Academic Calendar 2023/24

Continuing Education

Veterinary Administrative Assistant certificate

This full-time, 660-hour program consists of nine modules and will prepare students to work in a veterinary hospital where they will be working with animals and people on a daily basis. Students will learn how to be an integral part of a small animal hospital as a Veterinary Administrative Assistant. As a qualified front line assistant, they will be learning how to be a top notch receptionist with above average people skills and will be capable of running the front desk, including answering the phones and booking appointments. Students will also be learning some of the skills to assist with the animals that come in for care, whether they are injured, sick, or aggressive. Students will learn how to become the face and voice of a veterinary hospital or clinic.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year for entrance to the Fall semester only. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. Full tuition is due at the time of registration.

Fees and additional costs

Please see the Continuing Education webpage for current fee information. See the Fees and Other Costs section for additional information.

Program duration

The program length is 660 hours and is completed in a full-time capacity.


The program is located at the Chilliwack campus (Canada Education Park).

Program outline

Course Title Hours
STT VAA01 Veterinary Business Fundamentals 60
STT VAA02 Veterinary Hospital Fundamentals 60
STT VAA03 Veterinary Surgical Fundamentals 60
STT VAA04 Anatomy, Physiology, and Common Diseases 60
STT VAA05 Introduction to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals 60
STT VAA06 Grooming 60
STT VAA07 Animal Behaviour 60
STT VAA08 Animal Shelters and Lab Husbandry 60
STT VAA09 Bookkeeping 32
STT VAA10 Practicum 120
STT VAA11 Review 28

Graduation requirements

Students must achieve a grade of 75% in each course to be eligible for the practicum and to receive their certificate. Successful completion of both theory and practicum must be achieved to obtain the certificate.

Maximum length of time to complete program

Students must complete the program requirements within three years.

For more information

Contact Continuing Education at 604-851-6324, or 604-504-7441 local 6324, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441 local 6324, or

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