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Fanshawe College College Certificate in Veterinary Assistant
Fanshawe College

College Certificate in Veterinary Assistant

London, Canada

30 Weeks


Full time

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Jan 2025

CAD 15,993 *


* international students | canadian students CAD 3,806.14


The one-year Veterinary Assistant certificate program covers the skills and knowledge required to assist in delivering quality animal care as a member of the veterinary team. You will gain a strong foundation in animal care, health, and well-being, preparing you for a veterinary clinic setting. As a Veterinary Assistant, you will work closely with Veterinarians and veterinary Technicians to care for various types of animals.

Your Learning Experience

Pursue Your Career as a Veterinary Assistant

Do you have a passion for helping animals? This one-year Veterinary Assistant certificate program equips you with the skills and knowledge to thrive in diverse animal care settings, working with companion animals, exotic pets, and even large animals. A Veterinary Assistant is an integral member of the veterinary team, with responsibilities ranging from general care and attention for animals to administration.

Areas of study include:

  • Animal anatomy
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal restraint
  • Nursing and surgical care for animals
  • Animal grooming
  • Animal nutrition
  • Administrative support
  • Clerical support

Learning is delivered through comprehensive classroom sessions to build your technical knowledge, along with on- and off-campus labs for vital hands-on training.

Following successful completion of the semesters, your learning culminates with a field placement to give you real, practical experience of what your career entails.

While the program focuses on companion animals, you will also learn about care for exotic animals, laboratory animals, wildlife, and agricultural animals. This opens the door to many different and interesting career paths in a variety of settings.

Eligible graduates of the Veterinary Assistant program may receive credits towards Fanshawe’s Veterinary Technician Ontario College Diploma and Veterinary Technician programs in other colleges across Canada.



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