Veterinary Technician
Assistant Full-Time Program

Veterinary Technician Assistant - Full-Time
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Get the Skills to Become a Qualified Veterinary Technician Assistant in as Little as 24 Weeks

This program offers hands-on, and practical training. The Veterinary Technician Assistant Full-Time Program will give you the technical knowledge and practical experience you’ll need to have a rewarding career in animal care without spending years in school.

Next Start Date: January 8th

Program Highlights

In addition to classroom learning, students actively participate in labs, practical demonstrations and exciting field trips to animal care settings. The Program also invites visits from interesting guest speakers. The VTA Program is led by experienced instructors who are genuinely interested in helping new animal health professionals enter the field. Click on the ‘About Us’ tab at the top of this page for instructor bios and more information about Granville College.

Full Time Classes Include

  • Field Trips to Animal Health Care organizations
  • Animal Handling and Restraint Classes
  • Veterinary Industry Guest Speakers
  • And much more!


  • 4 days per week
  • Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • 24 weeks including a 3 week practicum placement

Personal Attention

As a Granville College student you will have the same instructor throughout the Program. This consistency allows instructors to really get to know their students and tailor their teaching to best fit your needs.

Hi, my name is Krissy and I graduated from the VOA® Class 47 at Granville Business College. The program is fantastic and the amount of knowledge I gained is invaluable. The teachers and administrators were very supportive and the methods used to instruct the class were great. During the program you learn a tremendous amount. The classes include; lectures, mock veterinary clinics, field trips, animal handling and restraint classes. We learned that the role of a Veterinary Assistant is very important since we make the first impression to the public. I recommend this program to anyone who loves animals and is considering working with them.
Krissy L.

Full Time Courses

The VTA Program consists of five main subjects that cover everything from anesthetic monitoring to zoonotic diseases. Courses are continually updated, and we work with clinics and hospitals in the lower mainland to make sure we always teach our students the most current protocols and procedures.

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Veterinary Assistant Fundamentals

You’ll learn laboratory test procedures, use of laboratory equipment, pharmacology, radiology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, breeds and their behavioural traits, as well as:

  • Preparation of analysis procedures for various body functions through blood, urine and fecal testing
  • Preparation of samples for transport to external laboratory facilities
  • Patient positioning for diagnostic radiographs
  • Practice of safe technique during radiographic procedures
  • Practicing of low stress and safe patient restraint techniques

Veterinary Surgical Procedures Awareness

In this course you will learn all the common veterinary surgical procedures, including:

  • Anesthesia procedures
  • Use of surgical equipment
  • Terminology
  • Practice of proper restraint technique for surgical patients
  • Practice preparation of an animal for surgical procedures
  • Disinfection and sterilization of surgical suite and equipment
  • Home care for patients specific to each surgical procedure

Small Animal Health Management

Small Animal Health Management covers medical conditions, nutrition and diets, identification and treatment for parasites, fleas and heartworm. You will learn about vaccines and their administration. In this section we also cover proper preparation and handling of vaccines and other medications, as well as euthanasia.
Veterinary Office Procedures

Students learn the management of patient medical records, daily appointment scheduling, preparation of standard forms and documents used in a veterinary practice and general billing procedures. Animal health product sales and coordinating with industry product representatives is also included in this course.
Client Services, Communication Skills and Veterinary Career Planning

During role-play and other fun, interactive activities, students will practice effective communication techniques in various mock clinic situations. You’ll learn telephone communication skills, how to handle emergency calls and dispute resolution, as well as grief counselling.
Professional Practicum: A Real-World Clinical Experience

At the end of the Program, our 6-week practicum is a great way to gain hands-on, real-world experience, make important industry contacts and showcase your abilities to potential employers.
Other Important Areas Of Training Include…

Also included:

  • Resume preparation
  • Career planning
  • Job search strategies & interview techniques

Is Veterinary Technician Assistant Training Right For You?

To learn more about careers in Veterinary Assisting and to find out if Granville College is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information. For immediate questions or to speak with a friendly Granville College Admissions Advisor, call 604-670-8636.