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Veterinary Assistant

Available: Fall, Winter

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.



2 Semesters (1 Year)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Certificate

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.

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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
  • 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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 55013

Student Recruitment

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Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Sarah Carnegie 416.491.5050 ext. 55560

Program Chair

Tony Mallette 416.491.5050 ext. 55143

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network