4 months
2710 CAD/full
2710 CAD/full
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Prepare for work in the fascinating field of animal care. This part-time, non-credit Animal Care Aide Certificate Program from Vancouver Island University provides the knowledge and basic skills needed for entry-level employment in animal care facilities. 


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.

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.

Course Delivery:

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 Structure

Program Content:The program consists of the following courses:
  • Anatomy & Physiology of Animals
  • Radiology
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Communicating on the Job
  • Medical Nursing
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Office Procedures
  • Field Trips 
  • Work Experience

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 4 months

Start dates & application deadlines



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    2710 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2710 CAD for the full programme during 4 months.
  • National

    2710 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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

Living costs for Vancouver

1590 - 2686 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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