"This program provides students with the skills they need to do well in the veterinary industry, and gives the best patient and client care. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in working for a veterinary practice."

Kim Guckert

“I found that the VMR program offers a great opportunity to gain exposure in the veterinary field. The program was also very beneficial in strengthening my skills and knowledge of computers. Overall, I feel that the VMR program definitely prepares you to be successful in a clinic environment.”

Megan Fleming

Veterinary Medical Receptionist ONLINE Delivery

Complete the Veterinary Medical Receptionist program from home. The new online delivery method will allow students to complete 2 courses per 7 week block (total of 10 courses). Running from September - August students will gain their certificate through a combination of distance learning, one week on campus lab and an Industry Practicum. Applications are currently being accepted on a first qualified, first admitted basis. APPLY NOW! 

Program Description

Do you enjoy working with people and share a love for animals? This program combines office administration and veterinary medicine skills to train you as a valued member of a veterinary team. The Veterinary Medical Receptionist (VMR) provides client care as the “face of the practice” and hands-on animal care to farm and companion animals, both large and small.

This eight-month certificate program begins in September and culminates with a four week industry practicum. Graduates of this program will be able to explain veterinary procedures, protocols, and materials, complete veterinary pharmaceutical procedures as directed by a veterinarian, identify common breeds, behavior and handling of selected species, provide nutritional information and guidance, home care instruction, client education (disease prevention, dental care, obesity management), identify animal systems and components, interact professionally with clients and staff, utilize appropriate software, produce professional documents, provide veterinary customer service and communicate effectively within the animal health industry. VMR students are also responsible for creating promotional items, organizing and booking adoption appointments, and responding to phone inquiries for our “Adopt a Pet” program (find us on Facebook).

To understand the importance of the Veterinary Medical Receptionist role we recommend you seek a job shadowing opportunity at your local veterinary clinic.


Hear what our students and instructors have to say about the Vetrinary Medical Receptionist program!

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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Admission Requirements

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 
  • 50% or better in one of Biology 20 Chemistry 20 or Science 20

Career Opportunities

  • Veterinary practices 
  • Animal shelters 
  • Animal care facilities

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Alternate Admissions Status

Alternate Admission Status applies if you do not meet the Alberta high school requirements of the program to which you are applying, or if you received your high school education through home based learning. Alternate Admission Status students may be required to meet specific program admission requirements. To apply under this status, you must submit a transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses, a letter in support of your application outlining aspects of your background and experience that might have prepared you for the program and a resume of work experience. Documents such as a letters of reference from previous educators or employers, and/or a portfolio of related academic/project work may be included with your application.

Bobby-Joe Borodey
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-556-4610
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: animals@oldscollege.ca

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Applications Now Open!


Enrolment Advisor

Bobby-Joe Borodey
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-556-4610
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: animals@oldscollege.ca

Request an Information Package

Check out our VIRTUAL TOUR!

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Ask Us or Visit Us

Still have questions? Ask Us. Or take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Register online or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, or check out our VIRTUAL TOUR.