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Program Information

School:Algonquin College
Faculty:School of Health and Community Studies
Field of Study:Veterinary/Animal Health tech./Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Description:The two-year Veterinary Technician Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to enter the profession by offering an authentic learning experience working alongside highly credentialed professionals in our on-campus veterinary medical facility and in our partnering facilities in the local community.

You benefit from learning in the 10,100 square-foot Veterinary Learning Centre and Clinic. This facility includes a reception area, exam rooms, husbandry area, surgical suite, dental suite, radiography room and more. This facility is similar to a real-life small animal clinic, enabling you to have an on-campus learning experience using the equipment you would also use in the field.
URL:Veterinary Technician at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,454
International: $15,540

For more information on costs, see our tuition and fees estimator at

Additional program related expenses include:

  • Books, scrubs, lab coat and other supplies are estimated to cost $1,500-$1,700 for the first year and $1,000-$1,200 for the second year.
  • The pre-exposure rabies vaccine costs are estimated at $600-$800, subject to change.
  • Police Criminal Records Check cost estimate at $47, subject to change.
  • Paramed charges $60 for an appointment, subject to change each September.
  • Students in the program must be mask fit-tested for a N-95 equivalent mask required for occupational health and safety.Cost is estimated at $40, subject to change.
  • Travel expenses to partnering facilities or after hour assignments are the responsibility of the student.
  • Students are required to finance field placement related expenses, such as travel and housing accommodations (if applicable).
  • Upon successful completion of the program graduates may apply to write the Veterinary Technician National Exam through the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT). Fee information is available at
Careers:Veterinary Assistants and Animal Health Technologists

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Foundations for College Mathematics (MAP4C) 
  •   Biology 
  •   Chemistry 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    All applicants must complete a health program assessment through the Test Centre, and will be required to pay the current fee of $50 (subject to change). Results from the health program assessment will be utilized to establish minimum eligibility and also ranked, with the highest ranked applicants given priority admission. The health program assessment can only be written once per academic cycle.
    Required upon entry into the program, accepted applicants must provide an Immunization Certificate to Paramed as proof of pre-exposure Rabies Vaccine,adequate titre results and Tetanus Vaccine within the first week of level 01 and level 03 of the program. This is mandatory as it allows the student to participate in clinical labs and field placements. Students are required to obtain vaccinations and titres at their own expense (approximately $800).

    * 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 May 12, 2020

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