Algonquin College

Veterinary Technician

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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:This two-year Ontario College Diploma program prepares students to enter the veterinary technician 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. This challenging and rewarding program offers quality academics and practical experiences, which provides a solid foundation to graduates who are entering various career paths within the exciting profession of veterinary technology.

The veterinary technician is a vital member of the veterinary healthcare team who provides valuable skills in a variety of areas including patient care, specimen collection, sample analysis, surgical assisting, anesthesia, radiography, and nutritional support to numerous animal species. The program prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to work in an ethical, competent, and professional manner in companion and /or large animal veterinary practices, animal shelters, biomedical facilities, zoos or wildlife facilities.
URL:Veterinary Technician at Algonquin College
Course Based:Yes
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,317
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 Mathematics 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 

English Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 65% or higher. Mathematics Grade 12 (MAP4C or equivalent) with a grade of 70% or higher. Biology Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 70% or higher. Chemistry Grade 11 or 12 with a grade of 65% or higher.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Required upon entry into the program, accepted applicants must provide an Immunization Certificate to Paramed as proof of pre-exposure Rabies Vaccine (or titre) 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 July 23, 2016