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Veterinary Hospital Assistant
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9-month Veterinary Hospital Assistant Program

The Veterinary Hospital Assistant diploma program provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to become a qualified Veterinary Assistant. You’ll learn directly from experienced animal care professionals, in both a classroom and practical hands-on lab environment.

You will gain practical know-how in key areas, ready to dive into a career where you really can make a difference by the end of the workday. Graduates of the program become qualified “front-line” veterinary hospital assistants. Classes begin in both April and October, and usually, fill up far in advance.

Skills include:

  • Surgical preparation
  • Instrument identification
  • Front office procedures
  • Client care & communications
  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Animal anatomy & physiology
  • Knowledge of diet, parasite and vaccination procedures
  • Personal and professional development
  • Emergency procedures training
  • An understanding of holistic pet care
  • Pet insurance
  • Animal behaviour & nutrition
  • Business technology
  • Pet first aid (additional 1-day course)

Career Opportunities:

  • Animal Emergency Clinic
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Boarding Kennel
  • Animal Shelter
  • PETA

Key Information:

  • Delivery: In-class or ONLINE
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Starts: April, October
  • Credential: Diploma

Graduates of the program become qualified “front-line” Veterinary Hospital Assistants and regularly find rewarding careers in a variety of animal care settings like Veterinary Hospitals • Animal Emergency and Critical Care Clinics • Boarding Kennels • Animal Non-Profit Organizations • Grooming Facilities.

Turn your passion for animals.
Into a rewarding profession.


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Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have also partnered to create the CAT-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling CAT graduates entry into BCIT’s School of Business.

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