North Island College (Comox Valley Campus)

Animal Care Aide

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Program Information

School:North Island College (Comox Valley Campus)
Faculty:Community Care
Field of Study:Veterinary/Animal Health tech./Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Description:Through lectures and field trips, graduates of the Animal Care Aide program are prepared for work in the fascinating field of animal care. This part-time certificate program provides the knowledge and basic skills needed for entry level employment in animal care facilities. While the program emphasizes small animal care in hospital/clinical settings, the training is valuable and easily transferable to other animal care settings. It is intended for individuals with no previous formal training, but the course has been designed to help existing staff and volunteers who wish to upgrade their skills.

This 30-week part-time certificate in partnership with Vancouver Island University program starting from October 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, and large animal farms.
URL:Animal Care Aide at North Island College (Comox Valley Campus)
Length:30 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
Provincial: $2,210
National: $2,210
Careers:Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 Principles of Mathematics  or  Grade12 Mathematics 

Applicants must complete the NIC Application for Admission form, Supplementary Application form, and Personal Profile Checklist form, Participation in a mandatory group information session. This is held to provide prospective students with an opportunity to become more familiar with the program in order to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with the application process. Pre-registration is required with no charge. C or better in Applications or Principles of Math 11, Introduction to Math 11, Trades Math 11, Consumer Math 11, or NIC MAT 053, C or better in English 11, or NIC ENG 052, and Placement testing or instructor permission.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 01, 2010