Just like people, animals are susceptible to a variety of diseases and injuries that can affect their health and well-being. When animals get sick, it is important that they receive proper medical attention to prevent their condition from getting worse. Animal nursing is the discipline that ensures immediate and necessary medical care is provided to sick or injured animals.
Animal nursing is the practice of providing supportive care to animals that are receiving treatments. It is facilitated by animal nurses, who are considered as vital members of a veterinary team. The practice encompasses such functions as assessing the condition of animal patients, diagnosing diseases, handling and controlling animals, administering first aid, and monitoring the condition of ill animals. Animal nursing also ensures that pet owners are educated about the nutrition, preventative care, and behaviour of their pets.
The course serves as a quick reference point for the basic concepts, practices, and procedures involved in animal nursing. It is meant to help participants, who are aspiring to become animal nurses or animal care workers, to know how to deliver proper and safe supportive care and therapeutic treatments to a wide variety of animals.
The course introduces participants to the veterinary field, discussing its structure, the key members of a veterinary team and their responsibilities, and the work of a veterinary or animal nurse. It also provides comprehensive coverage on the subject of animal life formation and development, with special emphasis on the essentials of animal anatomy and physiology.
Given that animal nursing is all about ensuring the health and welfare of animals, those involved in it must know how to carry out the responsibilities properly and safely and with consideration for industry standards. On that note, the course offers information and instructions on various nursing practices and procedures and their administration. That includes controlling and handling animals, diagnosing diseases, assessing nutritional requirements and tackling nutritional intake, first aid administration, condition monitoring, infection prevention and control, and assisting in surgical procedures.
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Important points are spread throughout the course. A pen and paper will come in handy in such situation, so you can jot down the things you need to remember.
To participate in the online aspects of the course, you need to have access to a stable Internet connection.