Attendance is required in all courses. Absenteeism may result in failure.
You must maintain 65% or better in each course to continue and to complete the program.
C in one of Applications or Principles of Math 11, Introduction to Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, Trades Math 11, Consumer Math 11, NIC MAT-053, or NIC MAT-055; and
C in English 11 or NIC ENG-052; or
Placement testing or instructor permission.
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To Be Successful
Skills required to be successful in the program include, but are not limited to, the following:
comfortable working closely with domestic animals
strong desire to provide caring and knowledgeable aid to animals
ability to work independently and as part of a team
strong work ethic and positive attitude toward class attendance and punctuality
The Animal Care Aide program prepares you for entry-level employment in animal care facilities, including veterinary clinics, hospitals, animal recovery centres, shelters, kennels and specialty animal businesses. You will learn to provide assistance and support as part of a dedicated team of professionals in the field of animal care and will gain understanding of animal behaviours, nutrition, wellness, handling and basic care procedures to be a valued member of an animal care team.
Six instructor-led courses include hands-on sessions and work experience in veterinary clinics and/or specialized facilities. The program is part-time, allowing you to add to your qualifications while maintaining other commitments. Courses have been developed in close consultation with industry professionals to ensure that, upon graduation, you will have the skills and knowledge to work in the animal care field.
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 or formal training, but courses have been designed to help existing staff and volunteers who wish to upgrade their skills.
Graduates receive a certificate of completion from North Island College.
As a graduate, you will be well-prepared with relevant, entry-level skills in demand at veterinary hospitals and animal care shelters. You 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.
The Animal Care Aid certificate will be held over two semesters, from October to April. Classes are scheduled to take place at the Comox Valley campus on Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30-9:30 pm.
Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019
Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.