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Veterinary Technician

Veterinary Technician

Program Code:VTE
Campus:King
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This program trains para-professional personnel to support and complement veterinary practitioners, public health officers and biomedical research scientists.

This highly respected program is located at Seneca’s picturesque King Campus in the GTA. In addition to its state–of–the–art facility and equipment, the program is well recognized for its excellent instructors, quality graduates and high placement rates.

Provincial Registration

In order to practice in Ontario as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), graduates must meet and maintain specific qualifications and conditions of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT), including successful completion of the Veterinary Technician Examination. Seneca's Veterinary Technician (VTE) program has been approved by the OAVT Board of Directors.
For more information on RVT qualifications, please visit oavt.org.

Areas of Study

As a student in VTE, you will study animal behaviour; small, large and laboratory animal nursing; dentistry; anaesthesiology; nutrition; clinical pathology; parasitology; microbiology; radiography; pharmacology; surgical techniques; comparative anatomy and physiology; genetics and liberal studies. You will also learn animal care and responsibilities, as they are important components of the program.

Your studies will include small group hands–on learning and comprehensive instruction in small, large and laboratory companion animals.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 11 Biology: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Chemistry: (C) or (U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: (U) or (M)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Pre–Admissions English and math test – Cost $55

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will complete the pre-admissions English and math test.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of the pre-admissions English and math test as well as academic grades.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked will be offered a seat in the program.

Prior To Beginning Of Class:

  • Pre-exposure immunization for rabies

Prior To Beginning Of Class:

  • Due to the physical requirements of the career, the ability to lift 25kg is needed
  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Senior Physics (C) or (U)
    • Prior work experience with animals.

Fees

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Your Career

Become a Veterinary Technician. With our four-semester diploma program, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to pursue a career in veterinary practices, health science schools, hospitals, research institutes, the food industry, wildlife services, zoological parks, government agencies and industry sales.

Affiliations/Associations

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) reciprocity
  • Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) teaching facility
  • Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians (OAVT) teaching facility
  • College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) licensed veterinary facility
  • Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) Good Animal Practice (GAP) certified
  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) registration

Field Work

You will benefit from work experience in a veterinary facility sometime during the first three semesters. In the fourth semester, you will gain further practical experience by working in an animal care facility.

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Toronto

University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major

Ontario

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Wilfrid Laurier University• Honours Bachelor of Arts

International

University/CollegeDegrees Available
Hartpury College• Bachelor of Science (Hons) Animal Management Programme

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
APY112 Veterinary Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals
CCA112 Clinical Care of Animals I
CLP100 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I
EAC150 College English
ETY100 Veterinary Etymology
MED101 Medical Clinics I
VMT112 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 2
BUG200 Parasitology
CCA212 Clinical Care of Animals II
CLP200 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures II
MED200 Medical Clinics II and Diseases
NOA212 Nutrition of Animals I
PMY200 Pharmacology
RAD212 Introductory Radiography
VMT200 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
CCA312 Clinical Care of Animals III
CLP300 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III
LAS312 Large and Small Mammal Studies
MED300 Medical Clinics III and Dentistry
RAD312 Advanced Radiography
SGT312 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques
VPL300 Introduction to Clinical Field Placement
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CCA412 Clinical Care of Animals IV
CLP400 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures IV
EXO412 Exotics
GEB312 Genetics and Bioethics
MED400 Medical Clinics IV and Dentistry
NOA412 Nutrition of Animals II
SGT412 Surgery II
VPL400 Field Placement
VTE400 Hospital and Career Management

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
APY112 Veterinary Comparative Anatomy and Physiology
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals
CCA112 Clinical Care of Animals I
CLP100 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I
EAC150 College English
ETY100 Veterinary Etymology
MED101 Medical Clinics I
VMT112 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics I
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 2
BUG200 Parasitology
CCA212 Clinical Care of Animals II
CLP200 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures II
MED200 Medical Clinics II and Diseases
NOA212 Nutrition of Animals I
PMY200 Pharmacology
RAD212 Introductory Radiography
VMT200 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
CCA312 Clinical Care of Animals III
CLP300 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III
LAS312 Large and Small Mammal Studies
MED300 Medical Clinics III and Dentistry
RAD312 Advanced Radiography
SGT312 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques
VPL300 Introduction to Clinical Field Placement
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CCA412 Clinical Care of Animals IV
CLP400 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures IV
EXO412 Exotics
GEB312 Genetics and Bioethics
MED400 Medical Clinics IV and Dentistry
NOA412 Nutrition of Animals II
SGT412 Surgery II
VPL400 Field Placement
VTE400 Hospital and Career Management

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
APY112 Veterinary Comparative Anatomy and Physiology 7
BOA112 Behaviour of Animals 2
CCA112 Clinical Care of Animals I 2
CLP100 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures I 2
EAC150 College English 3
ETY100 Veterinary Etymology 1
MED101 Medical Clinics I 4
VMT112 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics I 1
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BUG200 Parasitology 5
CCA212 Clinical Care of Animals II 3
CLP200 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures II 3
MED200 Medical Clinics II and Diseases 6
NOA212 Nutrition of Animals I 1
PMY200 Pharmacology 4
RAD212 Introductory Radiography 3
VMT200 Veterinary Pharmaceutical Mathematics 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CCA312 Clinical Care of Animals III 3
CLP300 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures III 4
LAS312 Large and Small Mammal Studies 4
MED300 Medical Clinics III and Dentistry 2
RAD312 Advanced Radiography 4
SGT312 Veterinary Anesthesia and Surgical Techniques 8
VPL300 Introduction to Clinical Field Placement 1
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CCA412 Clinical Care of Animals IV 4
CLP400 Veterinary Clinical Laboratory Procedures IV 3
EXO412 Exotics 2
GEB312 Genetics and Bioethics 3
MED400 Medical Clinics IV and Dentistry 2
NOA412 Nutrition of Animals II 1
SGT412 Surgery II 4
VPL400 Field Placement 7
VTE400 Hospital and Career Management 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55013
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Lerna Francisco
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22758
Lerna.Francisco@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Cathy Dawson
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55026
Catherine.Dawson@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Emma Brown
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55247
Emma.Brown@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair (Acting): Jennifer Graham
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 55143
Jennifer.Graham@senecacollege.ca
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Veterinary Technician graduates Tarah Holmes and Sarah Carnagie, who also teaches in the program, are featured on Rogers TV. Video