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Apr 17 2018

Veterinary Technician

The Veterinary Technician program at Algonquin College is accredited by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association. the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. the College of Veterinarians of Ontario. the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. and has the Good Animal Practice Certificate from the Canadian Council on Animal Care. This program provides students with a broad base of knowledge that can be directly applied to various career paths and work environments in this industry. Starting Fall 2016 the process of medical and non-medical pre-clinical requirements, has changed. Review the updated requirements

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod (Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

eTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

  • Credential: Ontario College Diploma
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Area Of Interest: Health Sciences
  • Program Code: 6320X01FWO
  • Academic Year: 2017/2018
  • Campus: Ottawa

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Our Program

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 provide a solid foundation for graduates who are entering various career paths within the exciting profession of veterinary technology.

The veterinary technician is a vital member of the veterinary health care team who possess valuable knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including patient care, specimen collection, sample analysis, surgical assisting, anesthesia, radiography, and nutritional support. 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.

This program is accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians; certified by the Canadian Council on Animal Care; and is registered with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Graduates are eligible for registration by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Connections-The Campus Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are able to dedicate two hours of studying outside of class for each hour of instructional lecture or lab.
  • Have a strong background in math and science.
  • Have flexible schedules and can perform shift work including early mornings, evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have the ability to develop professional relationships with coworkers and clientele.
  • Have exceptional critical-thinking skills.
  • Can take direction and accomplish tasks efficiently.
  • Are self-motivated, can work independently, can thrive in a team environment and are comfortable in a leadership role.
  • Are detail oriented, organized and committed to achieving excellence in their work.
  • Are dedicated to providing high quality veterinary medical care with compassion towards animals and people.
  • Have good manual dexterity and strong fine motor skills.
  • Have the ability to lift and carry up to 25kg, stand for long periods of time and handle a physically demanding environment.
  • Are comfortable working within a variety of clinical settings, managing large and small patients and handling biological materials.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as veterinary technicians in small, large, or mixed animal veterinary practices, humane societies, veterinary pharmaceutical, medical equipment and nutrition industries, zoological parks, university and research facilities and provincial and federal government agencies.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Perform basic patient examinations and collect data on vital signs.
  2. Restrain and manage small animals in clinical situations.
  3. Administer medications by common drug routes and prepare pharmaceuticals as prescribed by a veterinarian.
  4. Prepare anesthetic delivery systems, induce anesthesia, and monitor patients under anesthesia.
  5. Prepare and maintain the surgical area and assist during surgical procedures.
  6. Perform dental prophylactic procedures on dogs and cats.
  7. Produce standard diagnostic radiographs.
  8. Collect and process samples for diagnostic laboratory work.
  9. Perform common veterinary diagnostic tests, such as blood chemistries, differentials, culture and sensitivities and EKGs.
  10. Perform basic veterinary practice management including computer applications.
  11. Recognize behavioural signs of small animals.
  12. Counsel clients especially in the area of pet nutrition.
  13. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

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