Pet Care and Veterinary Practice Assistant – Part Two (1 Module)

SKU: PCVPA2-M Categories: ,

This course has been developed for those who want to work with animals in a veterinary setting. It covers all the knowledge and understanding topics that are required to assist in the practice with the exception of the work experience and practical related subjects.

This a particularly detailed and comprehensive course that is unrivalled in the world of home study.


Course Modules:

  • The details to be recorded on a consent form.
  • Understand why blood samples are usually taken prior to surgery.
  • Why fasting is necessary prior to surgery.
  • Understand the purpose of premedication. The difference between endogenous and exogenous contamination.
  • Understand why an animal is prepared for surgery outside the aseptic operating theatre.
  • The difference between interrupted and continuous sutures; non absorbable sutures.
  • The problems that can occur as a result of an animal being badly positioned during recovery from anaesthesia.
  • The use of intravenous fluids during or after operation.
  • Understand the difference between bradycardia and tachycardia.
  • Recognise the signs that an animal is in pain.
  • The dangers of hypoglycaemia.
  • Understand the difference between first and second intention healing.
  • The different types of dressings and their use.
  • The different methods of drug administration and their advantages and disadvantages.

  • Understand the type of diet required and the feeding regime during pregnancy for cats and dogs.
  • The signs of impending parturition.
  • The length of the average pregnancy in cat and dog. The three stages of labour.
  • The causes of dystocia and the treatment.
  • Appreciate the clinical signs of problems after birth.
  • The treatment that might be given by a vet for metritis. The differences between an altricial and a precocial species.
  • The importance of colostrum.
  • The feeding regime and type of food given to kittens and puppies from birth to weaning if hand reared.
  • The development process from neonate to 6 weeks.
  • The signs of medical problems.
  • The clinical signs of hypothyroidism; the symptoms of cognitive dysfunction.
  • Appreciate how a diet can help with chronic kidney failure in cats.
  • The main aims of fluid therapy and why it might be necessary.
  • The symptoms of an ageing animal.

  • Understand the meanings of proximal and distal.
  • Planes of reference.
  • Prefixes and suffixes.
  • The stages of anaesthesia.
  • Why atropine might be given before general anaesthetic.
  • The different types of injectable anaesthesia and when used.
  • The advantages of inhalant anaesthetic. How to monitor the effects of anaesthesia. Pulmonary oedema.
  • Understand the purpose of a pulse oximeter.
  • How to minimise fluid loss during surgery.
  • The effects on an animal of too much or too little anaesthetic.
  • Diagnostic equipment used prior to an operation.
  • Understand what ultrasonography is.
  • The use of clamping forceps and retractors.
  • The use of orthopaedic instruments.
  • Understand the principles and practices of sterilisation of surgical instruments.

  • Understanding disciplines of ethology, zoology and ecology.
  • How animals do what they do
  • Hardwiring
  • Learned behaviours
  • Brain structure
  • Animal senses
  • Ailments which affect behaviour

  • Administration
  • POPIA Act
  • Financial records
  • Introduction to law
  • Animal Protection Act
  • Veterinary and Para-Veterinary Professions Act
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Medication regulations
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.


Course Details:

Study Level 4

The study Level relates to how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.

6 Module Course

This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.


Fees: Including VAT

Upfront Full Course – R11 990 (includes registration and 6 modules)


Pay as you learn option – R1750 registration (once off) and R1870 per module.

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