Veterinary Medical Assistant, Postgraduate Certificate | Northern Alberta Institute of Technology | Edmonton, Canada
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Veterinary Medical Assistant

12 months
447 CAD/credit 13410 CAD/year
141 CAD/credit 4230 CAD/year
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Veterinary Medical Assistant from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology provides 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. 


Veterinary Medical Assistant from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Animal Behaviour and Handling
  • Veterinary Communication Principles
  • Medical Records Management
  • Technical Assisting
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Veterinary Communication Practice
  • Veterinary Procedures Support
  • Veterinary Nutritional Products

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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Applications can be submitted any time, but we recommend submitting your application at least 90 days before the application deadline.


30 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • English 30-1 or English 30-2
  • Math 20-1 or Math 20-2 or Applied Math 20
  • A Verification of Work-Related Hours and Experience form must accompany the application showing completion of 10 hours of meaningful animal-health work experience at a veterinary clinic within the past 5 years, approved by a supervisor.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency
  • OR Successful completion of a minimum of 15 post-secondary credits or 5 post-secondary courses within an accredited or recognized health degree or diploma with an Admission GPA of 2.0 based on the most recently completed post-secondary credits.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13410 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 447 CAD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    4230 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 141 CAD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Edmonton

1201 - 1992 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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