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Veterinary Assistant Diploma Program

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

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Program Overview

Veterinary Assistant plays a dual role in a veterinary setting; they are the first person that clients communicate with when they visit or call the veterinary hospital and also assist veterinary technologists with routine tasks. As part of the Veterinary Assistant program, you will:

  • Understand the field of veterinary medicine
  • Oversee front office operations
  • Assist veterinary staff with standard procedures
  • Use digital programs and practice management software

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

Program Delivery

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations and via Robertson Online. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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Winnipeg

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Program Details

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Admission Requirements

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Career Opportunities

Graduates will find employment in veterinary hospitals, veterinary clinics, pet shelters and pet insurance offices in positions such as:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Veterinary Office Assistant
  • Veterinary Technician Assistant
  • Veterinary Medical Assistant
You could be earning in less than a year
$22,880-$33,280

Lifetime Career Services

Even though you’ll leave Robertson once you graduate, we will support you throughout your career. Our team will help you with resume building, job hunting and interview preparation and will continue to guide you as you advance in your role.

Before you graduate, you’ll be paired with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that are committed to your success and helping you thrive.

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Next Start Dates

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Topics of Study

Animal Husbandry - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to the proper care and husbandry of common small animals seen in veterinary practice, with a focus on cats and dogs.

Animal Nutrition - 60 hours

This course has been designed to introduce learners to the critical features of animal nutrition as they relate to cats and dogs.

Animal Parasites - 40 hours

This course will introduce learners to the common internal and external parasites of small animals that are typically seen in veterinary practice.

Animal Restraint - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to the restraint techniques used in veterinary practice to safely and effectively restraint pets for routine veterinary procedures.

Career Preparation - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to career preparation strategies. Learners will be introduced to job search strategies, interviews and other career management strategies.

Common Conditions - 60 hours

This course introduces learners to common, non-communicable conditions of cats and dogs that are seen in veterinary practice.

Customer Service - 20 hours

This course provides a foundation for customer service, and recognizes that clients and colleagues can all be considered customers. Focus is on building customer relationships through the development of positive customer care approaches that includes respect for diversity and ensures organizational integrity.

MSO Applications - 80 hours

This course will prepare learners to perform functions common to all Microsoft Windows applications. Elements include the ability to create and manipulate Word, Excel, or PowerPoint applications, modify the display of toolbars and other on-screen elements, use online help, and perform file management, editing, formatting and printing functions common to most Windows applications.

Pet Immunity and Vaccines - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to common infectious diseases of cats and dogs, and the vaccinations and sanitation protocols used to increase immunity and prevent the spread of these diseases.

Veterinary Assisting - 60 hours

This course introduces learners to the basic principles of veterinary assisting for cats, dogs, and exotics (small mammals, reptiles, birds).

Veterinary Medical Terminology, Anatomy and Physiology - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to the “language” of the veterinary profession, and the basic anatomy and physiology of cats and dogs.

Veterinary Office Procedures - 60 hours

This course introduces learners to the basic administrative skills used in the day-to-day operations of a veterinary practice.

Veterinary Pharmacy - 40 hours

This course introduces learners to pharmacology, the various drugs available in veterinary medicine, and how to accurately dispense medications for patients.

Practicum - 160 hours

The practicum is required for learners in order to gain and apply the knowledge and skills learned throughout all other courses in the program. Learners will gain confidence in skills as they progress. All program competencies are practiced and evaluated by the practicum employer(s) or mentor.

Campus Experience

Virtual Classroom

Have the flexibility to live your life while learning remotely in our Virtual Classroom. Our flexible start dates, small class sizes and online learning tool Brightspace will help you stay on track with your assignments and connect with your peers and instructors.

Industry-Leading Instructors
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.

Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.

Financial Assistance and Funding

Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Practicum

The practicum is an essential part of a learner’s program. It is both a graduation requirement and an extension of in-class learning. The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation. 

Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrollment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment, and is jointly-procured (where you work directly with our WorkForce team to obtain a training-related placement).  Your active participation with our Workforce Team in the search for your practicum placement will enhance your career development skills, industry networking opportunities, and professional communication skills.

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Program Availability

This program is offered at multiple Robertson College campus locations and via Robertson Online. Select a campus below to view campus specific information, like schedule information and enrolment dates.

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Calgary
Edmonton
Winnipeg

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