4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Diploma

About the Program

Throughout this two-year diploma program you will gain the knowledge and skills to assist and support veterinary practitioners, public health officers and biomedical research scientists.

You will study a variety of subjects, including nutrition, clinical pathology, microbiology, radiography, anatomy, physiology and genetics. These studies will provide you with a strong grasp on animal behaviour, nursing and care. 

The curriculum is taught by expert faculty who collaborate with students, graduates and industry professionals on applied research projects in the sector.

To practice in Ontario as a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), you must meet and maintain the qualifications set by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians. You must also complete the Veterinary Technician Examination.

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Work Experience

Field Placement

As a student in this program, if all academic requirements are met, you will have the opportunity to participate in a field placement. Field placements take place in a professional setting during your first three semesters of the Veterinary Technician program. This experience will provide you with further practical experience by working in an animal care facility during your fourth semester.

Your Career

When you graduate from this program, these are the types of employers waiting for you:

  • Hospitals
  • Research institutes
  • Wildlife services
  • Government agencies
  • Industry sales


You will also have the opportunity to become affiliated with the following 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

Student Works and Experiences

 Veterinary Technician Student
Veterinary Technician Student

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