Animals share a special place in people’s lives by bringing joy to families and individuals of all ages. With pet ownership at an all-time high, so too are the requirements to keep those animals happy, healthy and safe. At Granville College, we share in that passion, which is why we offer our Veterinary Technician Assistant diploma Program that opens the door to a rewarding career in animal health care.
Granville College specializes in animal healthcare Diploma Programs– and has for over 27 years. It is here where you become part of a supportive community of like-minded individuals, all passionate about the health and well-being of animals.
Get the hands-on, practical experience you need to begin a rewarding career in as little as 6 months at Granville’s bright, cheery school, easily accessible by transit in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, BC. Our comprehensive Diploma Program prepares you for meaningful employment to start that new career you’ve been excited about. Granville graduates are known for their technical skills and superior abilities, so they are in-demand with local employers.
Our Diploma Program provides you with participatory training, personal attention from our industry-experienced instructors and a 3-week practicum. You’ll work directly with animals and gain real-world experience all while showcasing your abilities and making contacts with potential employers.
Veterinary Technician Assistants are qualified professionals who undergo formal education, training and experience to deliver specific veterinary services under the supervision of a Veterinarian. They make every part of a clinic run smoothly and make a real difference in lives of animals they help to treat. If you’re passionate about quality animal health care and are looking to get started in a rewarding, professional career, then this may be the ideal path for you!
Below, you’ll find a quick overview of the skills and duties specific to this career. After completing the Granville College Program, you will be able to perform these duties in a veterinary clinic/hospital or related animal health care setting.
Veterinary Technician Assistants can have many different specialties and many different names. From the front-end office work of a Veterinary Office Assistant to the back-end technical work of a Veterinary Technician Assistant in either position you will be assisting the veterinary team in caring for their animal patients. The Veterinary Technician Assistant Diploma Program can be compared to a Licensed Practical Nurse, Research Technician, Care Aide or Radiology Assistant in human medicine.
Veterinary Technician Assistants can work with a variety of species including companion animals, exotics, and even livestock or wildlife. At Granville College our focus is to ensure each Veterinary Technician Assistant that graduates from our Diploma Program is job ready and fully trained to provide the best possible care.
The major areas in which Veterinary Technician Assistants Diploma Program are trained include the following:
Preparation of analysis procedures for various body functions through the testing of blood, urine and feces as well as preparing samples for delivery to reference laboratories.
Animal care including restraint, administration of some medications, nutritional requirements, recognition of pain and knowledge of expected behavioural signs.
Patient positioning for the production of diagnostic radiographs and knowledge of safety techniques for a safe workplace.
Preparation of patients for common surgical procedures, general pre- and post-operative care and the disinfection and maintenance of the surgical suite and equipment.
Routine sanitation, sterilization and disinfection techniques including protocols for isolation cases as well as general information about common medical conditions, parasites and vaccinatable diseases.
Working with the public to book appointments and achieve quality client experience in the hospital. Promote excellent animal care as well as maintenance of medical records, hospital inventory and general clerical duties as required.
Achievement of effective communication techniques with the public, clients and co-workers as well as techniques for dealing with difficult situations and emergencies.