Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology

Veterinary Technician

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Program Information

School:Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology
Faculty:School of Veterinary Services
Field of Study:Veterinary/Animal Health tech./Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Description:This two-year diploma program is suited to students who are interested in working with animals. The program will provide them with the knowledge and animal handling skills required to be an integral team player within veterinary practices, research facilities, or other animal related industry. Students will learn to perform basic patient examination, collect data on vital signs, administer medications and prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian. They will explore anesthesia, animal nursing, surgical assistance, dental prophylactic procedures, diagnostic laboratory work and tests, such as blood chemistries, culture and sensitivity, and electrocardiograms. This program covers veterinary practice management skills including computer applications, recognizing behavioral signs of small animals and educating and counseling clients in the area of pet nutrition. Graduates may find employment as veterinary technicians working in public or private zoos and animal shelters, or with federal and provincial governments. They may also work as sales representatives for veterinary companies, pet food stores, etc.
URL:Veterinary Technician at Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology
Length:2 Year(s)
Careers:Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*60
Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD); Grade 12 English (C, U); Grade 12 Math (C, U); Grade 12 Chemistry (C, U); Grade 11 Biology (C, U); Minimum 60% GPA required in all pre-requisite courses; Or equivalent; Or mature student status.
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Proficiency in word processing recommended. Rabies vaccine series and titre prior to start of program (at student’s expense). Some experience in a veterinary clinic or hospital is considered an asset.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on March 14, 2023