Veterinary Technician
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  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

IMPORTANT NOTE - This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Important information about how applicants are ranked for entry into this program can be found here.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test. Please click here for more information about the test.

A questionnaire is a mandatory requirement for consideration into this program. Only applicants who return the questionnaire will be considered for admission.

SELECTION PROCEDURE
A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

RECOMMENDED
Because of the unique nature of this program it is recommended that before applying for the program you:
  • Interview a Registered Veterinary Technician
  • Obtain experience in a veterinary clinic
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Veterinary Technicians assist the Veterinarian in the medical care of animals. Duties include assisting in radiography (taking x-rays), nursing, dentistry, nutritional support, minor surgery and laboratory procedures for animals.

This program will appeal to students with experience related to animals. They must have a strong background in science and math and good communication skills. Due to the physical demands of the job they should also have the ability to lift and carry up to 25 kg.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • Accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
  • Teaching hospital accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario
  • Facilities and animal use approved by the Canadian Council on Animal Care
  • Accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians
  • Work experience during year two and externship in the 4th semester (Note: You will be required to perform your placement or internship duties on off hours, which may include evenings and weekends)
  • Graduates are eligible to write the North American Veterinary Technician exam to qualify for registration with the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Numerous positions are available in private veterinary clinics for graduates. Opportunities also exist in research, meat inspection and with Humane Societies, pharmaceutical firms and in the care of animals in zoological parks.

CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts anywhere in Ontario. Students are required to provide their own transportation to the clinical area. The College is not able to guarantee placements in Windsor-Essex or on a bus route.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Prophylactic rabies immunization is REQUIRED and should be arranged through your Family Physician, local Public Health office, or can be obtained at the College. The cost is approximately $700 and is usually recovered through most drug plans.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2016-2017 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
VET112
5
Laboratory Procedures I
VET115
4
Introduction to Veterinary Technology
VET116
6
Animal Anatomy & Physiology I
VET118
1
Veterinary Computer Applications
VET124
2
Clinical Calculations
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective


Semester 2
VET209
2
Introduction to Veterinary Radiography
VET216
4
Clinical Principles I
VET210
5
Animal Anatomy & Physiology II
VET212
5
Laboratory Procedures II
VET223
4
Clinical Exercises I
VET211
2
Veterinary Technician Pharmacology
VET214
2
Veterinary Technician Anesthesia
VET219
5
Veterinary Technician Placement*

*Placement takes place the first 3 weeks of May.

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 3
VET304
3
Clinical Principles II
VET307
2
Veterinary Clinical Radiography
VET310
4
Laboratory Procedures III
VET309
3
Livestock Principles
VET327
8
Clinical Exercises II
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
VET308
1
Veterinary Technician Dentistry

Semester 4
VET406
5
Externship/Placement
VET416
2
Exotic Pet Care
VET410
3
Laboratory Animal Care
VET414
2
Clinical Principles III
VET415
3
Laboratory Procedures IV
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
VET424
7
Clinical Exercises III
VET417
1
National Examination Review