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Program Information

School:Olds College
Faculty:School of Life Sciences & Business
Field of Study:Animal Breeding
Animal Health
Animal Nutrition
Animal Sciences, General
Animal Training
Veterinary/Animal Health tech./Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Description:In the Animal Health Technology program you will be trained to provide hands-on care to a variety of animals both large and small. You will be taught a Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) accredited curriculum delivered by staff boasting over 150 years of accumulated veterinary experience! In the Animal Health Technology program you will learn diagnostic laboratory procedures, animal disease, anatomy and physiology, surgery and anesthesia, diagnostic imaging, dentistry and client communication. Our campus features a small animal clinic and a working farm with a variety of large animals on site. This provides our students with many opportunities to gain experience in handling, treating and caring for live patients of all sizes.

The new accelerated program will begin with two online courses which will be completed prior to arrival on campus. Upon completion of the online courses, students will be on campus for three back to back 4-month semesters, delivered over 12-months. They will then complete the program with a 6-week practicum. There are 3 intakes to choose from (Summer, Fall & Winter) so please visit our website for more information.
URL:Animal Health Technology at Olds College
Length:16 Month(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $10,040
International: $11,033

Books & Supplies estimate: $6540
These costs are estimates for the entire 16-month program.

Enrolment #:30
Careers:Biological Technologists and TechniciansVeterinary 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 Applied Mathematics  or  Grade12 Precalculus 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 

Applicants must have 65% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2; 65% or better in Math 30-1 or 30-2; 65% or better in Biology 30; and 65% or better in Chemistry 30.

Test Scores:
  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 80]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Work Experience
Applicants must complete 40 hours of job shadowing and/or employment, submit a Verification Form to verify the 40 required hours, and meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. This is a competitive admission program, so applicants with an average of 80% or higher will be automatically admitted, as long as there is still space in the intake they have applied for. All other qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist and only offered a seat if spaces are still available after all applicants with 80% have been admitted.

* 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 12, 2022