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Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant Ontario College Certificate

What is Veterinary Assistant?

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.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
VETA
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
2 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Location:
Orillia
Start:

Winter - Orillia

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Email:
Casey.Wilson@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

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.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • provide humane and ethical care for the basic needs of companion animals within the scope of the regulation, laws and statutes governing animals and the Veterinary profession


  • identify and interpret animal behaviours and body language and restrain and manage a variety of breeds of companion animals in clinical situations


  • perform basic clinical procedures on animals such as assessing vital signs and administering medications, including common chemical restraints as required, under the supervision of a veterinary professional


  • collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work and perform basic diagnostic tests such as parasite load assays and urine chemistries


  • prepare and maintain the surgical area and supplies ensuring adequate levels of asepsis and assist during surgical procedures


  • assist with the production of diagnostic quality radiographs


  • perform client relation skills, including animal care counseling, reception and basic bookkeeping duties through the use of current word processing software as well as veterinary specific software


  • identify the implications of veterinary assistant practice on the natural environment and to employ environmentally sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment.
Winter Intake - Orillia

Semester 1 | Semester 2

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Winter | Summer

2017 | 2017

Georgian College is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association and by the Canadian Council on Animal Care as a "Good Animal Practice" facility.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

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%.

11 Mandatory Courses

1 Communications Course

1 General Education Course

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

COMP1067 Computer Literacy
VETA1000 Basic Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
VETA1001 Veterinary Medical Terminology
VETA1002 Front Office and Reception 1
VETA1003 Clinical Procedures 1
VETA1004 Laboratory Procedures/Imaging
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

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Casey Wilson
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1444

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