Veterinary Assistant Diploma PBLMT Program

This 22-week Veterinary Assistant Diploma Training will provide unemployed and underemployed individuals (immigrants, women, PWDs, older workers, etc.) with occupational skills training, on-the-job training, employment assistance services, and financial support to secure sustainable employment.

A career in the Veterinary Assistant Diploma PBLMT Program

The Veterinary Assistant Diploma Training Program is an 18+4 week practicum Project Based Labour Market Training. Participants will learn veterinary assistant occupational skills, essential and employability skills and work experience. This course is designed to prepare you to be employment ready as a Veterinary Assistant in the rapidly growing BC Veterinary Industry.

Location:  Surrey Campus (206-10252 city parkway, Surrey,
BC, Canada V3T 4B2) + Online

Training Information:

Veterinary Assistant Diploma Training Program is a 100% government-funded free, group-based full-time program consisting of:

  • 16 weeks of virtual and in-person academic training
  • 1 week of certification training
  • 4 weeks of work experience with local employers
  • 1 week of job support

This will prepare participants to work as a Veterinary Assistant.

Certificates Provided:

  • Veterinarian Assistant Diploma
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Pandemic Awareness
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • Privacy and Information Sharing
  • Idexx VetLab
  • Hills VNA Small Animal Nutrition
  • Royal Canin
  • Radiology
  • Red Cross Pet First Aid

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Referred by a WorkBC Centre with confirmation
  • Currently receiving Employment Insurance (EI) Benefits or have had an EI benefit within the previous 60 months (reach back)or have earned more than $2,000 in insurable earnings and have paid Employee EI premiums on those earnings in at least 5 of the last 10 years (Note: the 5 years do not have to be consecutive years)
  • Either unemployed or precariously employed (less than 20 hours a week) 
  • Currently a resident of British Columbia
  • Possesses either a Permanent Residency, or Canadian Citizenship, or Refugee with Protected Person status (court decision)
  • BCEA PWD Clients are also eligible

College Pre-requisites:

  • High School Diploma
  • English Language Proficiency at Grade 10 level or English Language Assessment (IELTS 6 or equivalent)
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