Veterinary Assistant
Love animals? Work with cats and dogs in our on-campus veterinary hospital. Emphasis on companion animals. High student satisfaction.

General information

Program code
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Winter 2022 Orillia

Program description

Students focus on the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to assist veterinary professionals in the practice of Veterinary Medicine and also in animal care settings. Students learn the handling and restraint of animals as well as basic animal husbandry and clinical procedures. Emphasis is on companion animals. Students also learn a variety of basic diagnostic laboratory techniques, surgical support procedures, receptionist and client relation skills. Students learn and reinforce their skills and knowledge through a combination of lecture and hands on laboratory practice in the on-site veterinary hospital.

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

Career opportunities

Graduates may find a range of occupations as a member of veterinary health care team, including employment in veterinary clinics, zoos, wild-life centers, pet stores, animal shelters, and grooming facilities.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

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

First-year enrolment is limited, satisfying minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

Students are required to provide proof of pre-exposure rabies vaccination within the first four weeks of beginning the program.


Program-specific Courses

  • VETA 1002 - Front Office and Reception 1
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • VETA 1003 - Clinical Procedures 1
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • VETA 1004 - Laboratory Procedures/Imaging
    (Semester 1 / 56 hours)
  • VETA 1010 - Success in Veterinary Assistant and Beyond
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • VETA 1011 - Basic Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • VETA 1012 - Veterinary Medical Terminology
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • VETA 1005 - Pharmacology for Veterinary Assistants
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • VETA 1006 - Front Office and Reception 2
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • VETA 1007 - Clinical Procedures 2
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • VETA 1008 - Surgical Assisting
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • VETA 1009 - Kennel and Hospital Duty
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)