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TECH152-0108: Common Domestic Animal Handling and Restraint for the Veterinary Practice

Shelley Shopsowitz-Durand, RVT, BA

January 9-February 15, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings January 15, 22, 29 and February 5; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)


Proper restraint and handling of pets that come into the veterinary practice is extremely important to the safety of both veterinary staff and the animals that we see. In addition, veterinary staff positions outside the traditional veterinary practice require the knowledge and adaptability to handle a variety of animals. Safety is the number one concern for both the staff member and for the animal; proper handling is essential. We will also cover a variety of handling and restraint techniques for each common domestic species.

This course is designed to give information that will be helpful to both veterinary assistants and veterinary technicians. It is hoped that in both the message boards and real time sessions, participants will be able to share some of their experiences, as well as pick up helpful techniques and information. The course will consist of four (4) 90 minute real time sessions. Each session will address particular species of animals encountered in veterinary practices.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should

TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course. A list of reference texts will be provided in the course area library


Week 1: Dogs
The first week we will cover handling of dogs including a basic understanding of canine behavior, restraint for various injections and procedures, restraint devices such as muzzles, rabies poles, etc. We will also discuss when chemical restraint is recommended. Safety for the animal being treated or examined and the personnel involved in the procedure. Last we will discuss dealing with the aggressive dog and understanding the fearful dog.

Week 2: Cats
Basic behavior patterns in cats, restraint devices such as towels, muzzles, cat bags, etc. will be covered this week. We will discuss chemical restraint and when and where it is necessary. A variety of positioning techniques will be covered for injections, blood collection, etc. And finally, safety issues to minimize bites and scratches as well as ensure no injury to the patient will complete this week.

Week 3: Pocket pets and rabbits
This week we will cover safe handling of mice, rats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, ferrets and rabbits. Types of procedures that are commonly performed on these types of animals will be covered for both the veterinary practice and basic non veterinary practice handling. Proper housing of these pets in the veterinary clinic is a concern we will also cover. Basic bird handling and housing will be covered as well.

Week 4: Horses
An understanding of innate behavior in horses necessary for safe and effective handling. In addition to restraint techniques, proper handling of horses including haltering, leading, catching in the field or stall, etc.

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$117 ($105.00 early bird special if registered before Jamuary 2, 2008).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

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