The initial course consists of 78 classroom hours and 18 clinic hours and provides an introduction to the field of veterinary medicine. Topics include an orientation to the veterinary profession, office and client relations, client history taking and exam room procedures, animal handling techniques, basic anatomy and physiology, vaccines and immunizations, and physical examination procedures. It also provides instruction on laboratory procedures, drug therapy and radiology procedures. Topics include types of laboratory tests, microscopes, drugs used in the field and radiology. This course includes a supervised practicum. Prerequisite: Preparation for the Veterinary Assistant Training Course Series.