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

The Robertson College Edmonton Veterinary Office and Technical Assistant program is designed to provide comprehensive training for a career in client services for pets and their owners.  As a graduate, you will be the front office person promoting the hospital and / or assisting the Veterinarian and Technician as they work to improve the health of companion animals. 

  • Learn the basic restraint techniques to handle and restraint animals and how to adapt them to the patient and procedures being performed
  • Learn about animal husbandry; topics include breeds, anatomy, physiology, pediatrics, adolescence, senior pets, handling, training, behaviour and euthanasia
  • Be introduced to the world of surgery and become familiar with the procedures used for common surgical procedures
  • Study the range of clinical signs, diagnostic tests, and treatments related to common diseases and conditions
  • Learn to use Cornerstone, a database software program commonly used in veterinary office settings
  • Develop your customer service 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
  • 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 through the year so 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.

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