Algonquin College

Veterinary Technician


Transform learning into making a difference on a veterinary health care team.
The two-year Veterinary Technician Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to enter the 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.
You benefit from learning in the 10,100 square-foot Veterinary Learning Centre and Clinic. This facility includes a reception area, exam rooms, husbandry area, surgical suite, dental suite, radiography room and more. This facility is similar to a real-life small animal clinic, enabling you to have an on-campus learning experience using the equipment you would also use in the field.
As a student, you have the unique opportunity to provide medical care to shelter animals, helping to prepare them for adoption. While in the program, you become a vital member of the veterinary health care team, developing and acquiring valuable knowledge and skills that can then be applied to a variety of areas within the Veterinary Learning Centre and Clinic.
This includes:

physical exams and patient care
preparing and administering medications
surgical assisting and anesthesia
producing diagnostic radiographs
providing nutritional support
Additional benefits of this program are its numerous accreditations. It is accredited by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians; certified by the Canadian Council on Animal Care; and registered with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Graduates are eligible for consideration for registration by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Animal Science.
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 veterinary technician profession. Graduates of this program may find employment in a variety of professional settings, which include:

small, large, or mixed animal veterinary practices
animal shelters
veterinary pharmaceutical companies
medical equipment and nutritional sales
zoological parks and wildlife facilities
research facilities
provincial and federal government agencies
post-secondary institutions and regulatory bodies
This program is well-suited for students who:

Are able to commit to a full time program of study, including having the ability 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.

Program Duration:
2 Years
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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