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Your energy, personality, and love for all creatures great and small makes you the perfect candidate for a career in animal care. You can think of nothing more rewarding than making sure people and their pets get the very best of care. This is a career where you really can make a difference by the end of the workday.

“I’m extremely happy that I took the VHA course and pursued a career in animal care. It has been a life-changing experience with lots of personal growth, and the knowledge I gained from this program has been essential in the field. I would certainly recommend this course to anyone who wishes to follow a career path in animal care.” - Aleesha Leslie - Centre Graduate

9 mth Veterinary Hospital Assistant Program

The 9-month Veterinary Hospital Assistant program has always been a popular course at Centre for Arts and Technology. Classes begin in both April and October, and usually fill up far in advance. Graduates of the program become qualified “front-line” Veterinary Hospital Assistants, and regularly find rewarding careers in a variety of animal care settings like: Veterinary Hospitals • Animal Emergency and Critical Care Clinics • Boarding Kennels • Animal Non-Profit Organizations • Grooming Facilities.

The Veterinary Hospital Assistant program from Centre for Arts & Technology provides the hands-on training, practical experience and industry support it takes to become a qualified Veterinary Assistant. You’ll learn directly from experienced animal care professionals, in both a classroom and practical hands-on lab environment.

Skills include:

  • Surgical preparation
  • Instrument identification
  • Front office procedures
  • Client care & communications
  • Veterinary medical terminology
  • Animal anatomy & physiology
  • Knowledge of diet, parasite and vaccination procedures
  • Personal and professional development
  • Emergency procedures training
  • An understanding of holistic pet care
  • Pet insurance
  • Animal behavior & nutrition
  • Business technology
  • Pet first aid (additional 1 day course)

Career Opportunities:

  • Animal Emergency Clinic
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Veterinary Hospital
  • Boarding Kennel
  • Animal Shelter
  • PETA

This is a career where you really can make a difference by the end of the workday. In only nine months, you will have practical know-how in the following key areas: Surgical Preparation—Instrument Identification—Front Office Procedures—Client Care and Communications—Animal Nutrition—Veterinary Medical Terminology—Animal Anatomy and Physiology.

State of the Art Campus

The Okanagan is known for its sunny warm climate, dry landscapes and lakeshore communities. With outdoor activities such as boating and watersports, skiing and hiking, it's considered a four-season year-round playground. Filled with orchards, vineyards, wine and freshwater lakes, Kelowna, BC is an international tourism destination and the desired lifestyle.

Centre graduates enter the professional world with confidence, knowing they have the high-end technical skills, industry knowledge and relevant experience to stand out among the competition.

  • Contemporary audio recording studios
  • Photography and film studio complete outfitted with a seamless wall and lighting grid
  • State-of-the-art interior design, veterinary, animation, and technical labs which create an environment similar to the industry
  • Numerous edit suites and computer labs with industry-standard software and hardware (both PC and MAC)
  • Student lounges where we host numerous events throughout the year such as fundraisers, movie nights, pancake breakfasts, holiday parties, and lunches

Experienced Industry Leaders

Our college programs are taught by respected industry professionals, dedicated to helping others get their start. Instructors all have years of experience working in the field and know what it takes to make it in today's workplace.

Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have partnered to create the CAT-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling CAT graduates entry into BCIT’s School of Business.

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"We have built a reputation as a world class studio that is highly sought after for high quality children's content, thanks to the Center for Arts and Technology for the students every year!"
- Ashley Ramsay - CEO of Yeti Farm Creative

“Centre for Arts and Technology had everything I hoped for: a small class size, one-on-one attention, and dedicated instructors. I get to make art every day and it never feels like work. For all you potential students—be prepared to make something awesome out of your life. Anyone who takes this course is in for a real treat.” Carly Sappier - Centre Graduate