Veterinary Office and Technical Assistants play an integral role in veterinary office settings. Whether they are working at veterinary hospitals, veterinary clinics, pet shelter or pet shops, they provide client services for pets and their owners. As a graduate of this program, you will be skilled in administration, human relations, animal restraint, disease control and prevention, medical care, and surgical preparation. You will also be able to educate clients on nutrition, parasitology and basic animal care.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • calgary
  • edmonton

Program Highlights

Designed to provide comprehensive training for a career in client services for companion animals and their owners, the Veterinary Office & Technical Assistant program will enable you to handle front office operations and assist the veterinarian.

  • Learn the basic physical and psychological techniques to handle and restraint animals using both model and live animals
  • Learn about animal husbandry; topics include breeds and breeding, anatomy, physiology, handling, training, behavior, euthanasia and more
  • Learn about common parasites of dogs and cats as well as vaccinations, sanitation and disease prevention
  • Be introduced to the world of surgery and become familiar with the procedures used for common surgical procedures
  • Develop your customer services skills and how to perform office procedures that are specific to a veterinary office setting
  • Learn to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications including Word and Excel
  • Learn to use Cornerstone, a database software program commonly used in veterinary office settings
  • Gain hands-on experience with clinic sessions where graduating students will act as VOAs in a variety of scenarios



Program Practicum

Valuable workplace experience is gained during the compulsory 4-week full-time practicum where you will work alongside industry professionals in a veterinary office setting.

what you could be earning in less than one year$27,040 - $41,600wage data taken from: jobbank.gc.ca
program duration35 Weeks
  • Benefit from hands-on learning in a small-class environment
  • Learn from industry instructors who bring real-life experience and insight into the classroom
  • Gain hands-on work experience during your practicum placement arranged by the college
  • Multiple intakes throughout the year mean you can start the program when it is convenient for you
  • Lifetime career services to help you conduct a thorough job search and connect with employers in the Robertson College Employer Network
  • Financial assistance is available to those who qualify

Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in veterinary hospitals, veterinary clinics, pet shelters and pet insurance offices across Alberta.

Upcoming Event

Calgary Health Care Career Fair

Robertson College Calgary is hosting a Health Care Career Fair for all our Health Care students and graduates looking to start a new career in Health Care. You will have the opportunity to connect and network with employers in the Health Care industry. 

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Veterinary Office and Technical Assistant Information Session

Experience for yourself what our Veterinary Office & Technical Assistant program is like while learning more about the program and the role of the Veterinary Office & Technical Assistant.  You will have the opportunity to meet our instructors, tour our campus and find out more about the admissions process. Seating is limited - RSVP online or call 403.920.0070.More Information ]

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