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. The VMR Certificate is currently offered in two delivery methods:

  • ON-CAMPUS Delivery: This eight-month certificate program begins in September and culminates with a four week industry practicum. During their studies, 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.
  • 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 to August, students will gain their certificate through a combination of distance learning, a one week on-campus laboratory, and an Industry Practicum.


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

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PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Explain veterinary procedures, protocols and materials.
  • Complete veterinary pharmaceutical procedures as directed by a veterinarian.
  • Explain infectious diseases and prevention.
  • Identify common breeds, behaviour, and handling of selected species.
  • Identify the animal systems and components of Animal Health Management.
  • Interact professionally with clients and staff.
  • Utilize appropriate software.
  • Produce professional documents.
  • Provide veterinary customer service and client education. Communicate effectively within the animal health industry.

 

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

 

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: One (1) Year

 

METHOD OF DELIVERY: Online or On Campus Delivery

 

PROGRAM INTAKES:

  • Fall Intake – September program start

 

APPLICATIONS OPEN:

  • October 1 for the Fall Intake

 

SELECTION PROCESS FOR ADMISSION: First Qualified, First Accepted

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)
  • 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

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants are required to submit the following information:

  • An application and application fee of $78.75 ($75.00 + GST) online at oldscollege.ca/apply
  • A High School and/or academic upgrading transcript of completed courses.
  • Proof of enrolment in any required course(s) not yet completed (e.g.: a timetable, list of courses signed by the counselor/principal, or letter from institution or staff/instructor)

 

ACADEMIC UPGRADING AND HIGH SCHOOL APPLICANTS: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

 

ALTERNATE ADMISSION OPTION: Applicable

Alternate Admission status may apply to students who have not or will not complete one or more of the academic admission requirements. To apply under Alternate Admission Status, please provide the following:

  1. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
  • Introduce yourself
  • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
  • Elaborate on your career goals
  • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  1. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  2. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  3. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

 

OUT OF PROVINCE APPLICANTS: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

 

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Olds College welcomes applications from international applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency. Further information can be found on our website under International StudentsInternational Students will require a Study Permit and a Co-Op Work Permit for this program.

 

DIRECTED FIELD STUDY/ WORK EXPERIENCE/ PRACTICUM REQUIRED: Applicable.  

Students are required to complete a 4-week (160 hour) practicum at the end of the program in order to successfully graduate.

 

TUITION, MANDATORY FEES, BOOKS, & SUPPLIES: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Veterinary practices
  • Animal shelters
  • Animal care facilities

Visit Career Coach to help you find the most current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training.

 

STUDENT LIFE: Campus activities are an important part of your experience at Olds College. Check out all that the campus has to offer for Student Life and make the most of your time here!

 

COME VISIT: Take advantage of our many opportunities to come for a campus visit. Contact our Campus Visit Coordinator Marvin Deitzer to arrange a tour, or check out our newly updated VIRTUAL TOUR. Further information, including upcoming events and tour dates for both the Olds Campus and The Fashion Institute in Calgary, AB, are available on our website.

 

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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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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