Veterinary Administrative Assistant Certificate Program
Why study to become a Veterinary Administrative Assistant?
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 a small animal hospital, and will be given the tools to excel in reception and with interpersonal communication as assistants to Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.
What sort of courses will I take?
This 660-hour program consists of nine modules and will prepare you to work in a veterinary hospital where you will be working with animals and people on a daily basis. You will learn:
- Veterinary Business Fundamentals
- Veterinary Hospital Fundamentals
- Veterinary Surgical Fundamentals
- Anatomy, Physiology, and Common Diseases
- Introduction to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
- Animal Behavior and Nutrition
- Animal Shelters and Animal Lab Husbandry
- 3-week practicum
Who will be teaching me?
Who knows more about the industry than those who have worked in it! 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.
Melissa Colling graduated from Thompson Rivers University Animal Health Technology program in 2005. Over the next few years, she completed her certification in Canine Rehabilitation Therapy through the Canine Rehab Institute, based out of Florida.
After working at a few local vet clinics and managing a rehab facility over subsequent years, Melissa decided that she would like
to give back to the vet community by helping train great Veterinary Assistants, as she knows first hand their importance within a vet clinic. Melissa shares her home with a French Bulldog, Kennedy, and 2 fluffy cats, Reese and Riley.
Sarah Squinas is a graduate from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently practicing as a
veterinarian at an equine referral hospital in Langley. Her interests include equine medicine, surgery, and anesthesia.
She strives to improve the well-being of veterinary patients through education, both for owners and members of the veterinary team.
Where will my classes be held?
Full-time classes for the Veterinary Administrative Assistant program are delivered at UFV’s Chilliwack campus Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Part-time courses will be held at UFV’s Abbotsford Clearbrook centre and the Chilliwack campus, two evenings per week from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.
What do I need to get in?
There are no formal requirements but it is suggested that you have strong written, numeric, and verbal English skills.
How much does it cost?
The cost for the Veterinary Administrative Assistant program is $6,889. Student loans and bursaries are available. Study materials and other supplies are an additional cost and are available at the UFV bookstore. Fees are subject to change without notice.
Sounds great. When can I start?
Contact the Program Coordinator for start dates. Mandy may be reached by telephone at 604-795-2847 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why study at UFV?
Our Veterinary Administrative Assistant program offers you flexibility to study the specific courses you need. This program is delivered through UFV’s Continuing Studies department and consists of nine modules designed with a small animal hospital in mind.
At UFV, we also have history on our side: we’ve been offering high-quality lifelong education options to Fraser Valley residents since 1974. UFV is well known for its high standards and consistent quality. Our Continuing Studies instructors work with other UFV departments to develop certificates and short courses related to our academic specialties.
For more information, contact 604-795-2847 or email email@example.com
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