Veterinary Office Assistant

Part-Time Program

Part Time Veterinary Assistant Program
Sherry (right) showing students how to practice safe restraining techniques on Moose during an examination

Convenient Evening Classes to Become a Qualified Veterinary Office Assistant (VOA®) in as Little as 41 Weeks

If you’re passionate about animal care but attending a Full-Time Program isn’t an option, our Part-Time Program may be an ideal fit. Granville College is the only school in BC offering this opportunity for Veterinary Office Assistant training.

The Part-Time Program runs just 3 evenings per week, so it’s a great choice for anyone with outside obligations that make committing to a Full-Time Program a challenge.

Next Start Date: September 5th

Program Highlights

The Part-Time Veterinary Office Assistant Program allows for a lighter weekly schedule while providing the same hands-on training, practical experience and industry support as our Full-Time option. The VOA® Program is designed to help you pursue a rewarding career in animal health care with minimal disruption to your life and without spending years in school.

Part Time Classes Include

  • Lectures
  • Animal Handling
  • Restraint Classes
  • 6 week Practicum

Class Schedule

  • 3 Evenings Per Week
  • Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • 41 Weeks

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.

Part-Time Courses

The Program consists of five courses that prepare students for the day-to-day duties and responsibilities of Veterinary Office Assisting. These courses are regularly reviewed to make sure that the skills provided truly reflect the demands you’ll encounter in today’s workplace.

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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 Office Assistant Training Right For You?

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