Veterinary Administrative Assistant certificate

Credential Certificate
Tuition $6889 (full-time)*
Duration 7 months (full-time)
Intakes September, 2017 (full-time)
Campus Chilliwack Canada Education Park
Format Face-to-face
Days & Times Thurs-Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm

*NOTE: Textbooks are not included in tuition and fees may change without notification.

Do you have a passion for animals, have strong interpersonal skills and are a fast thinker? It’s time to put your skills to work as a Veterinary Administrative Assistant. A career in the veterinary field will allow you to utilize your skill sets and develop new ones in a challenging and rewarding way! In our program you will learn about becoming an integral part of an animal care facility and will be given the tools to excel as an assistant to Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians.

How to Apply

Apply to the Program

Funding: This program is eligible for student financial aid, contact Financial Aid
TextbooksContact UFV Bookstore 

Once you are accepted into the program, you may register. All fees are due at the time of registration.

Program Information

UFV’s Veterinary Administrative Assistant certificate program offers students the specific courses they need to work in an animal care facility.

This 660-hour certificate program is delivered through UFV’s Continuing Education department and consists of ten courses and a practicum component designed to provide you with hands on experience in a veterinary office.


Students will take the courses listed below.

  • Veterinary Business Fundamentals
  • Veterinary Hospital Fundamentals
  • Veterinary Surgical Fundamentals
  • Anatomy, Physiology, and Common Diseases
  • Introduction to Veterinary Pharmaceuticals
  • Grooming
  • Animal Behaviour and Nutrition
  • Animal Shelters and animal Lab Husbandry
  • Bookkeeping
  • 3-week practicum
  • Review

You will receive a grade mark for each course in the program on classroom participation, assignments, study projects, and examination results. You must achieve a grade of 75% in each course to be eligible for the practicum. Successful completion of both theory and practicum must be achieved to obtain the certificate. The grading procedure for this program is based on UFV’s Applied Business Technology grading system policy. Letter grades are awarded; students, if they choose, can order and pay for official transcripts upon completion of the entire program.

Who knows more about Veterinary Administrative Assistant duties than those who are currently working in the industry? Not only do our instructors have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.



In addition to a selection of Continuing Education courses and certificate programs, UFV offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degree programs as well as diplomas, trades certification, and other specialty certificate programs. For more information about programs at UFV please visit our homepage at You may then be interested in contacting Student Services at 1-888-504-7441 to arrange a tour, attend a Becoming a Student info session, connect with an educational advisor, or arrange for career counseling.

updated January 2017


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