Animal Careers

Dog Grooming

 

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Companion Animal Care

Dog Grooming

Veterinary Assistant

 

Companion Animal Care

CARING FOR COMPANION ANIMALS (LAG 0001): Are you a dog walker, pet sitter, or caregiver of a dog or cat? Do you want to know more or do more for the pets in your life? Increase your skills and knowledge in this online class that includes an in-person skills day. Nutrition, diseases, behavior, grooming, how to provide specialized care, and emergency preparedness will be covered. Course is online, but meets once for a skills day.

Dog Grooming

Attend our Veterinary Assistant Info Session:

Monday, August 6, 2018, 10-11 a.m., Harper Campus, Bldg W, Room W218

RSVP online or call 847.925.6300.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to groom dogs? Dog Grooming Assistants jobs are expected to grow about 11% over the next 5 years according to occupational outlook.

A Dog Grooming  Assistant or Bather is an entry-level position and is the first step to becoming a professional dog groomer. In this program, you will learn how to identify dog breeds, be able to handle pets safely and compassionately, understand different coat types, the correct way to bathe a dog, how to dry a dog to be ready for styling, safe and efficient brushing techniques, as well as the proper way to trim nails, clean ears and externally express anal glands.

Our Dog Grooming Assistant program is taught by an award-winning Certified Master Groomer. All classes are held in a working pet grooming shop to enable students to integrate knowledge into action while working with dogs.

COURSES

DOG GROOMING ASSISTANT PART 1 (LCE 8106): Take the first step to becoming a professional dog groomer by learning the art from a Master Groomer. This comprehensive introduction to professional dog grooming includes dog groups, dog breeds, breed standards, grooming safety, and positive handling techniques. Information from Dog Grooming Assistant Part 1 and 2 will be integrated. Students purchase grooming kit and course materials.

DOG GROOMING ASSISTANT PART 2 (LCE 8107): This class builds upon the skills learned in Dog Grooming Assistant 1. Under the guidance of a Master Groomer, students will develop the skills to become an assistant dog groomer. Topics include grooming safety, product selection, dog bathing and drying, nail clipping and filing, ear cleaning and plucking, and external anal gland expression. Students purchase grooming kit and course materials.

Veterinary Assistant

Attend our Veterinary Assistant Info Session:

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6-7 p.m., LCC 116 and 118

Harper Learning and Career Center, 1375 Wolf Road, Prospect Heights

RSVP online or call 847.925.6300.

Veterinary Assistants are an important part of the veterinary medical team. Working with veterinarians and veterinarian technicians, they help provide medical care to sick and injured animals. This Digital Badge program can help you enter the field or advance your career if you already work as a veterinary assistant or laboratory animal caretaker in a private practice, animal shelter or control facility.  Topics covered include communicating effectively with clients and co-workers in the clinic setting, ethics in veterinary medicine, basic animal handling, critical thinking when dealing with animals, veterinary clerical responsibilities, diagnostics, pharmacy, patient treatment, and an overview of surgery, anesthesia and emergency care. 

Click here to learn about the Veterinary Assistant Digital Badge and read frequently asked questions about this program.

NAVTA logoHarper College is proud to be one of a handful of schools approved by The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). As a graduate from the Harper program, you will be eligible to take the national Approved Veterinary Assistant test to gain the AVA designation and be recognized for your educational accomplishment.

Planning to continue your education to become a Vet Tech? Joliet Junior College’s Veterinary Medical Technology Programs accepts Harper College’s Veterinary Assistant program in place of the 100 hours of veterinary experience needed as part of their admissions.

Veterinary Assistant Courses

INTRODUCTION TO VETERINARY ASSISTANT (LCE 0006): Explore the exciting role of veterinary assistants in this 12-hour course. You will learn to communicate effectively with clients and co-workers in the clinic setting and study the significance of ethics in veterinary medicine. You will also cover professional competency, basic animal handling and critical thinking when dealing with animals. This course is a prerequisite for the Veterinary Assistant course.

VETERINARY ASSISTANT (LCE 8006): Gain a competitive edge as a formally trained veterinary assistant in this NAVTA approved program. Prepare for entry level employment in a variety of veterinary settings as you learn about anatomy and physiology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, nursing care, surgery, and emergency treatment. In addition to 90 hours in the classroom, you will gain hands on experience completing 60 hours at an assigned partner clinic. Prerequisites: You must be 18 with a high school diploma or GED and successfully complete Introduction to Veterinary Assistant (LCE0006) course.

 

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Please note, not all courses are offered every semester.