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Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist


Veterinary Assistant/Receptionist

Duration: 3 semesters plus 8 week work term
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Faculty: Animal Care & Nature
Certification: Diploma of Applied Arts

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.

Program Courses

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

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, marine facilities, riding stables, or dairy barns. Students may also become self-employed through operating their own pet-sitting or pet-daycare business.

Entrance Requirements

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