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Careers in the Veterinary Industry

Gain insights into the different roles and responsibilities of professionals working within veterinary practices.

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Explore the day-to-day running of veterinary practices, facilities, and clinics

When considering a career in animal care, the many avenues and organisations available can make it difficult to know where to start.

This course from Learning Lounge will help inform your future career choices in the animal care sector. You’ll gain an overview of animal facilities, with a specific focus on veterinary care, and examine a variety of roles available within them.

Examine the different types of animal facilities

From animal rescues to zoos, animal care organisations can be extremely varied, as can the work they entail.

You’ll delve into common facility types, exploring the main tasks that you would experience in various roles, helping you identify any areas of interest.

Investigate the daily tasks of staff in veterinary clinics

Taking a closer look at the responsibilities of those working in veterinary practices, you’ll explore the complete cycle of animal care and surgery including patient care, maintaining equipment, running laboratory tests, cleaning, and stock management.

You’ll also examine the sensitive topics of euthanasia, burial and other alternatives, giving you insights into staff roles from admin and reception to veterinary surgeons.

Identify the benefits and challenges of various veterinary facilities

Within the field of veterinary care, there are also choices to make about what kind of facility you’d be most suited to.

You’ll identify the differences between clinics and hospitals, specialist and general care, and independent or corporate practices. This will allow you to weigh up the pros and cons of each facility within the context of your own career goals.

You’ll end this course understanding the roles and responsibilities of various staff within animal care facilities, helping you plan your own career path in the veterinary sector.

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  • Week 1

    Animal facilities, practices and tasks

    • Introduction to the course

      Welcome to Working in Veterinary Facilities and the start of your learning journey.

    • Types of animal facilities

      In this activity, we will discuss the different types of animal facilities. These facilities include veterinary facilities, animal rescues, pounds, kennels, catteries, horse agistment, animal training and day-care facilities, and

    • Types of veterinary practices

      In this activity, we will discuss the different types of veterinary practices. These include clinics, hospitals, fixed, mobile, corporate, independent, specialist and general practitioners.

    • Daily tasks in veterinary clinics

      In this activity, we will discuss daily veterinary clinic tasks, including the surgical patient flow, hospitalised patient care, and performing laboratory tests.

    • Euthanasia

      In this activity, we will discuss euthanasia, burial, and alternatives.

    • Wrapping up week 1

      You have reached the end of Week 1. In this activity, you'll reflect on what you have learned.

  • Week 2

    Equipment, roles, and housing

    • Introduction to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2. In this activity we'll highlight the main topics that will be covered this week.

    • The running of a veterinary clinic

      In this activity, we will explore how a veterinary clinic operates daily. This will include maintaining equipment, stock maintenance, cleaning, sterilising equipment, administration, meetings and training.

    • Roles within the veterinary practice

      In this activity, we will explore the various roles with the veterinary practice, including animal attending, reception, patient care, hospitals, surgical nurses and consulting.

    • Housing animals in veterinary clinics

      In this activity, we will explore the housing of animals in veterinary clinics. This includes the overarching guidelines, namely space, ventilation, temperature, light, bedding, hygiene, and stress management.

    • Wrap up

      You have reached the end of this course. In this activity, you will reflect on what you have learned.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the different types of animal facilities.
  • Describe the different types of veterinary practices.
  • Discuss the daily tasks in a veterinary clinic.
  • Explain the process of euthanasia.
  • Summarise the importance of stock and equipment maintenance.
  • Identify the different roles within the veterinary practice.
  • Describe housing guidelines in veterinary clinics.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone at the initial stages of their career search and considering work within the animal care sector.

It will be particularly beneficial to those who want to further their understanding of careers within animal care, specifically focussing on veterinary services.

Who developed the course?

Learning Lounge

Learning Lounge (LL) is Australia’s leading online course publisher. With over 100,000+ hours of highly produced, engaging, industry-led content across 20+ industries.

Learning Lounge believes fervently in the value of online learning: it is fundamental to their vision and always will be. They are constantly investing in improving a learner’s experience by creating engaging, interactive content.


FutureLearn is a leading social learning platform and has been providing high quality online courses for learners around the world over the last ten years.

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