The Animal Care Aide program from Vancouver Island University 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 is delivered on a part-time basis, over a 7 month period, over two semesters.
Classes will be held in a blended format, with some classes held online, and some classes face-to-face at the Nanaimo campus for hands-on learning. Face-to-face classes will also have an online option for those that can not be on campus. Classes are hosted on Saturdays with the occasional evening class and field trip. Hours for the work experience may vary.
Programme StructureProgram Content:The program consists of the following courses:
- Anatomy & Physiology of Animals
- Laboratory Procedures
- Complementary Medicine
- Communicating on the Job
- Medical Nursing
- Surgical Procedures
- Office Procedures
- Field Trips
- Work Experience
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
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- Grade 12 graduation or equivalent, or Trades and Applied Technology 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
International2710 CAD/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2710 CAD for the full programme during 4 months.
National2710 CAD/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2710 CAD for the full programme during 4 months.
- Tuition: $2,710.52
- Student Activity and Student Union Fees: ~ $300
- Textbooks: ~ $200
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