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PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Animals need care and lots of love. A Veterinary Technical Assistant does both and most importantly enjoys working with dogs and cats. In as little as four months you could receive a Veterinary Technical Assistant certificate and start a career making money doing something about which you are passionate. This is an entry level program that introduces students to the veterinary industry and animal care. The Veterinary Technical Assistant is a valued member of a veterinary practice team and works along-side veterinary professionals, Animal Health Technicians, and shelter staff in the small animal industry.

 

Admitted students should be aware of occupational programs where potential for exposure to animals with disease/infection is high. Please read more about program specific Immunization Information.

 

“Olds College helped to prepare me for work in a veterinary office environment by providing me with the practical knowledge and training in animal handling. The experience as a whole was fun, interactive and personally satisfying.” - Allison Letkeman, Graduate

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:

  • Work confidently with small animals to provide care in a hospital setting.
  • Understand basic veterinary terminology.
  • Understand common medical and surgical procedures in veterinary medicine.
  • Identify, care for and maintain veterinary equipment and instruments.
  • Provide basic care and husbandry to cats/dogs.
  • Work professionally in a veterinary setting.

 

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

 

LENGTH OF PROGRAM: Four (4) Months

 

METHOD OF DELIVERY: 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 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: Not Applicable

 

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 Students.

 

DIRECTED FIELD STUDY REQUIRED: Not Applicable

 

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 clinics
  • Animal shelters
  • Boarding facilities
  • Pet stores

 

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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, or check out our 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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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.