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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
Prophylactic rabies immunization, strongly recommended, 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.
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.