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Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist

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Duration: 3 semesters plus 8 week work term. Click here for specific start dates.
Faculty: Animal Care & Nature
Certification: Diploma of Applied Arts
Entrance Requirements: Please click here

Program Description

The Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist program prepares students for a career in the field of animal care. Students will receive hands-on training that will enable them to assist the veterinarian in day-to-day clinical procedures that may include: anesthesia monitoring, preparing for surgeries, surgery assisting, administering medications, taking X-Rays, and counseling clients on training methods. This program also prepares students to effectively perform administrative and reception duties.

Please note that due to the nature of this career, employees are required to tolerate regular physical activity during the course of their work day. If you have any medical concerns, please contact your admissions officer to ensure you are aware of the requirements of the occupation and to determine if you are eligible for accommodations in this program.

Program Courses

  • Animal Care and Handling
  • Canine Behaviour
  • Feline Behaviour
  • Information Technology
  • Introduction to Computers
  • Introduction to Veterinary Fundamentals
  • Job Search Skills
  • Keyboarding
  • Pet First Aid
  • Psychology for Work
  • Small Animal Breeds
  • Small Animal Handling and Restraint
  • Small Animal Health
  • Small Animal Medical Nursing
  • Small Animal Nutrition
  • Small Animal Surgical Nursing
  • Standard First Aid
  • Veterinary Office Practices
  • Work Term

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of the Veterinary Assistant / Receptionist program, students may be eligible to work (depending on specific hiring practices) in veterinary clinics (large, small, or mixed animal practice), university laboratories, private drug companies, and marine facilities. Students may also become self-employed through operating their own pet-sitting or pet-daycare business.

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