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Sprott Shaw College

Vancouver , British Columbia ,Canada

Diploma in Veterinary Assistant

A Veterinary Assistant (VA) cares for animals under the supervision of a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or Animal Health Technologist (AHT). They perform a multitude of tasks including: feeding, medicating and prepping of patients as well as restraining them during examinations, procedures and treatments.

The Veterinary Assistant diploma program equips students with the technical knowledge and hands-on skills to provide an extensive range of animal care services for both the office and clinical settings of either general practice (GP), emergency (ER), and specialty veterinary hospitals. Additional employment opportunities for graduates include but are not limited to: animal rehabilitation, animal control centers, research facilities and pharmaceutical representatives.

Throughout the program, students will receive specialized training in eight key areas: animal restraint, nutrition, pharmacology, clinical nursing, human relations, administration, diseases, and prevention.

This program includes field day labs in addition to a practicum placement so students can gain relevant hands-on training and practical experience before graduation. 


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

Established in 1903, Sprott Shaw College is a private post-secondary institution with 16 government-designated campuses across British Columbia. We take great pride in educating and preparing our students for rewarding and relevant careers in Administration, Business, Trades & Design, Nursing & Healthcare, and Child, Family & Community Support.

Sprott Shaw College is the subsidiary company of CIBT Education Group, one of the fastest-growing companies in BC according to Business in Vancouver. As an organization, we cultivate professional growth and positive working environments for our employees, which fosters our values of Community, Diversity, Integrity, Quality, Respect, and Results-Oriented.

We are a proud partner of Pride at Work Canada. Pride at Work Canada was founded in May 2008 by a group of dedicated individuals with a vision — to improve the climate of inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans–identified (LGBT) employees in the workplace.

Sprott Shaw understands the importance of a sustainable and meaningful career so we make it a priority to help our current and graduated students find permanent employment positions in their dream career path.

PSW Opportunity

Eligibility for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP):
Graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.
Desire to stay in Canada temporarily for work.

Important Note:
Graduating from a DLI doesn't automatically qualify you for a PGWP.

Validity of PGWP:
Depends on the length of the study program or the expiry date of your passport, whichever comes first.

Duration of PGWP Based on Study Program Length:
Less than 8 months (or 900 hours for Quebec credentials): Not eligible for PGWP.
At least 8 months (or 900 hours for Quebec credentials), but less than 2 years: PGWP may be granted for the same length as the study program (e.g., a 9-month program results in a 9-month PGWP).
2 years or more: PGWP may be valid for 3 years.

Completion of Multiple Programs:
PGWP may combine the lengths of each program if:
Each program is PGWP eligible.
Each program is at least 8 months (or 900 hours for Quebec credentials) in length.

Important Restriction:
You cannot obtain a PGWP if you already had one after completing an earlier program of study.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

All Business Programs
All Tourism/Hospitality Programs
All ECE Programs
All CSW Programs
All SETA/EA Programs
Note: exceptions are listed below

• Sprott Shaw College’s English Language Assessment (minimum
score or 20/40); OR
• IELTS overall score of 5.5 (minimum); OR
• TOEFL iBT score of 46; OR
• Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partner ESL
schools; OR
• Equivalent on the table listed below

Global Business Management (Post
Graduate Diploma)

Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university

• Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university
• Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment with a minimum
score of 25/40; OR
• Minimum IELTS Score 6.0 Overall or IBT TOFEL Score 6.0; OR
• Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Under Graduate Diploma or Certificate
  • Duration: 11 Month  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 14619 CAD
    Annual Cost of Living: 20635 CAD
    Application Fee: 350 CAD
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