Algonquin College

Veterinary Assistant


Turn your interest and passion for animal care and welfare into a career.
The one-year, two-semester Veterinary Assistant Ontario College Certificate program provides you with a strong foundation of theory and practical skills necessary to provide quality care and support in veterinary and animal care settings. Areas of study include animal handling and restraint, surgical preparation, common diseases, animal behavior, laboratory procedures, grooming techniques, business practices,and client services. The development of strong interpersonal and communication skills is emphasized. The program relies on a variety of course delivery formats including traditional in-class labs and lectures, as well as on-line and hybrid courses and off-site labs. The focus is primarily companion animal care, with additional information on large animal, shelter animal and laboratory animal care.
Employment opportunities for veterinary assistants are varied and may include:

veterinary clinics
animal shelter and rescue organizations
wildlife sanctuaries
research facilities
grooming and pet care businesses
This program is well -suited for students who:

Are detail-oriented, organized and able to work independently.
Enjoy working as a team member.
Are receptive to direction, able to multitask and work efficiently.
Have the ability to apply theoretical knowledge into practical skills.
Have flexible schedules and can perform shift work including evenings, weekends and holidays.
Possess good communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to develop positive professional relationships with coworkers and clientele.
Are dedicated to providing quality and compassionate animal care.
Are comfortable working in a clinical setting and handling biological materials such as urine, feces and blood.
Have the ability to lift and carry up to 25kg, stand for long periods of time and handle a physically demanding environment.

Program Duration:
1 Year
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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