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Veterinary Assistant

Available at: Kingston

Overview

This is a one-year, hands-on program focus­ing on the skills required to work in careers involving animal care. Students spend a large portion of their time working with animals. At the local Humane Society, students develop safe handling skills and learn how to perform physical examinations and treatments. The students operate the SLC "Scruffy Dog Salon” where they groom dogs under the supervision of a trained professional grooming instructor. Lab time is also spent learning surgical sup­port techniques and basic clinical laboratory procedures which aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease in domestic animals.

The program is structured around four areas:
• Animal Diseases, Care and Restraint, and Grooming
• Laboratory and Surgical Support Preparation and Maintenance
• Front Office Management and Marketing
• Support Studies

Students learn about animal health and disease, behaviour, handling and general care (involving cats, dogs, exotic pets , wildlife and livestock), dog grooming, and basic laboratory procedures. Students also study computer operations and office procedures, and they practice communication and mar­keting techniques.

The skills graduates bring to their place of employment will help to increase both the quality and scope of the services provided to animals and their owners.

Highlights

Career Opportunities

Veterinary Assistants are employed in a variety of animal care environments; these include veterinary clinics, animal shelters which may lead to a career in animal cruelty investigations, pet stores, research colonies, grooming salons, and wildlife facilities. Some Veterinary Assistant graduates choose to open their own businesses such as boarding kennels, dog daycares or pet sitting services.

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Program Name

Veterinary Assistant

Program Code

0633

Credential

Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates

September
January

Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2017-18 tuition fees are $2,992.68. Compulsory fees are $1,242.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

International Fees

2017-18 International tuition fees are $13,800.00. Compulsory fees are $1,916.15. All fees are subject to change for 2018-19.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program. Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals. These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential. For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2016-17

Semester 1
ANIM 10 Laboratory Animal Handling
ANIM 41 Canine & Feline Handling I
ANIM 26 Exotics
ANIM 24 Introduction to Grooming
ANIM 115 Surgical Support Skills
ANIM 119 Pet Health I and Behaviour
COMH 150 Computer Literacy
MATH 121 Mathematics
ANIM 112 Veterinary Medical Terminology
ANIM 125 Careers & Ethics

Semester 2
ANIM 23 Dog Grooming
ANIM 42 Canine & Feline Handling II
ANIM 106 Livestock Care
ANIM 117 Pet Nutrition
ANIM 120 Pet Health II
COMB 89 Veterinary Office Communications
LABS 8 Basic Clinical Lab Procedures
ANIM 130 Obedience
INTN 312 Placement Information
ANIM 60 Cruelty Investigations and Shelter Management
ANIM 132 Wildlife Care

May/June
INTN 116 Field Placement

Winter Intake Semester 1 (January-April, 15 weeks)
ANIM 10 Laboratory Animal Handling
ANIM 26 Exotics
ANIM 24 Introduction to Grooming
ANIM 115 Surgical Support Skills
ANIM 119 Pet Health I and Behaviour
COMH 150 Computer Literacy
MATH 121 Mathematics
ANIM 112 Veterinary Medical Terminology
ANIM 125 Careers & Ethics
ANIM 132 Wildlife Care
ANIM 106 Livestock Care
ANIM 60 Cruelty Investigations and Shelter Management

Winter Intake Semester 2 (May-July, compressed 12 week semester)
ANIM 23 Dog Grooming
ANIM 41 Canine & Feline Handling I
ANIM 42 Canine & Feline Handling II
ANIM 117 Pet Nutrition
ANIM 120 Pet Health II
COMB 89 Veterinary Office Communications
LABS 8 Basic Clinical Lab Procedures
ANIM 130 Obedience
INTN 312 Placement Information

Winter Intake Semester 3 (August)
INTN 116 Field Placement

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or M level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Prerequisites

Health Requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition 
for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE Form(pdf).

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:  Immunizations@sl.on.ca

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit: www.ontransfer.ca

    Testimonials

    St. Lawrence College Veterinary Assistants are an asset to any organization that require staff with strong work ethic, education and hands-on training.

    Joan Tremblay, Veterinary Technician, Facility Manager, Queen’s University, Kingston

    Program Contact

    Dr. Lynne Beiner
    LBeiner@sl.on.ca

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office
    Dreamit@sl.on.ca

    Additional Information

    Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

    Please Note:
    Students are responsible for their own transportation costs to and from the Kingston Humane Society Labs. This program is beneficial to those people considering Veterinary Technology. It is not a direct entry into the Veterinary Technology Program, however it does provide students the opportunity to gain valuable animal-handling experience.

    WSIB Coverage:

    Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

    To be eligible:

    • A student must be currently registered in the program; 
    • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
    • The student must not be paid for the placement.

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