Veterinary Administrative Assistant Certificate Program










6 months (Full-time)

Continuous (Part-time)
Fall 2014 (Full-time)


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*Note: Textbooks are not included in tuition and fees may change without notification.

You have a passion for animals, have strong interpersonal skills and are a fast thinker. It’s time to put your skills to work as a Veterinary Administrative Assistant. A career in the veterinary field will allow you to utilize your skill sets and develop new ones in a challenging and rewarding way! In our program you will learn about becoming an integral part of an animal care facility and will be given the tools to excel as an assistant to Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.



UFV’s Veterinary Administrative Assistant certificate program offers students flexibility to study the specific courses they need to work in an animal care facility.

This 660 hour certificate program is delivered through UFV’s Continuing Studies department and consists of ten courses and a practicum component designed to provide you with hands on experience in a veterinary office.

Registration is ongoing for the part-time courses, and takes place in the Fall semester for Full-time courses. There is no application required.

Students will take the courses listed below.

  • Veterinary Business Fundamentals
  • Veterinary Hospital Fundamentals
  • Veterinary Surgical Fundamentals
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Common Diseases
  • Introduction to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
  • Grooming
  • Animal Behaviour and Nutrition
  • Animal Shelters and animal Lab Husbandry
  • Bookkeeping
  • 3-week practicum
  • Review

You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, and examination results. You must achieve an 85 percent overall grade average and attendance of 90 percent in each course to earn the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

Who knows more about Veterinary Administrative Assistant duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.


Program Coordinator
604-795-2847 or 1-888-504-7441, local 2847

In addition to a selection of Continuing Studies courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.

last updated April 2014

Courses offered in Winter 2014 for the part-time option:

Introduction to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
This module will cover handling and dispensing of pharmaceuticals, nomenclature of common vet pharmaceutical products, classifications, indications, side effects, administration routes, pharmacy organization, inventory maintenance, dispersing protocols, mathematical calculations (including addition, multiplication, division, percentage, ratio), math conversions using scientific notation and unit conversions, correctly calculated dosages, and treatment plans.

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(20190 STT VAA05 C5A) Sarah Squinas, 20 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $750. Starts Jan 27. No class Feb 10

This course is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to maintain a clean and aseptic clinical environment, the basic grooming skills necessary for a typical small animal practice, and the knowledge to recognize common dermatology and parasitology conditions and their treatments.

CHILLIWACK — Canada Education Park
(20189 STT VAA06 C5C) Melissa Colling, 20 sessions, Mon, Wed, 6:30–9:30 pm, $750. Starts Apr 14. No class Apr 21 and May 19

Last updated December 2013 

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