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Veterinary Assistant

Veterinary Assistant

Program Code:VTA
Campus:King
Duration:2 semesters (1 Year)
Offered:Winter
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

This one-year, two semester program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills required to assist veterinary professionals in the practice of veterinary science. It also supports opportunities to work within other applied animal sciences, such as, animal shelters, research facilities, farm animal settings, grooming salons, wildlife establishments, and zoos. Students learn a variety of basic laboratory techniques to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of domestic animals in addition to clerical and administrative skills required in an animal facility.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

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

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English, and biology.

Prior To Beginning Of Class:

  • Pre-exposure immunization for rabies

Prior To Beginning Of Class:

  • Due to the physical requirements of the career, the ability to lift 25kg is needed
  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Prior work experience with animals

Fees

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Your Career

Become a Veterinary Assistant. With our two-semester certificate program, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in animal care. You will learn about animal health and disease, animal behavior, handling and general care, dog grooming, and basic laboratory procedures. Veterinary Assistants are employed in a variety of animal care environments; these include veterinary clinics, animal shelters, pet stores, grooming salons, and wildlife facilities.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals
EAC150 College English
VAH100 Animal Handling Introduction
VAP101 Anatomy and Physiology
VCR100 Client Relations and Medical Terminology
VLP100 Laboratory Procedures and Techniques
VMP100 Math and Pharmacology
 
Semester 2
VAC200 Animal and Clinic Care
VCP200 Career Management and Field Placement
VGR200 Introduction to Nutrition and Grooming
VLL200 Large and Laboratory Animal Handling
VSA200 Animal Handling and Therapeutic Skills
VSR200 Surgical Assisting and Radiology
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals
EAC150 College English
VAH100 Animal Handling Introduction
VAP101 Anatomy and Physiology
VCR100 Client Relations and Medical Terminology
VLP100 Laboratory Procedures and Techniques
VMP100 Math and Pharmacology
 
Semester 2
VAC200 Animal and Clinic Care
VCP200 Career Management and Field Placement
VGR200 Introduction to Nutrition and Grooming
VLL200 Large and Laboratory Animal Handling
VSA200 Animal Handling and Therapeutic Skills
VSR200 Surgical Assisting and Radiology
plus: General Education Course

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Sarah Carnegie
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55560
Sarah.Carnegie@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Tony Mallette
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
Tony.Mallette@senecacollege.ca
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Testimonials

Completing the Veterinary Assistant (VTA) program is the accomplishment I’m proudest of. The education was phenomenal, interesting and also a lot of fun. The professors truly care about their students, and because of this, success was an easy thing to come by. I went in to this program with a love for animals and I came out with not only love for animals, but a great deal of knowledge about how to care for them. The VTA program was also a great way to prepare for the VeterinaryTechnician (VTE) diploma program. I recommend it to all animal lovers with a passion for animal care and a thirst for success in the field.

Tiana Cardillo
Graduate

The Veterinary Assistant (VTA) program at Seneca is a one-of-a-kind program. The professors are kind, experienced, and well-equipped to teach the hands-on skills required for a professional career in veterinary assistance. The program features a co-operative placement component, as well as laboratory, barn, and live large and small animals on-site for a full practical learning experience. Additionally, the VTA program gives you an advantage and a taste of what you can expect if you decide to further your education with the similar Veterinary Technician (VTE) diploma program. I enjoyed the program and I know the knowledge I've gained has and will continue to benefit me and my future goals.

Katy Nicholson
Graduate