7 Month Part-time Certificate Program

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.

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 
  • Work Experience

Course Delivery:

The program is delivered on a part-time basis, over a 7 month period, over two semesters. 

Classes are hosted on Saturdays with the occasional evening class and field trip.   Hours for the work experience may vary.

Admission Requirements:

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent, or Mature Student Category
  • Minimum 17 years of age
  • Minimum "C" in English 11, or equivalent
  • Minimum "C" in Math 11 (Principals, Applications, Foundations, or Pre-Calculus)
  • Recommended: Biology 11

If you do not meet the Math or English admission requirement, please contact Student Assessment and Exam Invigilation Services, located at Nanaimo, Cowichan and Powell River, to arrange your assessments.  

Important Dates*:

The Animal Care Aide program is full for 2018.  We hope you will consider submitting an application again next year!!  

Admissions Open / Applications Accepted February 19, 2018
Application & Document Deadline ** March 30, 2018
Registration Deadline & Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due Within 3 weeks of offer of admission
Balance of Tuition Due July 6, 2018
Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date) August 22, 2018
Program Start September 22, 2018
Program End April 27, 2019

* Dates are subject to change

** Late applications may be accepted if there is room in the program

Program Fees:***

Tuition: $2,550.00

Student Activity and Student Union Fees: ~ $300

Textbooks: ~ $200

As this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans.

*** Tuition and Fees are subject to final approval

Graduation Requirements:

Students must successfully complete all core courses, field trips and 20 hours of work experience in order to be eligible for the Program Certificate.

Students are required to attend all scheduled lectures, observations, field trips, and exams.   If you do not meet the attendance requirements, you may not qualify for the Program Certificate.

Program Contact:

Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant

Professional Development & Training (H&HS)

Phone: 250-740-6322

Email: Deirdre.Godwin@viu.ca

How to Apply:

The application deadline for the 2018/2019 Animal Care Aide Program has passed.  Thank you everyone for your interest!    

APPLY ONLINE or use a paper application for admission.  An application fee is required.

Revised April 18, 2018

Start Date and Application Deadlines

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant
Name: Helene Viau, Nanaimo Campus
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2040
Email: helene.viau@viu.ca
Chair Contact
Name: Nicole Bennett
Phone: 250-740-6327
Email: nicole.bennett@viu.ca
Coordinator Contact
Name: Deirdre Godwin
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 6322
Email: deirdre.godwin@viu.ca
Comments
Please contact Shirley McGregor at 250-746-3512 for information regarding the September 2019 intake at the Cowichan Campus
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant
Name: Zoe Doiron
Phone: 250-746-3515
Email: zoe.doiron@viu.ca
Chair Contact
Name: Nicole Bennett
Email: nicole.bennett@viu.ca
Coordinator Contact
Name: Deirdre Godwin
Phone: 888-920-2221 ext. 6322
Email: deirdre.godwin@viu.ca
Comments
For program details or more information, please contact Deirdre Godwin toll free at 1-888-920-2221 extension 6322

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