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Office Administration - Veterinary (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Program Code:
1285
School:
Continuing Education

Notice:

Applications for this program are no longer being accepted. Current students should contact their program coordinator to discuss their plans for completion.

About the Program

Students will gain knowledge and skills in animal health care, client relations, business communications and veterinary office procedures. This program includes a field practice. Students will need to contact the Program Administrator for details about the practicum.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

This program will prepare the graduate to pursue employment as a member of the veterinary office and animal health care team.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
BUS1380 Ethical Issues in Business
Description: An introduction to the study of ethics in business using the Case Study Method. Organizations which are supportive of a positive ethical culture enjoy critical competitive advantages, such as a good reputation and the respect and support of their clients, employees and other stakeholders. This course is designed to assist employees in developing and understanding a framework with which to make ethical decisions. Cases will be drawn from real business situations. Research papers, and case studies will be used to formulate the discussion topics.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1057 Introduction To Psychology
Description: In order to understand ourselves and interact appropriately with others, we must first understand the basis for behaviour. The study of psychology provides you with an understanding of why people think and act as they do. It examines the scientific process of research, the human brain and the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory and personality.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1075 Building and Maintaining Customer Relationships
Description: In this course, students develop an understanding of customer service and the skills associated with understanding the needs of customers, meeting those needs, and fostering an environment that encourages customers to return.
Hours: 48
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1260 English 2
Description: Recommended: English 1 (Internet) or equivalent.

Students will investigate challenging communication problems that require collecting information, solving problems and making decisions. They will prepare analytical reports, sales and promotional materials, proposals and job search documents. These critical elements of business communications will be studied with an emphasis on clear reporting techniques and powerful persuasive strategies. In addition, students will generate presentations supported by technology, and assess their own communication skills in the context of career demands.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1293 Excel
Description: Recommended: Familiarity with MS Office products including MS Outlook

Learn to use MS Excel for Windows to create and format spreadsheets in order to analyze data and make more informed business decisions. You will discover how to; create, edit, format and print workbooks; use mathematical formulas and functions; create and format charts and shapes; insert images; cut, copy and paste data.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1930 Word - Specialist
Description: Learn to use Microsoft Word for Windows, a terrific word processing package that has the convenience of pull-down menus. Learn to create, edit, format, and print documents. Use paragraph, page, and character formatting commands. Create multiple page documents with tables, and desktop publishing.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
OLRN1980 Access - Specialist
Description: Learn to use Microsoft Access for Windows. You will learn by using its pull-down menus, toolbars, and dialogue boxes. Access is a computerized database that allows you to manipulate, link, chart, query, and report your data to customize the information you need. Access creates a system of relational database management in a user-friendly environment.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
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Details
SCIE1300 Veterinary Office Skills and Procedures
Description: This course covers the administrative and clerical procedures involved in a veterinary medical practice including effective communication skills, telephone skills, body language, conflict management and working in a team oriented, professional environment. The course stresses the importance of proper preparation of medical records, filing methods, appropriate paperwork, message taking and collection of information and maintaining a professional manner.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1310 Veterinary Terminology
Description: The focus of this course is on terminology used within the veterinary office to develop the necessary language skills to communicate effectively within this environment. Word structure and terminology are studied to ensure those working in the veterinary profession understand the doctor, their peers and clients. Terminology will be introduced along with a very basic understanding of anatomy and physiology using the systems approach.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
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CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1320 Basic Animal Husbandry
Description: Designed for beginners in the animal health care field. Upon completion of this course, the student will have basic knowledge of anatomy, nutrition, and behaviour of the dog, cat, ferret and rabbit. They will develop a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, especially zoonotics, and students will learn the importance of a clean, well organized hospital.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1310
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1330 Veterinary Lab Procedures
Description: This course covers the basic medical and laboratory procedures in a veterinary medical practice. This will include laboratory and radiology safety and procedures and will cover the most common veterinary and laboratory practices in a veterinary hospital. The course stresses the importance of proper preparation of laboratory samples, safety procedures and appropriate techniques.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1340
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1340 Animal Husbandry 2
Description: This course has been designed for beginners in the animal health care field. Upon completion of the course, the student will have basic knowledge of the anatomy, nutrition and behavior of the horse, pig, cow, sheep and goat. Students will develop a basic understanding of veterinary diseases, especially zoonotics. Students will learn the importance of proper restraint and safety around large animals.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1320
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1350 Veterinary Surgical Procedures
Description: This course will cover the basic procedures in preparing for veterinary surgeries, record keeping, pre and post op duties, handling and cleaning of surgical instruments, most common elective surgeries, sterile and non-sterile procedures, asepsis and appropriate behavior in the surgery room.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1330
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1360 Basic Veterinary Pharmacology
Description: The focus of this course is on veterinary pharmacology, the pharmadynamics and pharmacokinetics of veterinary drugs as well as the drugs most commonly used in veterinary medicine so the student can develop the necessary vocabulary and understanding of pharmacology in order to work effectively within a veterinary hospital. The regulations which govern veterinary drugs as well as basic pharmacy skills will be covered
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1330
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1370 Veterinary Anesthesia
Description: This course will provide the student with an introduction to Veterinary Anesthesia. The topics covered include basics about equipment, monitoring devices, different methods and tasks involved in preparing animals for anesthesia, monitoring and post anesthetic period.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1360
CoRequisites:
Details
SCIE1380 Veterinary Office Practicum
Description: The final step in completing the Office Administration - Veterinary program is the practicum. This will provide the student with the opportunity to demonstrate skills and knowledge obtained from the program's theory courses. The practicum requires 150 hours of placement experience within a veterinary environment. Students will need to adhere to the requirements of the placement if a criminal record check or health records need to be submitted to the placement preceptor.
Hours: 150
Credits: 5
Pre-Requisites: SCIE1370, OHS1320
CoRequisites:
Details
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 126 Hours

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Debbie Richardson, drichardson@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 2488

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