Agricultural Sciences

Veterinary Medical Assistant - Courses

CAMPUS:Vermilion Campus
Required Courses CREDITS
CO 180 Veterinary Office Management 3
This course introduces core communication skills that are essential to working in the veterinary field.  Both verbal and written communication skills are addressed.  Veterinary terminology is also covered and will be reinforced in all other courses in the Veterinary Medical Assistant program.
CO 280 Business and Veterinary Communications II 3
A continuation of CO 180, this course focuses on soft skills, such as roles and responsibilities, conflict resolution, professionalism, teamwork, marketing skills, grief management, as well as practicum preparation.  A portion of the course is a continuation of the usage of veterinary practice management computer software introduced in CO 180. Clinic duty, clinic cleaning and horse care is continued in CO 280 which is facilitated by the Clinic Organization Team of the Student Led Clinic. Retail store shifts are incorporated into the schedule and are coordinated with the Retail Team of the Student Led Clinic.  Prerequisites: All first semester VMA courses.
CU 195 Introduction to Veterinary Software 3

This course reviews Microsoft Word, Microsoft Windows file management as well as use One Drive.  The main focus of the course is on the use of the AVImark veterinary software program.

VE 121 Introduction to Radiography & Surgery 3
Safe and accurate radiographic techniques for animals using digital technology are studied.  Surgery is a common component in a veterinary practice.  Students learn the necessary skills required to be competent in preparing for these surgeries. Prerequisite: none.
VE 127 VMA Clinics Practice I 3
This lecture/lab course covers breeds, colors, normal behavior patterns and restraint techniques of small animals, pocket pets, and exotics.  Students learn how to maintain a wide variety of medical records in a veterinary setting and perform kennel care duties on cats and dogs.  All of the skills learned in the lecture are practiced throughout the labs.
VE 129 Introductory Nutrition 3
Students learn the principles and practices of nutrition as they apply to both large and small animals.  Each nutrient class is studied in relation to its function, deficiency and requirement in the body.  Nutrient requirements for maintenance, growth, and production are emphasized. Prerequisites: none.
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VE 137 Introduction to Laboratory Procedures 3
A variety of laboratory procedures are covered including hematology, urinalysis and parasitology. Students are introduced to the different laboratory techniques, and correct collection and handling of specimens. An introduction to skeletal anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary systems is used as an aid to understanding the various laboratory tests. Prerequisites:  None.
VE 138 Animal Diseases and Treatments 3
This course provides a working knowledge of the common diseases in dogs, cats, cattle, sheep, and horses for the Veterinary Medical Assistant student.  The emphasis is on how disease is transmitted, clinical signs seen, disease prevention and vaccination protocols.
VE 139 Veterinary Nursing Care 3
This lab/lecture course instructs students in the basic understanding of pharmaceutical drugs, their purpose, route of administration and regulations surrounding their sale. A wide variety of nursing care techniques for large and small animals, neonates, and geriatrics are discussed. Emergency situations and the essentials within a crash cart are covered. The roles of the veterinary team in wildlife management are introduced. Large animal hands-on experience is obtained as students do various shifts on the college farm units. Prerequisites: all first semester VMA courses.
VE 160 Animal Production and Genetics 3
This course provides an overview of the livestock industry in Canada which primarily consists of horse, dairy, beef, and sheep with a quick introduction to swine and poultry industries.  We will look into the various production systems, genetic components and current issues in different livestock commodities.
VE 177 Veterinary Medical Assistant Practicum 3
Students are placed in approved veterinary clinics or alternatives (such as a humane society) for a four week period at the end of the formal instruction at Lakeland College.  During the practicum, students gain experience with exposure to the workings within the veterinary profession and have the opportunity to become part of the working team. This experience enhances their skills and helps prepare them for the work force. Prerequisite: Students must pass all courses, have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and a good attendance record in order to qualify to participate in the practicum.
What Students Say
With the Student-Managed Farm you learn to be accountable for what you’re doing and the choices you make. You get an understanding of what it’s like to be out in industry or on a farm making decisions that count.

– Anthony Biglieni

Agribusiness Class of 2006

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College has been a integral partner in growing our own through the school of business. As an alumnus of the college, I have first-hand learning experience in the school of business. The professors welcome Servus Credit Union to facilitate classes in the Business Ethics course each year.

– Sandi Unruh

Senior Human Resources Consultant

What Faculty & Staff Say
Vertex has had great experience bringing on students from Lakeland College. We have found the Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) program to provide students with good academic knowledge of the environmental industry and the criteria that governs the land reclamation

– Sean Fuller B.Sc., P.Ag.

Vice President, Environmental Services, Vertex.

What Alumni Say
There is no way I would be where I am today without Lakeland College. It inspired me to be a better person and to get a job in something I love doing. I am so thankful I had such a great experience at Lakeland and I hope future students do as well.

– Danielle Gaboury

Business studies, Class of 2016.

What Students Say
I recommend the UT program to people all the time. The smaller setting Lakeland offers, is very conducive to learning. It's less intimidating than the larger universities and allows for more class interactions and discussions

– Kelly Mykytuk

2nd year UT student, 2017-18

What Alumni Say
Choosing to attend Lakeland College was one of the best decisions that I’ve made in my life so far. The welcoming and friendly Lakeland environment encourages a place of excellence, and fosters the ability to be successful not only in school, but in life.

– Mariah Van’t Hof

University Transfer, Class of 2015

What Alumni Say
I have loved my experience at Lakeland. The teachers are personable, and quick to share about their own experiences. They encouraged me to run with my own ideas and see what would happen; they got excited about my designs, which gave me the confidence to do my best and be more creative.

– Payton Ramstead

Class of 2016, Interior Design student.

What Alumni Say
At Lakeland College you are guaranteed to have time out of the classroom where you can put everything you learned together and actually see that what you’re learning is relevant.

– Alisa Brace

Animal Health Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The friendships I made, the experiences we were provided with, and the welcoming atmosphere of the Vermilion Campus made my time at Lakeland extremely valuable and memorable

– Grayden Kay

Animal Science & Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
Lakeland College was a learning environment unlike any other school. It allows students to learn beyond the classroom, and staff and faculty genuinely want to see students succeed. It’s a place where you can feel comfortable asking questions and where everyone has a place and fits in.

– Carson Reid

Agribusiness, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The instructors were the highlight of my time at Lakeland. It made a huge impact on my college experience to have instructors who challenged, encouraged, and believed in me.

– Jessica Cadrain

Child & Youth Care, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
At the beginning of my first year, I was really stressed out as I felt I had no artistic ability. But with the instruction and time put in by the interior design faculty, I was able to develop my artistic abilities. Now I am fully confident in and exceeding well in the artistic side of this career!

– Naomi Mason

Interior Design Technology, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I just feel like you get the best education at Lakeland, especially from the time that the instructors can actually spend with you. I like the class sizes too – everything’s been great about my Lakeland experience.

– Dean Coulson

Heavy Equipment Technician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I do give Lakeland College credit for reigniting my interest and even preparing me for Miss Rodeo Canada. Lakeland helped me to grow enough to have the confidence to think I could take on that role and become that person. I think that I have and I am really grateful for that

– Ali Mullin

Agribusiness, class of 2014, former Miss Rodeo Canada.

What Alumni Say
I feel the professors at Lakeland actually prepared me for the profession. It’s impossible to be just a number here when there are 12 students in all of your classes. When the school advertised small class sizes, they actually meant it.

– Stephen Mark Visser

Real Estate Appraisal and Assessment, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
I was involved in the president’s gala in April where I was an emcee for the evening, it was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun doing it and would recommend it to everyone.”

– Lucas Tetreault

HOPE Power Engineering, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I would recommend Lakeland College for the simple fact that it's for everybody. As a mature student who went back to school much later than his 18th year, I was immediately accepted, and not ostracized in the least

– Donald James Shaw

Accounting Major, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
All the hands-on learning was great and very helpful once placed into the industry. Having clients leave with a smile after each service assured me that I was in the right field of work. I would recommend Lakeland to anyone.

– Courtnee Coolidge

Esthetician, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
The professors care so much about their students at Lakeland and are able to know each and every one of them by name, so much so that they are able to nominate a ton of students for awards.

– Stephanie Wakefeild

University Transfer, Class of 2016.

What Alumni Say
They really put you in the lead at Lakeland. Lakeland cares about its students, empowers them, and gives them opportunities to achieve their goals. I don’t see Lakeland as a stepping stone or a first step – I see it as a bridge and an integral part of my education.

– Alyssa Wells

University Transfer, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
I wanted to get experience in the field of assessment as it would give me exposure to what it’s like day to day. It was an invaluable experience as I find it hard to imagine what it would be like working in a particular field or area until I’m doing the work.

– Sheldon Farrell

Real estate appraisal and assessment, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
In the campus spa, they give you time to work with each client so nothing is rushed and you’re able to concentrate on providing the best service you can to your client.

– Daphney Couturier

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Alumni Say
It’s going to be a lot easier to start our first jobs having this experience and having been able to build our confidence in the campus spa. I love that we get to have this opportunity.

– Darby Watchel

Esthetician, Class of 2017.

What Employers Say
Lakeland is a great place to find employees. The college provides real world training that equips soon-to-be employees with knowledge and people skills that are highly sought after in the agriculture industry these days.

– Dustin Dinwoodie

Key Account Manager – Western Canada Arysta LifeScience

What Alumni Say
The hands-on field trips, quality of education i received, professors who are invested in your success, and all the friends I made. I exceeded my academic expectations and I also had a lot of fun. If i had to do it all over gain, i would choose Lakeland!

– Nicole (Audet) Pysh

Class of 2006, Environmental Protection & Class of 2008, Applied Environmental Degree