restraining sheep
  9. Preventative Health Care
    • diet
    • insect control
    • dip
    • vaccinate
    • avoid stressing livestock
    • vaccination
  10. Routine Health Treatments
    • de-sexing
    • castration
    • vasectomy
    • spaying
    • tubal ligation
    • castration of cats
    • dogs
    • pregnancy
    • gestation periods
    • euthanasia
    • anaesthesia and analgesia
    • preparing an animal for surgery
    • sterilising equipment
    • castrating a colt
  11. Health Problems in Domestic Pets
    • burns
    • urinary tract infections;
    • shock
    • electrolytes
    • ticks
    • reptiles
    • fish problems
  12. Rehabilitation Care
    • animal nursing
    • planning a recovery

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • To be able to describe the scope of services offered by animal care services, including veterinary practices.
  • Describe common health problems in various animals, including injuries & diseases, causes of ill health problems in family pets
  • Explain the natural behaviour of different types of domestic animals in different situations - natural behaviour of animals, problems in wild animals, and behaviour in domestic animals
  • Identify common signs of ill health in different animals - vital signs, the healthy animal , signs & symptoms of disease , and diagnose and control of diseases
  • Describe the purposes of different facilities used in veterinary practice, the contents of a first aid kit, suitable enclosures for animals
  • Determine safety procedures for a veterinary practice, workplace safety issues, aspects of health and safety for veterinary practices
  • Describe different administration procedures in a veterinary practice, including animal insurance, legal considerations, day to day management of a veterinary office
  • Describe/select first aid procedures/treatments for different animals in response to common health problems in animals, identify types of wounds and suitable treatments
  • Describe requirements for maintaining good health in domestic animals, including nutrition & preventative medicine, preventing ill health through correct management, vaccinations
  • To develop an understanding of routine treatments for healthy animals such as de-sexing, managing a pregnancy and euthanasia
  • To develop a broader awareness of health problems and their treatment in domestic pets, discuss ticks and tick borne diseases, Australian animals, birds, reptiles, and fish
  • To develop skills in caring for animals prior to, during or after treatment, planning a recovery and animal nursing


For the past 10.000 years or more people worldwide have domesticated animals for various reasons, either as pets (to keep them company) or as farm animals (to either work or to provide a product such as meat, wool or dairy produce). Whatever the reason animals are being kept, it is now well accepted that the owners of any animal have a responsibility toward the animal they keep. That responsibility is both a matter of ethics, and increasingly is also a matter of law.


These may include:

  • The General Practice Vet
  • Specialist Vets
  • Pathology Laboratories
  • Animal Hospitals
  • Government Veterinary Services
  • Pharmaceutical Departments
  • Educational and Research Organisations

Private Veterinary Practitioners

Private veterinarians may operate a general practice (dealing with most types of animals, and most types of problems), or a specialist service (dealing with only certain types of animals, or services such as artificial insemination or embryo transfer).Traditionally, private vets are involved in diagnosing disease, and recommending treatment and/or control. In general, government departments only become involved when a serious contagious disease is suspected, when laboratory tests are needed, when public health may be threatened, or when a disease is unexplained & required detailed investigation. Veterinarians are scientists who have university level training. They are highly skilled professionals. They are commonly supported or assisted by veterinary assistants or nurses who may work in any or all of the following areas:

  • Reception and general office duties
  • Medical nursing -including investigative procedures
  • Surgical nursing
  • General cleaning
  • Technical maintenance

Traditionally, veterinarians have employed people at various levels to undertake different combinations of these tasks.

The lowest level has been an "Animal attendant" or "Trainee veterinary nurse" who has been responsible for tasks such as:

  • Basic office duties such as answering the greeting customers, answering the phone, typing, processing mail etc.
  • Basic animal care such as grooming, feeding, cleaning and restraining (eg. placing animals in a cage, or holding them during an examination).

An Animal attendant would normally be closely supervised in their duties, by a veterinary nurse or a veterinarian. An animal attendant might not necessarily have any formal training; but people employed as such are often expected to pursue a course of training to develop further skills and qualify them to work at a higher level as a trainee veterinary nurse, and eventually a qualified veterinary nurse.

Pathology Laboratories

Pathologists conduct scientific investigations into samples sent to them by a vet. These may be tissue samples, blood, etc. taken from a sick animal.

Quarantine Services

Animal quarantine laws vary from country to country.

Because of the seriousness of some diseases and conditions that affect animals, and may impact on human health (i.e. Rabies) or affect livestock production (i.e. Foot and Mouth disease), governments worldwide impose restrictions upon the movement of animals. Restrictions may apply at country, province, shire, state, district or even local levels.

Note: You should research and familiarise yourself with the laws that apply in your country or locality.

Enrolment Information
Philippine: P13,500.00 PHP
Course Code: VAG100
Duration: 100 hours
Qualification: Certificate
Exam: Optional
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