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Veterinary Medical Assistant Structured Part-Time Pathway

Sep 08, 2020
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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
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You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 5 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Veterinary medical assistants provide support to clients, animal health technologists and veterinarians. Duties may include administration, animal handling and support with nutritional and pharmaceutical products. They also assist with record keeping and other clinical procedures and tasks.

This 1-year certificate program will provide you the skills and confidence you’ll need to work in a front-line position as a veterinary medical assistant in private veterinary clinics, livestock centres and animal shelters. In addition to classroom instruction, you’ll get in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience in animal clinics across Alberta.

Good attention to detail? Thrive on a fast pace and heavy workload? These are important traits of people interested in this program. If you are a people person and enjoy helping them with their animals, this program is a good fit for you.

The Veterinary Medical Assistant program is also available as a full-time program.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

To work as a veterinary medical assistant, you will need to have a genuine interest in animals and their welfare. It’s important to understand that you will need to be comfortable working with a variety of animals, both large and small.

After a year of classroom instruction, your clinical placement will give you hands-on experience at an animal clinic where you’ll get a taste of what your future career could look like. Travel may be necessary as some placements are outside of Edmonton.

You will also regularly support the animal health technologists at the NAIT Animal Clinic. 

What you need to know about Structured Part-Time Pathways

Our Structured Part-Time Pathways model allows busy professionals to work during the day while they pursue a diploma education at home and on weekends. It can also give parents added flexibility to provide care for their children.

Thanks to a set schedule of 2-3 courses a term, our students study with the confidence of knowing they’ll acquire the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in the workforce, and graduate as quickly as possible. While intensive, this schedule is designed to allow students to fully absorb the information and balance coursework with everyday life.

All of our courses are taught by experts with industry experience in the real world who take pride in the quality education NAIT provides, and the success of their students.

Learn more about the Structured Part-Time Pathways:

Structured Part-Time Pathways

Work or care for your family during the day, and pursue a diploma education in the evening, on weekends, or around your unique work schedule.

NOTE: Be sure to select the "Structured Part-Time Pathways" option when you apply with Apply Alberta.

Below you'll find the courses you can expect to take in each term. All Structured Part-time Pathway courses offered for Veterinary Medical Assistant  are delivered in a blended format. Each course is delivered online with labs taking place on and off NAIT campus on weekends or week residencies.

Enter the workforce with confidence

After just 1 year of study in NAIT’s Veterinary Medical Assistant program, you’ll be ready for a fast-paced career in which you will assist veterinarians and animal health professionals with a wide variety of front line tasks. From veterinary clinics to animal shelters, your certificate will allow you to work across the country.

Completion of this certificate may qualify you for advanced credit towards ANBH 1160 and MRMG 1170 in NAIT’s Animal Health Technology diploma program.

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After just 1 year of study in NAIT’s Veterinary Medical Assistant program, you’ll be ready for a fast-paced career in which you will assist veterinarians and animal health professionals with a wide variety of front line tasks. From veterinary clinics to animal shelters, your certificate will allow you to work across the country.

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Term Definition
Open Program still has seats available.
Waitlisting Program is full and qualified applicants are being placed on a waitlist. For information about waitlists, please visit the Waitlist FAQs.

If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
Closed Program is no longer accepting applications.
N/A Not available for this term.

*Program availability is subject to change without notice.