Health, Wellness and Sciences

Veterinary Assistant

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2017 Orillia

Program description

The Veterinary Assistant Program provides an opportunity for students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assist Veterinary Professionals in the practice of Veterinary Medicine and also in other animal care settings. This one year (two semester) program prepares the student to handle and restrain companion animals as well as perform basic husbandry and clinical procedures. The student also learns a variety of basic diagnostic laboratory techniques, surgical support procedures, and receptionist and client relation skills. Students learn and reinforce their skills and knowledge through a combination lecture and hands on laboratory practice in our Orillia campus veterinary hospital.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

Admission details

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

  • OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG 4C, ENG 4U); plus Grade 11 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

  • Any credit Communication course and most credit biology courses taken at Georgian College
  • College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*
  • Equivalent courses in English and biology taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and biology
  • Mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*
  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology.
  • English, Literature or Communication credit courses and most biology credit courses from accredited colleges/universities
  • If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and testing/challenge exam in biology that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade in required subjects is 70%.


Mandatory Courses

VETA1000 Basic Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
VETA1001 Veterinary Medical Terminology
VETA1002 Front Office and Reception 1
VETA1003 Clinical Procedures 1
VETA1004 Laboratory Procedures/Imaging
COMP1067 Computer Literacy
VETA1005 Pharmacology for Veterinary Assistants
VETA1006 Front Office and Reception 2
VETA1007 Clinical Procedures 2
VETA1008 Surgical Assisting
VETA1009 Kennel and Hospital Duty

Communications Course

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Course

To be selected from College list

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