Receive the necessary training to perform the multifaceted duties of Veterinary Office Assistants

Veterinary Office Assistants provide office support to the veterinarian and animal health technicians. They play an integral role in the smooth operation of the veterinarian’s practice. If you love working with animals and want to help pet owners take care of their pets, then this career path is for you!

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • online

Program Highlights

Veterinary Office Assistants deal directly with clients and their pets and help assess their needs, provide guidance and support, manage appointments and perform desk operations. As part of the Veterinary Office Assistant program, you will:

  • Learn about veterinary office procedures
  • Gain the skills and knowledge required to provide assistance to clients and their pets
  • Gain administrative skills such as filing, ordering supplies, managing front office operations, completing files that can be transferrable to other office settings
  • Learn how to properly clean and maintain examination rooms and storage areas
  • Learn how to appropriately restrain and handle companion pets when needed
  • Develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to handle the multi-faceted duties of a Veterinary Office Assistant

Career opportunities for Veterinary Office Assistants exist in veterinary hospitals/clinics, pet shelters pet stores, humane shelters, pet daycares, Animal Control and other animal facilities across Manitoba. 

Veterinary Office Assistant Program Practicum

At the end of your program, you will participate in a 4-week work practicum in a veterinary office setting where you will gain valuable hands-on experience.

what you could be earning in less than one year$23,920 - $33,280wage data taken from:
program duration32 Weeks
  • Benefit from an interactive learning experience in our Veterinary Lab classrooms
  • Students will be given a laptop computer to use for the duration of their program
  • We offer flexible program schedule for this program with classes starting throughout the year
  • Benefit from a dedicated Career Services department that will help you prepare for your job search and connect you with local employers in our 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 Manitoba.

What Our VOA Students Say...

"The Veterinary Office Assistant Program offered at Robertson College gave me the skills I needed to succeed in the veterinary field. What I enjoyed most was the method of learning, it was made fun and easy to learn. My never-ending questions were always answered and extra work was offered upon request, allowing me to graduate at the top of my class.

The program prepared me for the workforce by doubling my typing speed. Learning a lot of theory, such as anatomy, parasites, and pharmaceuticals, all of which we need to know in the field. We practiced hands on with live animals which was definitely helpful."

Employer Feedback from Anderson Animal Hospital

"Many of our staff graduated from the Robertson College's Veterinary Office Assistant course, have years of experience in Customer Service and all share their lives with companion animals. With a range of knowledge in small companion animal health and nutrition, often they are called upon to answer questions our clients have. Our receptionists are the voice you hear when you call and also the people to greet you at the door when you come into the clinic.  They will make sure you get answers to your questions in a timely manner."

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