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.
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.
The program consists of the following courses:
- Anatomy & Physiology of Animals
- Laboratory Procedures
- Complimentary Medicine
- Communicating on the Job
- Medical Nursing
- Surgical Procedures
- Office Procedures
- Field Trips
- Work Experience
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.
- 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.
2019 / 2020 Important Program Dates*:
|Admissions Open / Applications Accepted||January 25, 2019|
|Information Session||February 25, 2019|
|Application & Document Deadline **||May 24, 2019|
|Registration Deadline & Non-refundable $200 Tuition Deposit Due||Within 3 weeks of offer of admission|
|Balance of Tuition Due||August 28, 2019|
|Last Day to Withdraw (no refunds will be issued after this date)||August 28, 2019|
|Program Start||September 28, 2019|
|Program End||April 25, 2020|
* Dates are subject to change
** Late applications may be accepted if there is room in the program
Tuition and Fees are subject to final approval
Student Activity and Student Union Fees: ~ $300
Textbooks: ~ $200
As this program is part-time, it is not eligible for student loans.
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.
Deirdre Godwin, Program Assistant
Professional Development & Training (H&HS)
How to Apply:
Revised November 27, 2018