Veterinary Assistant Diploma

There is currently a high demand in this industry for appropriately trained Veterinary personnel. The Veterinary Assistant Diploma Program in Delta, Surrey BC aims to provide graduates with the best-suited combination of animal healthcare training and veterinary office skills. This 8 months Veterinary Assistant Diploma in Delta, Surrey BC prepares students for the career in veterinary industry and animal care. 

Our Veterinary Assistant Diploma in Delta, BC trains students to assess and prioritize client appointment requests and respond to clients’ basic questions about general animal health care. in our Veterinary Assistant Diploma students are introduced to animal breeds, medical terminology, animal health practice, pre- and post-surgical care, nutrition and diet, vaccines, parasites, pharmacology and common surgery.

As our ideal Veterinary Assistant Diploma candidate YOU:

  • Are ethical, dependable, honest, hard working and compassionate
  • Are an active community minded individual
  • Are able to multitask while maintaining a “Customer first” attitude
  • Have solid communication skills
  • Are able to work well independently or cooperatively within a team
  • Always have a pleasant and positive outlook on life and education
  • Are detail oriented and a quick study
  • Never treat Professional Appearance, Behavior and Development as an after thought

Insignia College Veterinary Assistant Diploma Admission Requirements

High School Graduate / Academic Qualifications

High School Diploma

Proficient in English

Applicants must demonstrate Englishproficiency through prior education inEnglish at grade 10 level or higher orthrough an English language assessment test(IELTS 6 or equivalent*).

Tetanus Vaccination

(within the last 10 years).  List of Victoria clinics available.

Criminal Record Check

Results must be within six months of program start date. Insignia College reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program.

Course Content

Success Strategies

This module orients students to the expectations of college-level study and introduces strategies for success such as time management, goal setting, study skills, utilization of campus resources, critical thinking and note and test-taking skills. Students will be expected to demonstrate initiative and take responsibility for their decisions.

Employment Strategies

Students will learn to create professional resumes and cover letters. They will have the use of a job search lab which has unlimited internet access. The facilitator will also be available to provide advice on job finding resources, interview skills /techniques, and mock interviews.

Veterinary Medical Terminology

This module is designed to introduce students to the language of veterinary medicine and basic terminology. It introduces the basics of medical word formation using prefixes, suffixes and combining forms. Terms pertaining to pathology, diagnosis, and treatments as well as descriptive and anatomical terms for different species, will be discussed. Proper pronunciation of medical words and their correct spelling in order to increase the student’s ability to communicate effectively within their profession.

Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology

Building on their basic knowledge of veterinary medical terminology, students will develop their understanding of the various systems. By studying the body systems separately, students will learn terminology, anatomy, physiology, diagnostics, surgical procedures, and pathology associated with each system.

Animal Health

Building on their basic knowledge of veterinary medical terminology, students will develop their understanding of the various systems. By studying the body systems separately, students will learn terminology, anatomy, physiology, diagnostics, surgical procedures, and pathology associated with each system.

Animal Nursing

In this module, students gain a fundamental understanding of animal health. With a focus on client education, students gain a solid understanding of animal diseases including medical conditions, general animal health information, clinical symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment. Students also learn the array of veterinary diagnostic techniques including preparation for analysis of blood, urine, and feces. Students gain specialized product knowledge, enabling them to confidently counsel clients on the purchase of diets. Students will also learn about vaccination protocols. Emergency conditions are clarified and students will get their Pet First Aid Certification through the American Red Cross. Prenatal care and parturition are also covered.

Veterinary Pharmacology

Students will be introduced to the basics of veterinary pharmacology, including veterinary medications, dosage forms, pharmaceutical calculations, terminology, and transcription. Over the counter and prescription, antiparasitic drugs, as well as an introduction to neutraceuticals, will also be covered.

Surgical Procedures and Equipment

Students gain awareness of the surgical procedures, and types of equipment commonly used in an animal hospital. Instruction focuses on commonly performed surgeries, pre-surgery procedures, anesthetic protocols, and post-surgery homecare.

Veterinary Clinical Procedures

Students gain awareness of the surgical procedures, and types of equipment commonly used in an animal hospital. Instruction focuses on commonly performed surgeries, pre-surgery procedures, anesthetic protocols, and post-surgery homecare.

Veterinary Dentistry and Special Services

Students will be introduced to the basics of Veterinary Dentistry. Concepts covered will include anatomy of the tooth and surrounding structures, tooth surfaces, dental formulas for the dog and cat, dental charting and dentistry instruments. Dental disease and prevention will also be covered. This module will also briefly cover special services offered in modern veterinary medicine including rehabilitation therapy and acupuncture.

Animal Species

This module covers the identification and care of exotic species and large animals. Students will also be introduced to common dog and cat breeds including conformation temperament, modern uses, and medical ailments.

Veterinary Business Communications

With a focus on providing the highest level of customer service, students learn that professional and informed front-office communication is essential to a successful Veterinary practice. In this specialized course prior to practicum, students focus on improving their interaction with clients, staff members, and product representatives. This module aims to improve student abilities in rapport development, conflict resolution, empathy, and grief counseling.

Veterinary Practice

Students will apply learning in scenarios that test their overall capabilities in a veterinary practice environment. Case studies and role play will allow students to participate, observe and critique each student’s level of competence and speed.

Practicum

This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the five-week period in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience and hone their practical skills that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.

Veterinary Assistant Job Search

Students will update their professional resumes and cover letters. They will have the use of a job search lab which has unlimited internet access, a job search resource library and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers. The facilitator will also be available to provide advice on job finding resources, interview skills /techniques, and mock interviews. Students learn how to summarize verbally their core curriculum learning and to market their skills effectively.

Course No.Course NameHoursCredits
P110Success Strategies 201.5
P120Employment Strategies 201.5
V110Veterinary Medical Terminology 201.5
V120Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology 604.5
V130Animal Health 604.5
V140Animal Nursing 403.0
V220Veterinary Pharmacology201.5
V230Surgical Procedures and Equipment 403.0
V310Veterinary Clinical Procedures 604.5
V320Veterinary Dentistry and Special Services 201.5
V330Animal Species 201.5
V340Veterinary Business Communications 201.5
V410Veterinary Practice 403.0
V610Practicum 1007.5
V700Veterinary Assistant Job Search 201.0
TOTAL HOURS OF PROGRAM (27 WEEKS)56042

Tuition Fee

Application Fee
Tuition Fee
DomesticInternational
Application fee$150$1,000
Text Books$389 $389

DomesticInternational
Tuition Fee$8,000$11,400
Other Materials$658$658

Graduation

This Veterinary Assistant Diploma in Delta, Surrey BC maintains the highest possible level of standards and it keeps current with the industry and employers’ requirements.

Upon graduation, students are prepared to begin a career in veterinary assisting, veterinary office reception, or administration and can work in:

  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Welfare Organizations
  • Wildlife Shelters
  • Zoos
  • Aquaria
  • Laboratories
  • Breeding Kennels and Boarding Facilities

Upon successful completion of this program students will receive the following:

  • Veterinary Assistant Diploma
  • American Red Cross Pet First Aid Certificate
  • WHMIS Certificate
  • Radiology Certificate
  • Idexx Certificates
  • Hills VNA Certificate
  • Royal Canin Certificates

Career Opportunity after Veterinary Assistant Diploma From Insignia College

Upon graduation with Veterinary Assistant Diploma in Delta BC, students are prepared to begin a career in veterinary assisting, veterinary office reception or administration, and can work in:

  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Animal Daycares
  • Animal Welfare Organizations
  • Wildlife Shelters
  • Zoos
  • Aquaria
  • Laboratories
  • Breeding Kennels and Boarding Facilities
Disclaimer: Veterinary Assistant Diploma in Delta BC was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.
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