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Animal Care Aide

7 Month Part-time Certificate Program

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Prepare for work in the fascinating field of animal care. This part-time, non-credit Certificate Program provides the knowledge and basic skills needed for entry-level employment in animal care facilities. It is intended for individuals with no previous formal training, and for existing staff and volunteers who wish to upgrade their skills. The program emphasizes small animal care in hospital/clinical settings, however the training is valuable and transferable to other animal care settings.

Aide with Fluffy Cat

Career Opportunities:

The program is designed primarily to meet the demands for trained personnel in veterinary hospitals and animal care shelters. Graduates may also find work and/or volunteer opportunities in settings such as: animal recovery centres, pet stores, zoos, game farms and similar businesses, grooming businesses, kennels, large animal farms.

Program Content:

The program consists of the following courses:

    • Anatomy & Physiology of Animals
    • Radiology
    • Laboratory Procedures
    • Complimentary Medicine
    • Communicating on the Job
    • Medical Nursing
    • Surgical Procedures
    • Office Procedures
    • Field Trips (Mandatory)
    • Work Experience

Course Delivery:

The program is delivered on a part-time basis, over a 7 month period, commencing in the Fall Term and concluding in the Spring Term. Courses are typically weekend classes and field trips with some evening classes.

Start Date:

Please see the Program Availability List for information on the next intake of this program.

Application Date:

How to Apply:

Please apply online or by using a paper application for admission. There may be other documents or procedures required. An application fee is required.

Admission Requirements:

Refer to the Program Guide for details.

This program is not eligible for student loans.

revised Oct 12, 2016