Veterinary Assistant

Program Title – Veterinary Assistant

  • Credential Earned
    Ontario College Certificate

    Full Time

    Program Codes
    NORT – H057 (HL) Haileybury Campus

  • Program Length
    2 Semesters

    Program Status

  • Tuition and Fees Second Career
Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.
Requirements for Veterinary Assistant (PDF, 81 Kb)

Bring Your Own Device:
Northern College requires all students to have and use their own laptop computer. Course materials are posted online and many courses use online tests, or require students to submit their assignments online through the College’s Learning Management System.

Program Description
This one-year program will prepare students to assist members of the veterinary team. They will gain the skills required to assist professionals working in associated fields of veterinary science and other applied animal sciences. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to care for patients’ basic needs under the direction of the veterinarian or designate, administer and monitor the use of physical restraint agents, assist the technologist and technician by preparing for surgical procedures, assist the technologist and technician with standard diagnostic laboratory work, counsel clients and co-workers on patient care, prepare labels for medication, book appointments, and perform receptionist duties.

Graduate with a Double Certificate
This program may be taken concurrently with the Animal Grooming program. The student would then graduate with a double certificate. Please contact the Program Assistant at 705-672-3376 ext. 8854 or at for more information.

Important Information for Graduates
A limited number of spots are available in our Veterinary Technician/Technology program for graduates of Northern College’s Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Graduates of those programs that wish to apply to the Veterinary Technician program must have – in addition to the usual requirements for direct entry from high school – a 75 percent minimum average (3.0 GPA) upon graduation from Veterinary Assistant or Animal Grooming programs. Applicants will be assessed according to highest academic achievement in their program. Please contact the Program Assistant at 705-672-3376 ext. 8854 or at for more information.

Career Opportunities
Graduates may find employment in veterinary practices, federal and provincial institutions, universities, humane societies, pet food outlets, veterinary companies, grooming facilities and kennels.

Transfer Agreements
Download the complete Articulation Agreement list for Universities and Colleges (PDF, 113KB). You can also visit OnTransfer. This site provides information and resources to help students and potential students find their way through Ontario’s postsecondary system.

Our Veterinary Technician program is accredited by:

  • CVMA
  • OAVT
  • cvo
Contact Information
Kellie Broderick
Program Assistant, School of Veterinary Sciences
705-672-3376 ext. 8854